It’s perhaps not surprising that the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, formerly the Ontario Milk Marketing Board, are less than enthusiastic about the recent court decision in favour of the legality of cowshares. Looks like they’re having their people (lobbyists) talk to the government’s people to see what can be done. This is what little we really know about the situation, thanks to the Manitoba Cooperator, of all places:
“Citing “increased public health risks,” the Dairy Farmers of Ontario is publicly urging the province to appeal a local justice’s decision allowing distribution of raw, unpastuerized milk through “cow shares.”
“At this point, DFO expects the Ontario government will appeal the decision to a higher court, defend the legislation and take all steps necessary to protect the public by ensuring the safety of the food supply,” the provincial dairy farmers’ group said in a release Friday.
Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt, who manages a “cow share” program for fans of raw, unpasteurized milk from his cattle at Durham, Ont., was acquitted Thursday by a justice of the peace at Newmarket, Ont., of 19 charges that alleged the raw product was being sold.
Paul Kowarsky ruled that Schmidt’s scheme is not a violation of Ontario’s public health rules or milk marketing regulations, as there is no selling or marketing for the product. The cow-share program distributes the milk to members of a co-operative who own shares of the cow….”
“…..DFO said it had expressed concern over Kowarsky’s decision to the provincial attorney general and health and agriculture ministries.”