“Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says it’s time to regulate the sale of raw milk.
“It isn’t about whether you like Michael Schmidt or don’t like Michael Schmidt or whether you want to consume raw milk or you don’t want to consume raw milk. The ultimate thing that needs to happen here is for the province to get off its fanny and regulate raw milk,” Miller said after a visit to the Schmidt farm on Wednesday.
“I was raised on it, my kids were raised on it and there isn’t one dairy farmer in my riding that I know of that doesn’t drink milk from their own cows. So what’s the difference . . . If people want that choice then let them have that choice, but put regulations in place that make it safe to drink,” he added.
Miller and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker toured Schmidt’s Durham area farm at Schmidt’s invitation. Miller says he found the operation as clean and safe as he’s seen anywhere.
Walker said he appreciated the information that Schmidt provided about the growing acceptance of raw milk in many of the American states and across Europe, including England.
“Safety has to be paramount but if there is a way to do this safely then I think it should be studied. Maybe the federal government agricultural committee does a study and gets some conclusion . . . let science rule rather than politics or hyperbole and go from there,” he said.
Miller said cleanliness is paramount.
“I used to milk cows myself and we kept our facilities very clean; you have to do that when you’re selling to the public and Michael’s is as clean or cleaner that most I’ve seen . . . nobody can say that his facilities are not OK,” said Miller.
Miller said there have been advances in technology since the 1930s when the sale and distribution of raw milk was banned in Ontario.
“We haven’t heard of anyone of Michael’s cow share owners being sick, so obviously if you do it right, and I believe Michael is doing it right, as far as safety goes,” said Miller, who noted that some people prefer to consume only organic vegetables, or organically grown meat or cereals….”