From the Canadian Raw Milk Consumer Advocacy Group:
“A total of 1685 submissions were received on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI’s) discussion paper: Proposals for continuing to legally provide for farm gate sales of raw drinking milk (discussion paper). Of these, 1663 were from the general public, two of which were petitions with multiple signatures. A further five submissions were from public health agencies, three were industry-related organisations, ten had identified themselves as farmers, two were interest groups, one was from an academic institution and one was a food safety auditor from a private company.
“The vast majority of submitters (1561) supported the continuation of raw drinking milk sales. The reasons given by submitters for drinking and using raw milk included the superior taste when compared to pasteurised milk, perceived health benefits, a desire to purchase an organic and natural product and the ability to support local, small businesses.
“Only 52 submitters clearly identified which of the options outlined in the discussion document they preferred. The reason for the low number was because most submitters had alternative approaches to those proposed. Of the 52 submitters who did identify an option, 45 supported option 3 (MPI’s preferred option) which was to make limited amendments to conditions of sale, exempt farmers from the requirement to operate under an RMP, and require that dairy farmers meet certain animal health and hygiene requirements. The remaining seven submitters supported option 1 which was to maintain the current legal position.
“Many submitters, including those who supported option 3 provided a number of suggested changes. These included:…”
7 responses to “New Zealand farmers to sell raw milk”
How civilized . . . how intelligent!
How wonderful. The new Zealand serfs got their owners permission to conditionally practice a God given right. What a victory.
** Rights are not up for discussion, and require no ones permission to exercise. So I guess the foods that you put into your body are now a government permission.
Many people believe that rights are given to us by government.These rights are as you say ” permission” and permission can be taken away, but rights can not. That is the point that people seem to not understand. Untill we do government will keep laughing in our face because we give them permission to do so.
I wonder if it would be useful for us to have a brainstorming session about why Canada is so uniquely backward on this issue of food freedom and raw milk accessibility ? However I would like to look at issues beyond just “Milk Marketing Boards”. How are we different socialogically ,politically, legally, morally and intellectually with regards to this issue as compared to the US, the UK, FRance ,Germany and most of Europe (and the world for that matter ) and Now New Zealand ? Is it because we are a young culture/society or a melting pot of different cultures ? Or is it because we have no culture (relatively speaking ) ? The challenge for Canadians is how do we think outside or our identity or “box” when we know only this reality for the most part ? How do you reconstruct food freedom or personal freedom without having something to compare with ?
You don’t need brainstorming , just follow the money and it all becomes clear. In the U.S.A. you need to get the FDA and USDA out of the way and in Canada the CFIA also has to go.Then and only then will our rights not be challenged.
One ALWAYS needs brainstorming. One always has to be willing to shelve the beliefs one feels comfortable for some period of time to be able to allow some new alternative to show its face. I believe the CFIA is only a ‘symptom ” of the problem. I see government institutions as being like “cutlery”. You can use a knife to cut your food or you can use it to injure yourself or somebody else. I speak for myself when I say that I find contrast very helpful. So looking at how other jurisdictions deal with issues can save a lot of time and energy. So while I am never saying that France or Germany have better governments than us , it is highly instructive to see how they view food safety , food culture and public acceptance and public consensus in these areas . My current personal opinion is that things have evolved to the point where only massive grassroots boycotts (a la Mahatma Gandhi style ) in Canada and the US will effect the desired change as the Government (including ,yes, the CFIA) is almost totally infected by these corporate profit-making, people killing machines. After a few years of convincing nation-gripping activism and boycotts , then only, will we be able to tackle the institutional level corruption. I am not saying we should not keep trying to change institutions , even as we speak, as these continual attempts act as “dry runs” which will continually prepare us, and make us stronger and smarter, for when the time is ripe for real change.