Raw milk — the Vancouver experience

Hella D shares her personal experience with raw milk along with some history of the Our Cows cowshare:

I'm guessing this must be raw milk being filtered for cosmetic use at Our Cows. Photo via Hella D.

“We live in a small apartment overlooking a couple main roads, right next to two gas stations in Vancouver BC. When we moved here one of the first things I did was to try to find a farm that would supply us with raw milk. Living in an apartment in a city without a place to grow your own food or have any access to a farm is a very precarious situation. We are fortunate to have a long sunny balcony where I grow herbs and a wonderful friend is letting us garden in her backyard this year, but food secure is something we are far from being.

Fortunately, we discovered a local cowshare whose goal is to bring the country to the city and help people like us. We got on the waiting list right away and after about a year we finally received word we could join. That was the day that not only did we begin to feel slightly more secure in our access to real food, but we became members of a whole new family. It is exciting to belong to a group of people who commit themselves to good, wholesome food, and it has been really wonderful getting to know this community. It is amazing how this nourishing, natural food source brings together people from the left, the right and the middle of the road. I have met people from all over the world through our cowshare, and for us, being a part of this welcoming community is just as important as having access to real food.

If all you know is mainstream media’s take on local cowshares, you may be led to believe that people who drink raw milk are ignorant, sneaky people who think changing a label is going to make a health issue go away. This has to be about as far from reality as possible. Most of the people in our cowshare are highly intelligent, critical thinkers who are putting themselves out on a limb to support a holistic community of people, cows, goats, cats, micro-organisms and more. They are willing to set aside various political differences to come together to support a very basic right. The freedom to put in our mouths whatever we choose, while at the same time providing a loving and comfortable environment for our cows and goats who also deserve a respectful, decent life.

The time, money, effort and dedication of the people involved in the cowshare movement across North America and the rest of the world is remarkable. These are real people. You can look into their eyes and see honesty and integrity as well as a certain wholesomeness that I believe comes from the wonderful healthy micro-organisms that are growing in their gut. I am a chef so I have looked into the eyes of many hungry people, and I swear you can clearly see confused, insatiable and highly paranoid greed in the eyes of a person controlled by pathogenic micro-organisms like candida. Just try taking away from that person their favorite highly refined complex carbohydrate and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Wars are generally encouraged and begun by people who are controlled by these soul destroying parasitic micro-organisms….”

Happy cows feel appreciated at our cows cowshare in Chilliwack B.C. Photo via Hella D.

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