Ever wanted to bathe in a milk bath a la Cleopatra? Now you can with raw milk products from a BC dairy that is leading the charge for the raw milk battle in Canada. Currently, Canada is the only one of the G8 nations to ban the sale of raw milk to consumers.
Our Cows cow-share co-operative gets around this draconian law by selling shares of its cows to members of its co-op, because you can drink raw milk from a cow that you own. They do sell the cosmetic products through their Home on the Range line, and it is these cosmetic products that are an issue for the Fraser Health unit and Canada’s Supreme Court, who have sought an injunction against the sale of the products before Schmidt, the owner of the dairy, came up with the cosmetics label to continue selling the products.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada have come out decidedly against the sale of raw milk, but lets not forget that this group represents big dairies as well as little ones, who would not like people going to local farmers for milk rather than buying it at the grocery store.
They maintain that raw milk sports pathogenic bacteria, but if this were the case, why aren’t all the co-op customers sick or dying? Fans of raw milk drink it for the taste (angels dancing on your tongue would not be overstating the case) and the fact that it contains healthy enzymes and does not promote lactose intolerance as pasteurized milk does.
For more on the issue, check the awesome Green Man blog over at the Vancouver Sun.