Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Farmer appeals raw milk ban

Michael Ilgert, who markets raw milk from his dairy farm near Golden Lake near the Eastern side of Algonquin Park, presented his case to the Ontario Health Services Appeal and Review Board this week.

His situation is similar to Michael Schmidt who also started with an appeal to the same body, then filed further appeals in court and eventually lost when the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear his last-gasp appeal.

Ilgert also tends cows that his clients own, just as Schmidt set up his operation in an attempt to escape bans on marketing raw milk. It’s okay in Ontario to drink raw milk from cows you own, as many dairy-farming families have always done.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit issued a cease-and-desist order against Ilgert and that’s what he appealed this week.

He says milk from his Organic Acres cows is more nutritious than what’s pasteurized and sold in retail outlets. He also claims that people who can’t tolerate store-bought milk have no digestive issues with raw milk from his herd.

However, there are routine reports of illnesses among North Americans who consume raw milk.

Pasteurizing milk kills bacteria that can cause serious illnesses, even death.