Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

B.C. judge orders Alice Jongerden not to milk the cows — so now what?

Excerpts from the Vancouver Observer story by Manda Aufochs Gillespie:

A few of the roughly 50 supporters who turned out at the courthouse yesterday in Vancouver to show their support for raw milk, Alice Jongerden, and "Home on the Range". Photo via Vancouver Observer.

“Supporters and shareholders filled the courtroom in New Westminster, B.C. today to witness whether dairy farmer Alice Jongerden would be found in contempt of court for continuing to milk the cows owned by the Home on the Range milk cooperative.

The judge did not seem to take kindly to Ms. Jongerden having no legal counsel, to her attempts to submit evidence into the case, or to her request for cross-examination of the witness who had signed an affadavit against her. At one point he pointed directly at Ms. Jongerden and seemingly lost his temper, as he raised his voice and jabbed his finger in her direction. Continue reading


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Alice Jongerden to not milk cows for a month as a condition of adjournment

Gordon Watson reports on the outcome of yesterday’s court proceedings in Vancouver:

What happens when you don't milk a cow. Photo via Vancouver Observer.

“We had a very good showing of support today in New Westminster Lawcourts for Home on the Range dairy, as Alice Jongerden faced a contempt of Court charge –  ostensibly, for “packaging and distributing raw milk for human consumption” contrary to a Court order prohibiting such.

Fifty or so people filled the public gallery to watch as Mister Justice Saunders presided over a minor masterpiece in how Justice is perverted whilst maintaining the appearance of civility. Very testily, he mis-stated the facts of the matter,  barging-ahead, presuming things not in evidence, so Mrs Jongerden was railroaded before his noon lunch break. Continue reading

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So what else are we not allowed to eat?

Excerpted from a story on updatednews.ca:

“Just because it’s edible doesn’t mean it’s legal. There are some foods that federal and state governments ban or severely restrict because of health concerns, to preserve a species, or even in response to inhumane preparation methods. Check out some dishes and ingredients currently banned in the U.S., plus some recently made legal.

Unpasteurized Milk

Banned: Twenty-one states ban the sale of raw milk. Some states permit sale in stores, while others only allow sale direct from farms in small quantities.

Reason: Unpasteurized, or “raw,” milk was a household staple in U.S. homes before late-19th-century implementation of pasteurization techniques intended to make milk safer. Laws banning raw milk are meant to protect consumers from harmful bacteria, but proponents of raw milk argue that current standards in farm sanitation make the unpasteurized liquid safe to drink.


Banned: Importation of the raw fruit is banned in the U.S.

Reason: This pear-shaped fruit — the national fruit of Jamaica — contains edible flesh, but inedible black seeds. Those seeds contain toxins that can suppress the body’s ability to release an extra supply of glucose, plunging one’s blood sugar level and potentially leading to death.

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