Edible Magazine: Cows, Milk, and Marketing Boards

Published by Edible Vancouver, Almost Spring 2011

Author: Michael Marrapese

During a recent trip to France, I stopped at a small agricultural store that sold not only tools, farm clothing, and fencing wire to farmers, but also local cheeses, wines, vinegars, jams, and cured meats. What surprised me the most were the clearly labelled containers of raw milk. In BC, only the BC Milk Marketing Board is allowed to distribute raw milk. It essentially manages the milk supply, buying milk from farmers across the province at a fixed price, transporting milk to producers and bottlers, testing for quality and microbial content, and ensuring a consistent product to secondary processors.

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