NEWMARKET — About 100 raw milk enthusiasts attended a March 16 rally in front of the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket to show their support as a new court case are set to begin in September.
Raw milk advocates received two injunctions. The first is to stop members of a raw milk co-op from producing and distributing raw milk from the farm. The co-op is set up so the 120 members technically own the farm, machinery, cows and milk. The co-op is run from a farm in Durham in Western Ontario that belongs to raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt.
The second injunction prohibits the sale of raw milk in York Region. According to the Milk Act, only farmers and their families are allowed to drink raw milk produced on their own farms. The act covers cow and goat milk but does not regulate other milking species such as sheep or water buffalo.
The sale of raw milk in Ontario has been prohibited since 1938.