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Monday, January 25, 2010

Raw Freedom

A cow's a cow for all that:

The cows will still give their milk and their owners will still savour frothy mouthfuls straight from the farm. But now, the infamous cow-share program of Durham, Ont., is legal in the eyes of the law.

In a surprise move, a Newmarket court ruled Thursday that dairy farmer Michael Schmidt can continue his raw milk cooperative and that his venture does not break laws against selling unpasteurized milk.

Government officials had little to say about the decision Thursday. But dairy experts say the ruling will spur more cow-share programs to form and encourage the underground co-ops already operating in Ontario to surface. And, they say, it will likely force the government to change its laws to allow the sale and distribution of raw milk.

I'll leave the culinary and scientific points about raw milk to others. This is an important, though highly qualified victory for consumer choice. The ruling simply confirmed the existing law, just broadening its interpretation a little wider than that of the Ontario bureaucrats who have been persecuting Michael Schmidt. The Durham farmer's argument was that he was sharing milk with the cows' other owners - roughly 200 people - rather than selling it. The Depression-era law does allow farmers to drink their own raw milk, just not sell it. Having confirmed this technical expansion of the law, which can still be appealed, the law itself may quickly become a dead letter. The small minority that strongly wants raw milk won't mind engaging in a few legal sidesteps, even buying partial ownership of a cow.  

Posted by Richard Anderson on January 25, 2010 | Permalink


"The cows will still give their milk "

Cows give nothing to humans, Pubilius and others rape and defile them for it, and when you are all dying from drinking that toxic to humans, blood, puss, and antibiotics, what started bitter will end sweet.

Posted by: Human Monsters, who ignore the pain tey cause other species truly disgusting | 2010-01-25 8:37:36 AM

Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed today. LOL

Not a big fan of raw milk myself, but hey if people want to drink it they should be allowed to.

Posted by: Farmer Joe | 2010-01-25 9:15:32 AM

Publius, well said.

"Human Monsters, who ignore the pain tey cause other species truly disgusting" I like cows. I like cows. It makes me happy to know that a cow's life is better than in the wild. I am pleased to know that the spcies will never become extinct.

Posted by: TM | 2010-01-25 11:05:23 AM

The Wild Cow Protection Committee is one bored group of people.

Posted by: Floyd Looney | 2010-01-25 4:14:37 PM

200 people own a single cow? lol. Now that is a small steak.

Posted by: Floyd Looney | 2010-01-25 4:15:42 PM

wild cows, good one, thanks for sharing your knowledge

Posted by: Mad cow projector | 2010-01-25 7:34:34 PM

Not sure how you get your milk "human monster...." but for other people there is no rape involved.

Who really cares what others want to drink? We condone a lot of worse things (MSG, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) that people put into their bodies.

Posted by: Bret | 2010-01-28 10:54:10 AM

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