Voting day in Ontario is October 6. If you are a supporter of raw milk, please make sure your local candidates know your views. Here’s how:
• When the candidates come knocking at your door, tell them what you think
• During Q&A period at the candidates’ debates in your riding, ask a question about their position on raw milk
• Send a letter to the candidates at their riding headquarters
Some points you might want to raise:
• Louis Pasteur didn’t develop his heat‐treating process for food until 1862 and people drank raw milk for 10,000 years before that.
• Raw milk is sold legally in 26 states of the U.S. Another 4 states allow cowsharing or herd‐sharing. But there are no epidemics of illness from raw milk.
• Raw milk is sold legally in most countries of Europe, but there are no epidemics of illness caused by it. In France, Italy, Switzerland and Slovania, there are even vending machines that dispense raw milk.
• The Queen of England drinks raw milk from her own farm. When Prince William and Prince Harry were at school at Eton, she instructed her dairyman to bottle up some raw milk and deliver it to them at school daily.
• The most risky foods according to statistics published by the U.S. Centre for Disease Control are seafood, produce, poultry, beef and pork. Illness from milk is tiny in comparison. Here’s the link to the report:
• When milk from factory farms is pooled for pasteurization, huge epidemics of illness can arise from contamination. In one single incident in the U.S., as many as 160,000 people got salmonella poisoning from pasteurized milk.
• A recent survey of Ontario dairy farmers found that 88.7 percent said either they or their family members consumed raw milk from their own farms, even though they normally sent their milk to be pasteurized before sale to the public. There’s no epidemic of illness among Ontario dairy farmers.
• Two scientific papers published after Schmidt’s trial in 2009 showed that the shiga toxins produced by the bacterium e‐coli O157:H7 are not inactivated by pasteurization even though the bacteria themselves may be killed. The studies followed an incident in North Cumbria, England in which 114 people became ill and 28 required hospitalization after consuming pasteurized milk