Gordon Watson sent us a link to the Vancouver Observer story excerpted below, along with the following commentary. There’s not much that’s really new here — that we haven’t covered before. But it’s always interesting to see how the mainstream media approach raw milk stories:
“….The [VO] story leaves the impression that we raw milk advocates had lost that round, when in actuality … by getting out of the Courtroom without an injunction being issued … we prevailed.
The way Mr. McDannold – lawyer for Fraser Health – scuttled-away afterwards, spoke volumes. If every mouthful of raw milk from our herd is a hazard to the health of the Public, then, logically, the Judge ought to have dealt with that situation, immediatement. Going away to consider what I and Alice and the other Respondents had put in front of her, says that she did not believe there was enough evidence = underscore “evidence” = of any genuine threat to the Public Health. We have won the point. I bet Madame Justice Gropper is thinking hard this minute, composing the wording of her ruling so our dairy won’t get shut down, yet Fraser Health won’t be humiliated.”
Now here’s an excerpt from the Vancouver Observer story:
““Who owns your body? Tell me!”
“And who decides what you put in your body?”
“We never gave permission to the Government to tell us what to put in our body.”
German-Canadian farmer, Michael Schmidt, rallied with the enthusiastic crowd at a hearing last week in New Westminster on the legality of selling raw milk. His baritone voice could be heard even without his megaphone.
“We are in the forefront of a major battle, in a positive sense, to stand up for what seems to be lost. There was the Women’s Rights Movement, now there is the Food Rights Movement. We are demanding that we are responsible for our own bodies,” he said.
In court, speaking on behalf of farmer and operator Alice Jongerden, and her business, Home on the Range, John Watson addressed her Honor with this one statement: “We need our food and we need our medicine.”
The court proceedings last week left the approximate 30 present supporters subdued in comparison to this morning’s 9:00 AM outdoor court rally next to the New Westminster Supreme Court….”
“….Then the court was dismissed at 11:45 AM where, after data collected from both parties (Guy McDonald, the Fraser Health Authority prosecuting attorney and Jongerden), left the judge acting in favour of the Public Health Authority lawyer. The suspended verdict at this point is that there is no use in granting an adjournment and the missing affidavits, if required, will be sought after.
The brand Home on the Range Farms represents 300 shareholders who own the cows which Jongerden tends.
The Fraser Health Authority deems raw milk a health hazard since Jongerden and her company packages and distribute it, despite FHA’s Public Health Act.
From observing families with children gathered at the hearing, it is evident that health issues are not of concern to those drinking unpasturized milk. Strong, healthy children stood firmly with posters in hopes of legally consuming raw milk.
Home on the Range has been operating for about three years and not one person has fallen ill….”