Farmer Schmidt goes to Washington

Here are some snapshots from Michael Schmidt’s recent trip to the States:

A capital idea -- our man in D.C. Now wheres Obama?

A capital idea -- our man in D.C. Now where's Obama?

Wherever the raw milk debate is, there farmer Michael Schmidt will be. While in the United States for the recent IAFP raw milk symposium in Arlington, Michael Schmidt paid a visit to Washington. Unfortunately, president Barack Obama was out at the time, presumably attending to other business, although it’s hard to imagine what could be higher on the nation’s agenda than raw milk.

In spite of the $450 U.S. registration fee and the short notice, five raw milk supporters made the trek to Virginia to take part in the International Association for Food Protection’s very own Raw Milk Symposium. Gee, I wonder where they got the idea of holding a raw milk symposium. I guess they wanted to do something for all those regulators who for some reason couldn’t make it to Toronto at the end of January to attend the international raw milk symposium at U of T at O.I.S.E. Oh well, the more symposiums we can have on raw milk, the better it will be.

Some of the anti-raw-milk brigade, out in force at the Virginia symposium, um, except for the FDA, who decided not to attend at the last moment.

Some of the anti-raw-milk brigade, out in force at the IAFP symposium, um, except for the FDA, fifteen members of which "decided" not to attend at the last moment.

 

Defenders of Raw Milk: Left: Michael Schmidt and David E. Gumpert, right: Sally Fallon.

Defenders of Raw Milk: Left: Michael Schmidt and David E. Gumpert, right: Sally Fallon.

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