Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

Karen Selick writes to the Government re clients’ raw milk concerns; Ontario residents please sign James McLaren’s petition if you haven’t already done so!

Here’s that link again to James McLaren’s petition in which he and his co-signers “petition the Government” to allow for the legal sale of raw milk in Ontario. This petition could be an important first step towards legal raw milk. Download the file. Print it out, sign it, get your friends to sign it, then mail it to James McLaren (address on petition).

In the following account, Karen Selick of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, tells about her own experience of writing to a Government representative with a view to opening a dialog about raw milk on behalf of her clients Michael Schmidt and James McLaren:

Karen Selick talks to TV reporters outside the Ontario Legislature in November of 2009

On November 9, 2009, on the instructions of Michael Schmidt and James McLaren, I wrote to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Leona Dombrowsky — who also happens to be my own MPP) suggesting that a dialogue be opened with a view to amending the law and regulations to allow consumers to purchase safe, legal, unpasteurized milk.  Here’s a copy of my two-page letter.  You’ll note that we were asking for the opportunity to meet with the Minister to discuss changing the law. Continue reading


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Cathy’s Tributes, Toasts and Congrats

Cathy is associated with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and is in a good position to see what’ going on in the food freedom movement in America today. Here are some of the folks she singled out for special mention for New Year’s 2010 in her post titled “Stars in the Food and Farming Firmament“:

Cathy's masthead for her "Musings" blog features a great picture of Naomi Fournier of Birdsong cowshare in Enderby BC, with her cow, "Blossom". Photo by Naomi's sister.

“These activists and the character aptitude they represent are true stars in the food & farming firmament. May their contributions continue to ripple through time and space creating positive impacts far beyond our imaginings.

COMPASSIONSally Fallon Morell of the Weston A. Price Foundation – Her no-soy prison food lawsuit for the least of us, will benefit all of us when soy-based cafeteria foods fall like a house of cards.
CREATIVITY – Kristin Canty, Farmageddon – Her documentary film will help keep farmers from extinction exposing the heavy hand of government suppressing small farms. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt’s Blessings for 2010

Dear Government officials
Dear Friends of Food Freedom
Dear Friends and supporters of this battle of raw milk.
My dear cow share and farm share owners.

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt

How silly it seems to have to fight for this right,to consume food we feel and know is right and healthy for us.

However, as silly it seems, as dangerous in fact is its implication, where we are heading: Total control of our food system established through the politics of fear and deceit.

At the beginning of this battle I was very much focused on the issue, by simply assuming that those, trying to control our well being, do not have enough information and without bad intention believe, that they in fact protect us from ourselves. How wrong I was. Continue reading


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