Friday, September 24, 2010

Raw Milk

My friend Karen Selick, head of litigation at the CCF, has a great piece in the Globe today. If raw milk is good enough for Our Sovereign Lady, it is good enough for Canadians. It is more petty bureaucratic nonsense. Three cheers for the Canadian Constitution Foundation who fights this kind bureaucratic nonsense and much more. Donate to the CCF. They fight for your freedom.

Queen Elizabeth drinks her milk raw. She reportedly thinks so highly of unpasteurized milk that, when her grandsons Princes William and Harry were students at Eton, she instructed herdsman Adrian Tomlinson to bottle up raw milk from her Windsor herd and deliver it to them at school.

Canadians, however, are not permitted to emulate their head of state. Raw milk cannot legally be sold in Canada, except into government-authorized “supply management” cartels, where it goes to be pasteurized. Only those who happen to own their own cow can legally consume raw milk.

A group of some 450 B.C. city-dwellers thought they had a solution. They organized Home on the Range Dairy, and jointly acquired a herd of 25 cows. They hired farmer Alice Jongerden to look after their cows – feed them, milk them, bottle the milk and make it available to its owners.

This type of livestock boarding contract has long been known to English law. In fact, there’s even a special name for it: agistment, the taking in of livestock to graze on your land in exchange for payment. Ms. Jongerden is called an agister.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not care for unpasteurized milk, but was very insulted to learn that my 2nd cousin could not even butcher HIS OWN cows that he had raised! Hello! That's why we are here - we lived since 1817 on home grown fare.

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