This just in from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:
I have to be thankful for the rather degrading and heated discussion following my post about the need to support Eric and Judith in their struggle to fight for their cow share operation in Alberta.
The discussion laid open the variety of positions dealing with the issue of how to deal with the current underground raw milk trade across Canada and across Province lines.
The apparent dilemma of “coming out” versus building an alternative legal approach, versus fighting the current corrupt legal system, versus the apparent ego-trip of a one man show, versus total rejection of the current corrupt nature of the state, versus accusations of intolerance versus………………………and on and on
It revealed in a grand way clues to any Government investigators how to plan the next steps in regards to the overall issue of strategic law enforcement. Putting myself into their shoes I would have a better sense now than before what to deal with. I try to stay away from drawing any assumption and conclusions to avoid new allegations of self rightiousness.
I have to say I was taken back about the wide interpretations of my comments and confess that not in my greatest imagination I had even thought of what I was accused of. Nevertheless I have to admit that may be my language barrier with a strong sense of German can create confusion and misunderstandings. My apologies.
But let’s get back to our topic of visionary strategies in regards to our food rights issues.
Over the last 20 years I had plenty of choice to deal with elected officials and bureaucrats and have watched with growing concern the deterioation of our fundamental rights. I am fully aware about the growing corporate pressure dictating Government policy.
I have seen and experienced almost anarchistic tendencies how to deal with this situation of lost rights.
I have experienced first hand how the raw milk issue is simply used to have a cause to advance the fight for liberty.
I have seen and experienced a complete disregard for our current political structure and legal structure.
I have also seen the largely debated fear factor which leads to the ever growing underground market even in Ontario.
Since the raw milk movement is not a farmer-driven grassroots movement rather a consumer driven it has shifted to the next level of responsibility.
Con-sumers demanding food of their choice. Con-sumers asserting their rights. Con-sumers are con-sumers until they understand that con-sumers need to take responsibility to bring this issue legitimate into the open.
Unless con-sumers evolve into co-producers farmers will divide themselves into groups of underground quasi-criminals according to the current regulations which are no law anyhow as discussed many times before.
Another group keeps asserting the issue of rights and common law interpretation of current laws.
All in all we have colourful variety of opinion and approaches concerning the issue of raw milk.
I knew from day one of my raw milk battle that a multiple pronged approach is a positive and creative approach. I never denounced this strategy.
But let me confess that the battle I am involved with has taught me more about the inner workings of Government, Courts and Bureaucrats and it helped me to come to the conclusion that I want to work with the Government and regulators to find a sensible and workable approach.
Denying Government it’s “assumed” role of protector will deny in my view those in power the ability for change.
We need to acknowledge the faults of the system and help changing it with a respectful compassion for those who think they have the power to dictate us what liberty should or should not include.
I have met too many human beings involved in Government, involved in enforcement, that I have made it my goal to show those in power that there is compassion and understanding for their struggle as well.
The confrontational nature of the latest Bovine debate laid open the dangers of creating division.
I am comfortable and optimistic seeking continously a dialoque and common ground with those who think they have the power.I more and more believe that we in fact can change the world through the power of a compassionate dialoque by trying to understand each other.