By Brian Lewis
According to reports, Queen Elizabeth — the sprightly 84-year-old who has ruled Britannia for 58 years now — drinks raw milk. (Image of Alice Jongerden)
It’s also said that Her Majesty is so keen on it that when grandsons princes William and Harry were at Eton, raw milk from the monarch’s Windsor dairy herd was delivered daily to them at the school.
Therefore, given the long life of our noble Queen, how come B.C. bureaucrats — especially those entrenched at the administration-heavy Fraser Health Authority — are making such a fuss about a micro raw-milk dairy in Chilliwack that produces its unpasteurized product only for its shareholders?
For several years, Fraser Health has been trying to shut down the Home On The Range dairy from producing raw milk and associated products for its approximately 450 shareholders.
Raw-milk advocates believe that while pasteurization does kill the nasty bugs — if they’re present, that is — the heating process also destroys useful, health-giving enzymes in the milk. But health officials counter that raw milk is dangerous and its consumption can lead to serious illness, just like booze or cigarettes.
But unlike many jurisdictions in Europe and in some U.S. states, raw milk cannot be distributed to the public in B.C. That’s why Home on the Range established itself as a shareowner dairy. This type of livestock boarding/sharing structure, by the way, goes back many years in English law.
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