While cannabis legalization dominated headlines for the past few days in Canada, other major developments quietly advanced.

As Canadians focused on marijuana, the first provisions of the new U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal negotiated between the Trudeau government and Trump administration, came into effect.

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TL;DR A boycott is underway on American milk now for sale in Canadian grocery stores. Because dairy companies in the U.S. follow different regulations, their milk contains hormones that are illegal in Canada. Pus and high concentrations of white blood cells, both indicators of sick cows, have also been found in American milk.

The most visible of these provisions is the arrival of American milk to Canadian grocery shelves.

Canada's protectionist dairy supply management was a contentious issue for months before the Trudeau government agreed to soften restrictons on foreign dairy imports.

Canadian dairy farmers were not happy. The new regulation loosens their grip on the Canadian dairy market. Those Canadian suppliers must now compete with American competitors.

You may have seen public advertisements from domestic dairy producers pop up to encourage the consumption of local products.

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But of even more concern, perhaps, is the difference in dairy standards between the United States and Canada.

American corporate farms use growth hormones that are illegal in Canada. Those hormones increase cows' milk production. 

Studies show that American milk also contains pus particles and higher white blood cell counts. That's because unethical treatment causes American cows to become more frequently ill.

Canadians have taken to social media to express their discontent with the situation. Some have used the hashtag #BuyCanadian to boycott American dairy.

You may have also seen Liberal MP Pierre Breton publicly spit out American milk in protest of its encroachment on the Canadian market:

This boycott is sure to escalate as more provisions from the USMCA come into effect.

Thankfully, however, that may not happen for a while. The U.S. Congress does not plan to ratify the agreement until next year.


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