From Community Team, at CBC news.ca
Where the poll stood at 3:23 pm Thursday
“Durham dairy farmer Michael Schmidt was found guilty of selling and distributing raw milk on Wednesday, a decision that overturned his 2010 acquittal.
While it is not against the law to drink unpasteurized milk in Canada, it is illegal to sell it despite the niche demand in Ontario and other provinces.
Health officials maintain that milk must be pasteurized before it is sold, as it can contain pathogens like salmonella, listeria and E. coli – all harmful or deadly if consumed….”
The same poll, but 10 hours later.
[The Bovine editor’s commentary: As you can see in the second image, the percentage of respondents who voted YES has increase from 80% to 90%. You don’t have to be a math whiz to know that this is an overwhelming message from the public to the effect that raw milk SHOULD be legalized and that we should stop persecuting and prosecuting farmers like Michael Schmidt who make great personal sacrifices to enable people to exercise what they see as their right to decide what they should eat and drink. You can’t get much more basic than that. The poll seems to be still running, so if you haven’t voted yet, click on the link below and vote now!]
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From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
Michael Schmidt talks to reporters at a news conference September 27th in Thornhill, at the raw milk blue bus.
“While expressing sympathy for the arguments of raw milk drinkers and producers, an Ontario appeals judge has nonetheless reversed Michael Schmidt’s exoneration nearly two years ago on charges of violating the province’s dairy laws. It’s even conceivable, the judge said, that Schmidt could be jailed.
In the judge’s opinion, the legislature made a rational decision to ban the sale and distribution of raw milk, even if it might have discriminated against consumers who want raw milk. .
In his 77-page decision, Judge P.D. Tetley stated: “The balancing of the competing interests of preserving and maintaining public health on the one hand against the resultant limitations on the right to choose what we eat, on the other is… a matter for the legislature. The restrictions imposed on certain residents of Ontario, as far as the consumption, distribution and purchase of raw milk is concerned, are within the authorized ambit or scope of legislative authority. In view of the evidence presented at trial it cannot be concluded the law, as it presently stands, is overbroad from a constitutional perspective or too sweeping in its breadth. While it may effectively discriminate against non-farm dwelling raw milk consumers, that fact in itself does not necessarily render the law non-Charter compliant, particularly in relation to the Respondent who, as a dairy farmer, is not a member of the restricted group.” Continue reading