It’s always illuminating to read the opinions of those who are virulently opposed to raw milk for one reason or another. This latest rant from Connie appeared just yesterday in the Kingston Whig-Standard where it’s called “Raw Milk Debate in Ontario Goes On“. Here are some excerpts from that column:
“The whole acrimonious debate over raw milk and so-called “food freedom” amazes me.
Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt’s not guilty verdict on 19 charges of selling raw milk is also being called a victory for consumer freedom, but really it’s a defeat for public health.
I’ll put my biases right up front. I’m a dairy farmer’s daughter and I wouldn’t drink raw milk if you paid me.
So it always amazes me to hear people extolling the benefits of raw milk -the taste, the extra nutrients, the purity, blah-blah-blah.
And even though everyone from Health Canada to your local health unit will tell you that’s not the case, Ontarians are beginning to buy the argument. Several online media polls show many believe in the right to choose what they eat, safe or not.
I’d like to make all these folks visit a dairy barn at milking time. It might open their eyes to the blunt facts -in the cleanest barn on earth, the chances of disease being transferred from cow to milk are huge.
Cows in the barn can lie in their own feces, no matter how often the stable cleaner runs. Particularly in winter, their bodies are often coated in filth. Cows allowed out frequently can be seen lying on the nearest manure pile. And then there’s the possibility of rat bites, open cuts and you name it.
Don’t believe me? Go look for yourself. The possibilities for contamination are endless. Tuberculosis, listeriosis, E. coli, coliforms -just a few of the diseases carried by raw milk.
But hey, you want food freedom. And besides, raw milk tastes so good, right?
Fans say pasteurization kills the taste. Wrong. Raw milk is full of butterfat and fat makes everything taste better, from french fries to beef. Drinking it is like downing a carton of coffee cream. Most people drink low fat milk these days and if it’s less tasty, it’s better for us and equally nutritious….”
“….His win means he’ll carry on with his co-operative and others likely will follow.
The Ontario government has 30 days to launch an appeal and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario are already pressing for one. The DFO says it “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.”
But there’s another issue in the Schmidt case that’s seldom mentioned -the undermining of the overwhelming majority of Ontario dairy farmers who obey the law.
For 40 cows, Schmidt would have to spend nearly $1 million to acquire the quota that would allow him to sell milk to the DFO. Apparently he doesn’t want to do that. In Ontario, you can only sell raw milk to the marketing agency. And you can’t just decide to buy some cows and start shipping milk. You have to be licensed and purchase quota, a supply management system that has worked for decades.
But Schmidt, the people’s hero, wants a free ride. That’s his real mission.
So while the Ontario government mulls over an appeal -and I hope they do -drink all the raw milk you like. Go nuts. Feed it to your kids. Ignore the danger and let’s hope nobody gets sick. Or dies.”
Now a sampling from the comments:
SirJohnEh!: “Generations have grown up on raw milk and still do-its up to the person if they want to buy it or not. Raw milk is a beautiful thing and before chemicals came around and starting poisoning our foods people lived and ate healthier foods. Good article.”
Judoman: “I grew up on a farm and my grandma would never let us kids drink the cows milk until after she boiled it. Too dangerous she said. There are many dead children in graves that died from unpasteurized milk. Louis Pasteur’s invention of pateurization saved many lives. People in Canada lobbied the government for years to pass a law for pasteurization. There are hundreds of people in the US and Canada that die every year from drinking unpaseurized milk.
One of the main reasons that it is important to pasteurize milk for human consumption is that you have no idea what that cow has eaten. Whatever they eat ends up in the milk. All grass has chemicals in it and the hay and oats they eat are treated or grown with chemiclas and fertilizers. The only way that you can make the milk safe to drink is to pasteurize it. Hopefully this case goes to the Supreme Court and a decision is rendered. The Ontario Milk Marketing Board has a big stake in this also. This guy has no milk quota and is skirting laws big time buy selling his milk throw milk shares.”
Bedrock: “my daughter use to have a reaction to milk products
i fed here some raw milk on the advice of my father she is no longer allergic to milk
there are also links between raw milk and allergic reations to peanuts
when i was a growing up in the country we didnt have any kids allergic to peanuts nor were there so many asthma cases
we all drank milk straight from the farm(cow)
now you cnat take a peanut butter sandwich to school yet most kids grow out of this by highschool”