Raw milk

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’ll be talking about raw milk on The Grapevine this Friday.

It is illegal to sell raw milk in Canada, and farmer Michael Schmidt, from Durham Ontario, faced 19 chargeds related to selling unpasteurized milk. To get around the legislation, Schmidt set up a system where customers could buy part of a cow, and therefore be entitled to that cow’s raw milk.

Said Schmidt: “The only thing that will stop me is if we — through a constructive dialogue — actually find out that milk might be dangerous… and I can guarantee it is not.” In January of this year the charges were dropped against Schmidt and his operation allowed to continue.

But many Canadian raw milk activists think that it is time to re-open the debate about raw milk. Raw milk contains beneficial micro-organisms that air in digestion and metabolization, and work to fight bad  bacteria. Cows that are pasture fed provide vitamins A and D among other nutrients in their raw milk, and pasteurization relies on cows being raised in less healthy conditions, and lacks enzymes and vitamins.

Alex and I will be talking about raw milk this Friday at 1:30 @ CFMU 93.3 in Hamilton. Or listen online.

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