Daily Archives: February 11, 2010

Today the Crown filed an appeal of the Jan. 21 not-guilty verdict in the Regina v. Michael Schmidt raw milk case

Many people were wondering whether the Crown would appeal the not-guilty verdict that was handed down in Newmarket court January 21, 2010 on 19 charges stemming from an armed raid on Glencolton Farms in November of 2006.. The crown had until February 21 to file this appeal. The following are scans of the five pages of the notice of appeal:

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Raw milk question is just one of the challenges facing MPP Carol Mitchell, Ontario’s new Minister of Agriculture

Excerpted from a recent story in the Owen Sound Sun Times, by Jim Algie:

That's Huron Bruce MPP and new Ontario Agriculture minister Carol Mitchell (right)) at the plowing match with former ag minister Leona Dombrowsky (left) and Premier Dalton McGuinty (centre).

“Everybody’s been very nice about Carol Mitchell’s new job as Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. And why not? Continue reading

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National Farmers Union Ontario wants to see the raw milk market regulated

This story, titled “Time to get raw milk out of the grey and black market” was sent to us by Pam Killeen. It’s from the National Farmers Union Ontario and is by Grant Robertson:

Farmer Michael Schmidt -- pictured here in his farm milkroom -- may have opened the door to new niche market possibilities for farmers. But the National Farmers Union feels regulation is needed.

It is time for a grown up discussion about raw milk.  For far too long the discussion has been centred on whether or not drinking raw milk will kill you, or whether it will cure everything under the sun.  The truth, like most things, is probably somewhere in the middle.  Let’s also be frank, there was good reason that government moved to require the pasteurization of milk and those moves undoubtedly saved countless lives over the intervening decades. Continue reading


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We can eat to starve cancer — TED 2010

Cancer, like many other degenerative illnesses is a real plague of our age. Never mind the hysteria about Swine Flu and the like. And here is another news story on how we can address the threat of cancer through dietary means. This story comes to us from the 2010 TED conference which is now in progress.

What to eat to not help cancers grow in your body. via Boing Boing blog

TED stands for Technology Entertaintainment and Design. Not exactly sure how preventing cancer fits with that, but clearly someone on the program committee felt this message was an important one for everyone to hear. The excerpt below is from a news story by Mark Frauenfelder about highlights so far from this year’s TED conference on the BoingBoing blog: Continue reading


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