When I was in grade school our teacher once played a game with us of “telephone” in which a message was started at one end of the class and passed down to the other end. Of course the final version was quite different from the original. I was reminded of that experience when reading this story in “Top News”, which, while getting the gist of the story does contain glaring errors of fact, such as that raw milk is legal in Canada. But as P.T. Barnum is reported to have said about newspaper stories, “I don’t care what they say about me just as long as they spell my name right”. Here’s an excerpt from that Top News report. And hey, we can be glad some news editor out there recognizes that this story IS “top news”, because awareness can be the first step to change.
“Michael Schmidt fights for legality of Chilliwack dairy”
Michael Schmidt, who is a farmer in Ontario, is in B. C. to fight a legal battle for Chilliwack dairy that distributes unpasteurized milk to families who own shares in their own cows.
Michael is hopeful of winning the case and getting the rights to sell unpasteurized milk in B. C.
Earlier this month, Alice Jongerden had to resign, when the Fraser Health authority filed a case against her for distributing raw milk. The agency said that she was repeatedly asked to stop packaging and distributing products. She will appear in the court, on Oct. 14.
The charges against Schmidt were first filed in the year 2006, and he was fined $55,000 for contempt of court. In January, he was acquitted from all the 19 charges.
The scientists say that raw milk is not good for health. In the United States, as many as 29 states allow the sale of unpasteurized milk.
In the US, between the period of 1990 and 2003, out of 153 milk-related health outbreaks, 50 were due to raw milk and around 1140 people fell ill.
Among all the G8 countries, Canada is the only country where it is legal to sell raw milk….”