Daily Archives: December 17, 2008

Manna Storehouse Coop SWAT raid #7 — The Stowers tell their story

Ohio’s Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions is taking legal action on behalf of the Stowers of Manna Storehouse Coop. Here’s a statement about the case published today on the Buckeye Institute website.:

Columbus – The Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio. The Stowers operate an organic food cooperative called Manna Storehouse. ODA and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided their home and unlawfully seized the family’s personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. The legal center seeks to halt future similar raids. The complaint was filed in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.
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Michael Schmidt pre-trial hearing December 22, 2008 in Newmarket

farmer Michael Schmidt

farmer Michael Schmidt

Cow Lovers, cow share members, friends and supporters are invited to come out for the occasion. Here’s the text of a recent email that went out:

It would be wonderful to have some supporters come out on Monday morning the 22nd of December to Michael’s Pre-trial hearing at 9:00. Second floor of the building on North end in the Provincial Courts.

Please Mark the trial dates on your calendar: January 26th-30th and February 4-5th.

Location: 465 Davis Drive in Newmarket at the Tannery Building, east of Yonge. Going east on Davis Drive it is just across the tracks on the north side.

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Vancouver Province editorial favours freedom of raw milk choice in Canada

This just in from Gordon Watson, our west-coast correspondent. It’s an editorial from The Province, a Vancouver newspaper, in support of raw milk choice, published Tuesday Dec. 16, 2008. Here’s what they say:

Raw Milk Sales Ban is Udder Foolishness

Photo from Home on the Range, the Vancover areas largest cowshare dairy farm.

Photo from "Home on the Range", the Vancover area's largest cowshare dairy farm.

“There are times when Big Brother and the ubiquitous bureaucracy needs a swift kick — and now would be a good time given the battle brewing over the future of Canada’s raw milk.

A small but expanding group of health-conscious Canadians believe unpasteurized milk is good for you: ditto for many health experts who say the process of pasteurization not only kills the bad bugs but destroys many good bugs, along with other key nutrients.

While it’s legal to consume raw milk in Canada (farm families have been doing it for centuries) it’s illegal to sell it here, but permissible in all other G-8 countries. Continue reading

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