From Margo McIntosh:
It has been pointed out to me that some people do not approve of the rawmilkconsumer.ca initiative because we are asking for legal government regulated milk. We are not and I will explain in a moment. Some have said they would support it if it was linked to Cow Share Canada, others that they wouldn’t support it if it was linked to Cow Share Canada etc. etc. Some seem to think that this initiative was spearheaded by Michael Schmidt, others that think we are doing this behind his back. Neither of these has any speck of truth to it. Michael knows what we are doing but has had no influence on anything we do. In fact he has not given any input nay or for. I welcome his input but it won’t change what we do as a working group.
I thought this was explained clearly but let me give it another go. We are collecting consumer support to take a package of raw milk information to our MP’s and MPP’s in order to give them another perspective to look at this from that isn’t the current dogma from Health Canada. I became very aware that many of the politicians no nothing about safe raw milk being consumed in all the other G8 countries and half the US. They also have no idea that the reported outbreaks and illnesses from raw milk, when taken in the larger context of total illness from raw foods of any kind, is very small. We have someone working on a paper for research and one for how this is regulated in other countries.
We are asking for a private agreement between farmer and consumer, whether that be cow share/herd share or private contract to be recognized under the current law. Changing laws in Canada would be nearly impossible so creating a place for raw milk within our current laws is much has much more chance to succeed. The idea of private agreement in any form ensures that the consumer knows what they are getting, has done their homework on the risks and is choosing to exercise their fundamental right to whole foods by hiring a farmer to care for their cow, sheep or goat and milk it for them. Under a private agreement the fear of Health Canada that innocent public will be endangered is null and void. Any consumer who is going to go to the lengths of searching out a farmer, taking part in the purchase of an animal and paying someone to milk and care for it is not likely to be a member of the uneducated and uninformed “public”. Neither is a consumer who signs a legal document that they understand the milk they are purchasing is untreated. This approach does not in any way infringe on supply management and it’s goals. The consumer wanting whole raw milk is not likely to buy anything from a commercial dairy in the first place.
We are not specifying in our proposal any group that could oversee this. This initiative is about gaining MP and MPP support for the idea of a private contract as a legal way for people to provide their families with a whole food without endangering a farmer. This is about the right to choose for ourselves what we put in our mouths and what we feed our children. Government bodies have made grave errors in the past on food recommendations and those of us who have educated ourselves on this fact want a different approach starting with the right to have raw milk and it’s products if we want them. Those who are pro Cow Share Canada and those who are not are needed to help us with the petition and with the process as we go forward. We all need to work together to get this done so lets put our personal agendas to the side and open a door that has been closed for far too long.
Once, with enough consumer backing, we have some support from elected officials, it will be up to any group that thinks they can present their case to government as an overseeing body to take the lead. We are not denouncing or backing Cow Share Canada or any other group that wants to provide raw milk. The working group is a diverse group of consumers who have different ideas about how we want to see this done. We are working together towards a common goal. We need all of you to stand up with us and help us.
I will be posting this on the forum at www.rawmilkconsumer.ca/forum if anyone feels the need to comment. It will also be on Facebook at http://rawmilkconsumer.ca/ and on Twitter. If anyone wants to join the working group or help in any way please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone please help with distributing the petition you will find on the home page of this website!
Margo McIntosh, RHN, RNCP, CGP