The Canadian Press reports on Michael Schmidt’s court case — which begins today and continues into February — on charges from 2006:
“TORONTO — Ontario’s infamous raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt says he knows the old expression that anyone who represents themselves in court has a fool for a client.
Still, when he returns to court Monday to face criminal charges related to an armed police raid on his farm in 2006, he won’t have a lawyer at his side.
But he’s confident and feels completely prepared to argue that people should have the right to drink and enjoy raw, unpasteurized milk – even if the government thinks the drink is hazardous to your health.
“When it comes to our own body and what we put in our body as food, the government should respect what people want to do,” he said in an interview.
“A lawyer doesn’t milk the cow, a lawyer doesn’t drink the milk, a lawyer very often only makes the arguments without understanding what is really behind the whole thing.”
For years Schmidt has been selling raw milk from his Durham, Ont., farm through a so-called “cow share” program, in which customers buy a share in one of his cows, rather than the milk itself.
His customers over the years – he has a stable of about 150 with a waiting list around 70 long – have included high-end chefs and former provincial finance minister Greg Sorbara, who spoke out about the benefits of drinking raw milk….”