Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Raw Milk Legal Victory - Canada

Legal Victory in Canada!
subject: Raw Milk

There is a great news article on a raw milk victory in Canada.  We have some Canadian friends on this blog, and it is good to rejoice whenever a little guy providing healthy, nutrient dense food wins.

I don't know the law for excerpting from other sites... so here are a couple of paragraphs.  Please go read the article.  Right now we should begin an in - depth focus of raw milk and its benefits, so it is certainly timely.

Schmidt was found not guilty on 19 charges related to providing raw milk: While Canadian law allows the consumption of raw milk, its sale and distribution has been illegal in the country since 1938, authorities fearing that it could contain bacteria that may pose a risk to public health.

Schmidt operates a 150-cow dairy co-operative venture, in which members own part of a cow in order to acquire raw milk. The scheme was ruled not to be a violation of public health rules as there is no selling or marketing of the product, and because Schmidt distributes only to the cow shareholders and not the general public.

For any Canadian friends, I would encourage you to contact your representatives (I don't know your legal system, but assume you have a representative type of government) and encourage the legality of raw milk to those who wish to have it.  There are links at the bottom for petitions and resources.

The stats on the end of the article were certainly intriguing....... how many people were sickened by raw milk (0) vs. how many people died from  listeriosis contamination (dozens)... of the government approved, dead, lifeless, worthless, wretched.... sorry, got carried away... milk.

Anyway, the article was enjoyable and well written.  Personally, we are actively looking into finding a milk cow.  Our entire family is excited by this prospect (except perhaps Papa who has had a milk cow before and remembers the work).

I would like to throw out a suggestion.  If you are interested in raw milk you should find out if someone you know has a cow.  If so, they would probably appreciate regularly scheduled time off in exchange for milk.  Perhaps your family could milk one to two times per week on a regular basis in exchange for milk.... and maybe take over for vacation time.  Just a suggestion.  A milk cow is day in-day out work and regular time off seems like a good trade.

Here is the article.  Enjoy



  1. I think in Nevada they have the same deal. You have to buy a share of the cow to get the raw milk. I need to look into this more.

  2. Cindy- Have you read the GAPS diet book? On Keeper of the Home's blog she wrote about it,


    & I was just wondering your thoughts?

  3. I think if you could find a way to do this it would be worth it (the cow)

    I have not read the GAPS myself, but have talked to a lot of people about it. It seems like a good way to go, especially if you have a lot of serious health problems.

    Any way of implementing Dr. Prices ideas is a good way. My way has no particular bonus... just a plan. Any plan will hopefully get you to a place of optimal health.

    I just HATE immersion systems. I personally like to think out and study each and every change we make in our family. It is hard to go back after that. Right now I think I might not really be able to do Starbucks easily... the milk thing. I am now immersed :) It took me a while.

  4. Makes sense Cindy. Immersion is no fun & then you just want to rebound back to all the good white sugar/flour stuff.

    Do you not do Starbucks anymore or did I read that wrong?

  5. At this time I just can't do Starbucks... or Day-O or any of them. I have been spending a lot of time studying the milk thing and I just can't. Maybe once I move on.... maybe.

    At Chapel we have been getting the Strauss milk for latte's. Don't know how long we can afford that, but for right now we are. It does not have the milk homoginized... just lightly pasturized. I will be writing a more personal thing on milk one of these days soon. I have been living there for now and the pasturized and homogonized milk is so bad. The fats ruined, the enzymes destroyed.

    Anyone, maybe someday I can drink a Starbucks Latte, but not today.

  6. Thanks Cindy. A friend of mine here in Canada sent me this article about a month ago. It was definitely encouraging! Both my youngest son and I are lactose intolerant and yet we can drink raw whole milk (we found out this Christmas while visiting the U.S. - Henry's is my favorite grocery store!) Do you happen to know why we can drink whole raw milk yet can't drink the store bought milk? I have yet to find this out.
    Thank you for all your research, time and effort. Have a great day!

  7. Audrey, My personal opinion is that it is the difference between a live, whole food and a dead, nutrient robbing food. When you drink milk the way it was intended to be drank, raw, you get enzymes, probiotics, digestive things and an entire nutrient dense food.

    Homoginized and pasturized kills all that off, then your body now is in a place of spending more energy than you have to get rid of it. Raw gives you more energy and does not have to get rid of anything.

    So, raw - win win.... pasturized.. win lose homoginized and pasturized... lose lose.

    I will be putting up another article, probably today, on raw milk. I found some great stuff. Just looking for a little time to get there :)

    Here is a great quote from top ten reasons for drinking raw milk.

    According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, "Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer."
    Often people who consider themselves to be "lactose intolerant" are able to enjoy raw milk because it contains "lactase." Lactase is one of the enzymes that get destroyed during pasteurization. It normally would pre-digest the milk while in the stomach, thereby enabling the body to assimilate its nutrients. Pasteurization forces the milk to enter the lower intestines undigested, resulting in cramps and gas.

  8. Gosh, Audrey... that is a great quote on the lactase now that I re-read it. Maybe I should put it up on what I am writing :)