Daily Archives: July 28, 2010

Michael Schmidt’s new operetta “Milk Trial by Jury” debuts July 30th, 8pm at Symphony in the Barn, in Durham Ont.

DAIRY FARMER MARKS COURT APPEARANCE WITH NEW OPERETTA

Rehearsals in the Barn are already underway for operetta "Milk Trial by Jury"

Not many defendants mark their acquittal by staging a comic operetta.  But Michael Schmidt, dairy farmer, food activist, and artistic director of Symphony in the Barn, is far from ordinary. Continue reading

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The saga of Michael Schmidt and raw milk in Ontario is international news

Here’s a fascinating overview of the Michael Schmidt raw milk case, from the NNA news agency. This is an excerpt from the story by Christian von Arnim, titled “The fight over raw milk: a matter of choice”, June 24, 21010:

“DURHAM, Ontario (NNA) – A Canadian farmer was back in court today having to defend himself against charges of having sold raw (unpasteurised) milk in breach of the law.

Michæl Schmidt, who has been dubbed the “raw milk champion”, runs a biodynamic farm in Durham, Ontario, north-west of Toronto on which he has introduced an innovative scheme to allow consumers who wish to drink raw milk to do so without breaking the law.

Schmidt, who has a master’s degree in agriculture, has been battling for 16 years to legalise raw milk in Canada while the authorities have been doing their best to close his operation down. Continue reading

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