By Margo McIntosh:
Michael Schmidt (second from right) and friends at the University of Guelph raw milk symposium April 22nd, 2014. Photos via the Canadian Consumer Raw Milk Advocacy blog.
“On April 22, 2014, the University of Guelph held a Science To Policy Symposium with raw milk as the case study. Approximately 90 people attended. As far as could be determined 90% of these people were from Public Health, CFIA and interested scientists.
The other 10% were raw milk advocates and supporters. For a list of the presenters and other information about the symposium, go to this link http://ennect.com/e2340. Before you read this you might want to read the bios of these speakers. Continue reading
From Margo McIntosh, on the Canadian Consumer Raw Milk Advocacy blog:
Ontario herdshare members and supporters on hand for a meeting with health officials.
‘Today about 30 people were at a farm just north of Clinton, Ontario in the cold and rain to show support for their cow share farmer. Raw milk consumers are realizing the importance of speaking up and supporting their farmers. Farmers who board, care for and milk cows for people deserve our support when our outdated laws are used to try to stop them. Continue reading
Today Sustain Ontario hosted a debate, which was more like a conversation about raw milk, and the political climate surrounding in it. The debate over raw milk has been going on for over 20 years in Canada. We tend to hear more about the USA on our news casts and have all been following the debates and raids in the USA with great interest. It is time that Canadians get involved in our own food rights actions and educate ourselves. This webinar was a great way to learn about the issues surrounding raw milk from both sides of the belief system. All the participants were knowledgeable, courteous and articulate. It was a very good discussion of all the aspects surrounding the debate about raw milk. The webinar will be archived on the Sustain Ontario site shortly for those of you who were not able to see it.
There have been comments that this was not purely a Canadian debate because Sally Fallon and Dr. Ted Beals are both Americans. If we had two such strong personalities who would speak on behalf of raw milk in Canada we would have asked them. There simply isn’t anyone else as knowledgeable about the benefits of raw milk as Sally Fallon and Dr. Beals has spent years studying and researching this food. We were very fortunate to have these two professionals agree to speak to us here in Canada. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Special to The Bovine, by Margo McIntosh
The Canadian Consumer Raw Milk Advocacy Group is announcing their forum at www.rawmilkconsumer.ca/forum. The purpose of this forum is to collect information and discuss how to constructively go forward with our lobbying of government.
Within the new forum are some boards to start people thinking about the types of things we need to find information on. For example, there is a board for Raw Milk Science, one for Raw Milk Outside Canada, Raw Milk in Canada, Pasteurization in Canada and a general discussion board for things that don’t fit any of those criteria. New boards can certainly be posted so let us know what you think needs to be added and it will be given due consideration. Continue reading
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! Continue reading
Thanks to Margo McIntosh for bringing these videos by Andrew Kohl to our attention: