TORONTO, September 26, 2008 – Snowy Owl Productions is pleased to announce that the film Michael Schmidt: Organic Hero or Bioterrorist will have its Canadian premiere at the 2008 Planet In Focus international environmental film and video festival in Toronto.
The screening will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum Theatre (ROM) at 7 PM on Thursday October 23rd.
MICHAEL SCHMIDT: ORGANIC HERO OR BIOTERRORIST
The story of raw organic milk in Canada and a consumer’s right to choose
This documentary film follows a year in the life of an activist farmer. It tells the story of raw, organic milk in Canada and the right of informed consumers to choose and procure the food they want to eat directly from farmers they trust.
The Milk Act of 1938 made it illegal to sell raw (unpasteurized) milk in Canada. In November 2006, twenty-five armed officers staged a raid at Michael Schmidt’s farm in Ontario, confiscating milk, equipment, computers and files. This film follows Schmidt as he struggles to continue providing his “farm fresh milk” while battling authorities, preparing for his trial, and attempting to find a political solution to legally provide raw milk in Canada.
The story chronicles the raw vs. pasteurized milk “war” from both sides of the issue—from a farmer, with the courage to challenge the laws of Canada, to the powerful $6 billion milk industry. The industry argues that only pasteurized milk should be allowed in the marketplace in order to protect the public’s health—and their milk ‘brand’. Eminent research scientists present facts about pathogens and milk nutrition—while Schmidt’s cow-share members tell their stories of raw milk’s benefits in their lives. A Medical Officer of Health explains the public health policy that protects the public from unsafe food products, even as it infringes on their individual rights. The Minister of Agriculture is determined to stick with the status quo—the science seems irrefutable and the politics unmovable.
But, consider that raw milk is legal in all other G8 countries, including 28 US states, and the story takes on broader implications.
For further information about the Planet in Focus festival and to order tickets, visit their website at www.planetinfocus.org.
CONTACT: NORMAN LOFTS, 416 523-3220, snowyowlproductions at sympatico dot ca
Editor’s note: This was a press release from Snowy Owl Productions