My wife and I have been consuming raw milk since November, and I am thoroughly convinced that raw, unpasteurized milk that comes from grass-fed cows is one of nature’s superfoods. The milk is literally alive with beneficial bacteria and has a much higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than pasteurized milk. Raw milk is not processed in any way, there are no additives, and is just plain tasty to boot.
One of Canada’s raw milk producers, Michael Schmidt, is currently undergoing trial, again, for providing his customers with the option to consume raw milk, and raw milk products. Here in Canada we do not have the right to eat what we please, lest we harm our poor, defenceless, ignorant selves. The government of Canada, with the help of milk industry lobbyists, has been fighting raw milk producers on all fronts, with complete and utter disregard of the will of the people.
I do not argue that drinking raw milk from factory milk operations is harmful, even poisonous. However, dedicated raw milk producers do not face the same challenges as the rest of the milk industry, such as infected udders and cattle that sleep in their own feces. There have been no cases of food poisoning from clean raw milk, and this alone should prove its safety, but “common wisdom” prevails in the halls of Parliament and other places that house legislative bodies.
Raw milk producers and consumers are willing to open the discussion and fund research to prove the safety and nutritional superiority of raw milk. The Canadian Consumer Raw Milk Advocacy Group (a bit of a mouthful, I know) is one of the organizations that is spearheading the effort. Please take some time to visit the site linked above and sign the petition if you believe, as I do, that Canadians should be able to choose what they use for nourishment. Also, please contact your MP and MPP to make them aware of this discussion.
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