From Ontario raw milk farmer and advocate Michael Schmidt:
As Sustain Ontario is organizing a much anticipated debate about the benefits and risks of raw milk, I begin to wonder why not a debate about how to provide quality raw milk in the current regulatory climate in Ontario or in Canada.
As I said before, we cannot and should not try to explore such a political issue in a debate where there is absolutely no interest to resolve the basic rights issue.
What should be debated is the following;
Why has the right to obtain raw milk been severely restricted and taken away after all?
And how can we provide quality raw milk, which provides some kind of safety assurance for Government and consumer protection?
Considering the participants of this Canadian raw milk debate, it will be a repeat of the same without any new conclusions or considerations.
You can have hundred experts on the one side and hundred experts on the other side and at the end you will come to the extraordinary conclusion that the only thing you can rely on is your own experience and your own instinct and your own research.
The debate about raw milk cannot evolve unless we are willing to put aside the political aspect of righteousness.
In a way I agree with previous comments, why should we at all even engage in the debate, how we can get the law changed to have the right granted to us to obtain raw milk?
Certainly we can attempt to live in the freedom bubble like some, who declare themselves outside of any jurisdiction.
This can certainly be applied under the pretense that today’s reality of Government control does not exist.
The declaration to be free in the context of rights remains a mystery to many but keeps attracting many followers and the issue of quality raw milk is pushed into a realm where it does not belong.
As the “raw milk consumer advocacy initiative” takes shape it will have to reflect on it’s own direction trying to please everyone or trying to avoid to offend anyone.
The “political correctness” might create nothing else than many other initiatives who will get drowned by bureaucratic formalities and thousand of signatures which at the end get tossed into another pile of many other causes of disgruntled citizens.
Do not get me wrong I admire the initiative but everything that is proposed has been done. We are beyond the stage of begging politicians and collecting signatures.
We are in the need of demonstrating how we can produce responsibly quality raw milk and how we can create a proper understanding what our rights are.
To pretend that we are not part of the system is fine and dandy but this way we are displaying the same ignorance as the so called bureaucrats we like to criticize.
I rather go the route of training, education, testing and accreditation for raw milk quality than spinning the freedom wheel. After all I believe that those who promote free for all raw milk still drive on the right side of the road, stop at the traffic light and fly in airplanes which are controlled by pilots with a license.
The “underground raw milk movement” provides emotional canon fodder to the debate but no credible partner to challenge authorities.
As much as people like to criticize Cow Share Canada, as of today I have not seen any other alternative which could provide an alternative.
Going to Government without a proper understanding of the issue and without a working model will lead to further non co-operation and for sure not to freedom.
What is freedom anyway??????
If I am a slave of my own obsession about freedom and control, then I rather want to be free to say, yes I think we should create our own standards of quality and integrity, so that the more and more confused consumer has some support in making a choice.
Those who reject standards are always “free” to continue to be slaves of their obsession to be “free”.