BC Crushes Local Food Community

By Hella Delicious

The past few days have been very disturbing, with a judge who is obviously in the pocket of the Milk Industry, refusing to even enter into a discourse about the situation of our local Community Supported Dairy. At the end of the trial he ordered our local Agister, Alice to stop milking our cows (poor cows) and she has been forced to resign as our Agister.

From Chilliwack Times:

“Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has taken over Chilliwack’s Home on the Range raw milk dairy so the flow of milk can continue to hundreds of members of the co-operative.

“Fraser Health has been trying to shut down Home on the Range for more than two years and on Tuesday succeeded in forcing the cowshare operator Alice Jongerden to officially resign as part of a court-ordered condition.

“In a press release issued by Jongerden Friday morning, Schmidt says ‘We have reached the level of a new and powerful dictatorship called bureaucracy in the name of food safety, and in the favour of multinational corporations.’”

The point that Michael Schmidt makes here is key. This isn’t really about health or food safety (Maple Leaf foods would have been shut down for causing 20 deaths if that was the case). It is about the monopoly that the milk industry wishes to maintain – as usual it is about greed.

A couple years ago Michael Schmidt faced the same charges in Ontario. In that case the judge was reasonable and overturned the order. The following video shows an interview with him after the trial. He makes some very good points, despite being exhausted from the trail. Please take a second to watch it to better understand the history and what is really behind these attacks on local, family run dairies in Canada.

Read full post at Hella Deliciousley Creamery.

4 responses to “BC Crushes Local Food Community

  1. I read some time ago in the Alive magazine that BC does not monitor the dairy farmer in the Lower Fraser Valley and inspect the cows for their health or milk.
    I read that it all gets sterilized when it gets to the processing plants. So what ever goes into the milk at the farm is mixed all up in it And believe me that is gross. I was as I said in another comment on this that I was raised on a dairy farm in Rosedale BC and my father said never drink milk from another farmer as they may not be clean. We sterilized the barn and of course kept and checked the cows religiously for their health. Now I understand the modern farmer does not even touch the cows. It is all done automatic by machines and computer.

    Since lot of the dairy farmers are from India I would never drink any of their milk. I had a daughter live in a house on one of their farms and they treated their cows inhumanly and they were very dirty.
    I understand the corporation mandate and control as none of us like that but until you know the circumstances in the cleanliness part I would not drink the milk from the farms here.

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  3. Here’s the key paragraphs of the story that somehow got missed here.
    “Jongerden was in court in New Westminster Tuesday facing civil contempt of court charges brought by Fraser Health for continuing the milk production and distribution after being issued cease and desist orders.
    She asked for an adjournment, something the judge agreed to under the condition that there would be no further production or distribution. She then stepped down and Schmidt told the Times Friday that cowshare members are on the farm to milk the cows.”

    1. So the production and distribution continue, but she isn’t involved. If I were here, I’d go someplace where I could later prove that I had nothing to do with the continuing production and distribution or advice or anything. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Crown gets the adjournment overturned.

    2. The members of the cow share are doing the milking. I watched the videos by Tom Wightman on raw milk. It isn’t rocket science, but it takes time and training to produce raw milk that is ‘safe.’

    As to the Ontario case, I’ve read the judgement and the grounds for appeal. It may be possible to win the case on grounds that make sense, but that judgement doesn’t do it. It is a really, really bizarre piece of work.

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