Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt to take over “Home on the Range” cowshare in British Columbia

This just in from Michael Schmidt at Glencolton Farms in Durham, Ontario:

Photo from Home on the Range cowshare from Brett Beadle for the Globe and Mail

Alice Jongerden from the Home on the Range cow-sharing syndicate has now officially resigned as of Thursday evening. [Alice was the agister (or proxy farmer) at Home on the Range.]

All responsibilities have been transferred to Michael Schmidt in Ontario. Michael Schmidt was acquitted of all 19 charges in the Ontario Court of Justice last January on the same charges. The Province is currently appealing the landmark-ruling of Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky.

Michael Schmidt has been consulting and supporting Home on the Range for many years and is willing to face any challenges in British Columbia. He is farming in Ontario and will remain in Ontario. He is currently reviewing the legal situation.

“I am currently in the process of restructuring in order to fulfill the contractual obligations with the current cow-share owners” says Schmidt.

“We all have to understand that we have reached the boiling point of a very disturbing trend. Government and bureaucracy has taken the liberty to completely restrict the right of the individual to make a conscious decision about food and health”.

“Laws are passed randomly by politicians in consultation with the most powerful lobby groups. Regulations are implemented without the knowledge and the need of approval by elected officials”.

“We have reached the level of a new and powerful dictatorship called bureaucracy in the name of food safety, and in the favour of multinational corporations”.

Schmidt is known worldwide for his battle for food rights. He has been featured in several award winning CBC documentaries, he testified in front of the California State Senate committee for food safety, gave lectures in Universities and Conferences all over North America Europe and China.

Michael Schmidt’s intention is not to create more conflict in the current situation. He wants to find a manageable solution through hopefully a constructive dialogue. It is paramount that we regain our individual liberties and that Government understands its role to protect these liberties.

This is about standing up for fundamental rights.


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12 responses to “Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt to take over “Home on the Range” cowshare in British Columbia

  1. thebovine

    WOW, this is certainly a dramatic development. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!

  2. aed939

    Fraser Health’s case hinges on an improperly broad definition of “or distribute.” The intended interpretation of a distributor is an intermediary positioning the product for retail sale. If there is no sales subsequent to transport, it is delivery–not distribution. Here, not only do we not have sales subsequent to transport, we have no sales whatsoever. And we only have a change in possession from the owner’s agent to the owner. Conclusion: this statute is irrelevant to a herdshare.

  3. thebovine

    Salt Spring News coverage of this latest development in B.C.’s raw milk war over food rights:


  4. Good moove, Michael. And a bold one at that. Now it will become a federal case where you may need to be extradited to face charges– this will make it more difficult for them I would think. Good play.

  5. Janeen

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!!!!!!
    I don’t have much for words but am very excited about this – can’t wait to see what they try to do!

  6. In Getting Milked, just out and tied in to this story:
    What we have here is the continued destruction of food freedom, food choice and food availability. The federal government does not believe that people are capable of deciding what to eat themselves and have “erected a multitude of New Offices and sent forth swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance”. Literally. That citation from the Declaration of Independence couldn’t possibly have been more true at any time in history than it is today. Remember, no farmers, no food.– Doreen Hannes


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  8. Level Headed

    This is about standing up for fundamental rights. Here here.

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