Join us at the Victoria BC Legislature Buildings next Wednesday November 23rd, 2011 at 11.30 am to stand for our right to choose food from local farmers. Folks will be gathering across Canada that day to rally for food freedom.
It is legal for Canadians to purchase unpasteurized milk across the border from Washington State, and to bring it back to Canada to drink. But it is illegal to purchase raw milk, or even receive it as a gift, from a local Canadian farmer. What is wrong with this picture?
Vending machines across Europe sell raw milk, yet our Canadian federal and provincial governments insist that it is too dangerous for us to access. (What about alcohol, cigarettes, pharmaceutical drugs? We get to choose these!)
Governments in BC and Ontario have demonstrated their willingness to take extreme measures to prosecute and persecute raw milk farmers. These are farmers who risk their livelihoods to meet the needs of consumers who seek out fresh, grass-fed milk by buying shares in dairying cows and goats.
This issue is not about safety. It is not about milk. It is about food dictatorship and corrupt government/industry partnership to control our most precious resources.
There will be a goat at this rally, and possibly a cow.
We will have cookies… and maybe even milk. Bring an empty cup if you don’t mind getting arrested or charged.