Milk and Cookies rally for food freedom in Victoria B.C., November 23rd, 2011

The following words and pictures are from the rally’s Facebook page:

Warning sign from the Facebook page.

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.

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Read more on the Milk and Cookies rally Facebook page.

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2 responses to “Milk and Cookies rally for food freedom in Victoria B.C., November 23rd, 2011

  1. anthony

    “It is about food dictatorship and corrupt government/industry partnership to control our most precious resources.”
    It’s the same thing with natural resources and other products on which restrictions are placed on a regular basis. This only proves the fact that the only thing in which the regulators are interested is their own profit. I am a great fan of local farmers and their products which I think can under no circumstances be replaced by genetically modified products. What I like in particular is bio meat. It has recently been on the rise but it still needs a lot of promotion. I was lucky to find some great places such as The Healthy Butcher, Fresh From the Farm, Cumbrae’s in Toronto where you can get healthy and high-quality meat which not only eases your conscience as far as the treatment of animals is concerned but it also has a much more positive impact on your health and lifestyle. But when I read about the actions that the government together with other authorities are about to take I get the impression that the future of local farmers and organic food is under serious threat and we should all do something about it.

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