From Colin Anderson, on Sustain Ontario:
“…Agriculture policy in Manitoba has historically focused on large-scale export commodity production. However, the growing popular interest in local, sustainable food is prompting the province to take a second look at supporting local food systems to improve economy, health and food security.
The message coming from the grassroots is clear: farmers, fishers, processors and citizens are demanding a say in policy-making and have formed a coalition under the banner of FEAST (Farmers and Eaters Sharing the Table) to encourage the Province to support local sustainable food.
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 raw milk farmer and advocate Michael Schmidt:
Michael Schmidt at the recent Minnesota rally. Photo Jennifer Lindahl
Before we get too far into this we should remind everybody that there is an upcoming raw milk debate via webinar, at “Sustain Ontario” on June 4th. Here’s the link to sign up for live participation: http://sustainontario.com/2012/05/22/10428/blog/news/the-udder-truth-an-opening-dialogue-on-the-risks-and-opportunities-of-unpasteurized-milk
Reflections on my last Reflection
Predictions, interpretations and accusations are always an entertaining mix.
I read with interest the reactions and have to admit, may be people read something different than I had intended to write.
I like the famous saying, ” do not judge people what they say but what they do”. Continue reading
From Ontario raw milk farmer and advocate Michael Schmidt:
Michael Schmidt (right) at a recent raw milk rally in Minnesota.
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. Continue reading
From SustainOntario.com, a promising debate about raw milk from a panel featuring raw milk advocates AND public health experts:
“Join us on-line for a free webinar. Register online before June 4th at 11am.
June 4th, 12-2pm
As the debate around the safety hazards and potential health benefits of unpasteurized milk grows, so too does the need to understand the reasons for and against pasteurization. Sustain Ontario has brought together a panel of experts to clarify some of the myths and facts about unpasteurized milk and begin an open dialogue between advocates on both sides. We hope to cover the history and reasons for pasteurization in Ontario, the public health risks of unpasteurized milk, the health claims of unpasteurized milk and the impacts on dairy producers. There will be a half hour for questions and answers. Continue reading