A guest post by Margo McIntosh:
A new consumer group has formed to coordinate the efforts of many across Canada to make headway with raw milk legislation. There is a working group consisting of consumers from various walks of life across Canada. Our website is www.rawmilkconsumer.ca. I have just been informed that Slow Food Montreal is gearing up to create the same type of group in French so we will be collaborating our efforts with them. This is a Federal and Provincial advocacy effort and we need your help.
On the Welcome page of the website is a petition that we need hand signed and returned to us by September 15, 2012. In order to present this to the House of Commons, the petition has to be in original format. Please help us by circulating this petition and collecting as many signatures as you can. Anyone who believes that Canadians have the right to access natural foods if they want them can sign this petition. You will find the address to mail the petition to printed right on it. We need your help! Help us make a difference!
The purpose of the website is to share information and act as a central hub for this initiative. The purpose of the working group is to collect information and create an educational package for Members of Parliament at both levels of government. Photocopies of the petitions will accompany this information package.
We are recruiting volunteers to help us with:
a) Petition signatures.
b) Distributing our educational package in each province and following up with politicians after the distribution.
If you can spare some time to help with this in the fall of 2012, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are someone who understands the inner workings of government, are a scientist or student who will help with research and writing or a consumer activist with a strong desire to make a difference for futuregenerations, please consider joining our working group. Contact us through the website at email@example.com.
The battle for raw milk has been going on across our country for years. While the number of raw milk consumers has certainly grown by leaps and bounds, we still find ourselves having to resort to the underground market to obtain a healthy, natural product that is allowed in many other countries. Some countries even have vending machines for this “dangerous substance” as our public health deems it. Humans have been drinking the milk from mammals for thousands of years and yet ourgovernment has been totally closed about discussing ways for us to access it safely.
Food rights are about as basic as breathing from my perspective. We cannot and should not allow government to disregard our demands when half the rest of the world is happily consuming raw milk. It makes no sense. Any rational person can see how ridiculous it is to continue to tell us that all raw milk is a health hazard when thousands of people across the world are drinking it and in fact thousands are drinking it in Canada safely. There is good research that shows that the way the cows are raised and handled makes all the difference for food safety. How did we get to a point where food safety concerns and legislation has gotten so tight that there is no room for new ideas and discussion?
The people who enforce the laws around food are not a bunch of evil beings looking to upset our lives. They are human beings doing their jobs. Where we need to look is at the laws that govern how these officials are required to do their job. For that we need to educate the Members of Parliament so that they understand the public desire. We need to set up a government task force to do deeper investigation into how we can decriminalize raw milk andprovide a way for tax paying citizens to obtain it within the law. That is entirely possible as we will be showing them in our information package.
Please help us collect thousands of signatures to go along with our initiative. Show our government what you want and lets make a difference that will benefit future generations.
Margo McIntosh, RHN, RNCP, CGP
Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner
Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, Ontario.