Ontario farmer to develop volunteer guidelines for raw-milk production — according to the Montreal Gazette

La Belle Province is very much a land of farmers and foodies, so it’s no surprise that the Michael Schmidt raw milk story is getting ink in Quebec papers. This story by Linda Nguyen, is from the Montreal Gazette, a Canwest publication:

Michael Schmidt, shown here in a 2009 file photograph, was acquitted in an Ontario court of 19 charges of distributing raw milk and raw milk products. Photograph by: Brett Gundlock, National Post

“TORONTO — An Ontario raw-milk farmer, acquitted of all charges in a 16-year legal battle for running a cow-share program last month, will help establish voluntary guidelines for other farmers interested in the controversial industry.

Michael Schmidt said Tuesday he has started Cow Share Canada, which will help establish production, testing and inspection guidelines based on standards at his organic farm, Glencolton Farms in Durham, Ont.

“This raw milk debate is about basic food rights,” he said, drinking a glass of his milk at a news conference. “We are forced against our will to eat sterilized, pasteurized, radiated, pesticide and herbicide laced and genetic manipulated government inspected foods, because we have been given no choice.”

So far, he has about 50 Ontario farmers who have been interested in the voluntary program.

Schmidt, was acquitted of 19 charges related to the distribution of raw milk and cheeses in a Newmarket, Ont., courtroom in late January.

The judge had ruled consumers are still able to choose if they want to consume unpasteurized milk, but only through Schmidt’s self-regulated cow-share program.

Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act makes it illegal to “sell, offer for sale, deliver or distribute milk or cream that has not been pasteurized or sterilized.” Consumption is legal, however.

Nearly 200 people have purchased a membership in the cow-share co-operative, paying a membership fee of $300 for partial ownership in one of the 30 or so cows kept at Schmidt’s operation.

The provincial government filed their notice of appeal last week citing a number of legal errors were made in the ruling.

Schmidt said he will establish Cow Share College in the spring to help spread information about safe raw milk production….”


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3 responses to “Ontario farmer to develop volunteer guidelines for raw-milk production — according to the Montreal Gazette

  1. The Milkmen USA

    Is this cow share program available for people in the USA? We are milkmen and we would be interested to now more about this.

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    The Milkman is Back!

    Milkmen USA

  2. I will be very interested to see good guidelines for raw milk from Micheal Schmidt – because I know (or am pretty sure) he’ll be advocating for “grass-fed” sustainable methods as well as cleanliness.
    We just built an on-farm butcher shop for “grass-fed”meats and eggs and we left space for a milk room at some point. I’d love to get more tips on the cowshare business and proper set up.

    I was sooo excited to see that he won the trial and a quite disgusted that the Nazi’s are taking it it to the next level. In what way could we support him in this go-round? Is that CCF covering the legal costs?

  3. The Milkmen USA

    Good ideas. If Mike needs some money, let us know. The Milkmen USA will chip in and help raise funds. Anything to support him. we will go the whole way with him. All those adversaries; do they have anything intelligent to say. I hardly see their side being told. All they do is just keep shooting and with no real backup intelligence.

    Let us know if there is a fund to send monetary support to Michael Schmidt and his organization. Build the field, the players will come. we already know some pretty famous celebrities that once they hear and see this all in action, will jump in and help. Seriously. Let us know where to send the money. Micheal Schmidt and the entire cause is worthwhile. This man reminds us of John Wayne.

    The Milkmen are back!

    Milkmen USA

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