Daily Archives: April 12, 2011

Interview with Michael Schmidt on the eve of the Crown appeal of his raw milk victory in January of 2010

This just in from Michael Schmidt, a self-interview on the eve of the Crown appeal tomorrow in Newmarket:

Raw milk farmer and advocate Michael Schmidt, getting ready for an interview, outside the courthouse at 50 Eagle Street Newmarket, where tomorrow's appeal will be heard.

Searching for the tipping point and avoiding the breaking point

Unexpected I was able to connect with Michael Schmidt just a day before tomorrow’s Ontario Governments appeal hearing in Newmarket. It was a surprise because he is very hard to reach. Reflecting on his own future and role within the food rights and farming movement he is opening a door into his very private struggles about the certainty of the uncertain future. MS

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Michael as we have done many times before it is once again an adventure to sit down with you and ponder some questions many want answers to and many are too scared to ask. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt to speak at raw milk symposium May 7th, 2011, Minnesota

From Bradenton.com:

“The explosive increase in raw milk consumption—according to CDC statistics, at least ten million Americans now consume raw milk—has created innovative partnerships between consumers and their farmers. By accepting responsibility in their food choices, Americans are paving the way to the next phase of the US local food movement: partnership with producers to ensure we a way of providing raw milk and other healthy foods that our families require for good health.

The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation and the Foundation for Consumer Free Choice will co-host the Third Annual Raw Milk Symposium: Producer-Consumer-Choice in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bloomington. It is open to the public. Farmers and consumers are especially invited to learn more about the safety and health benefits of Raw Milk as well as the critical relationship between producers and Consumers. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt will be back in court tomorrow for the Crown’s appeal of his January 2010 raw milk trial victory

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt with litigation director Karen Selick, announcing the Canadian Constitution Foundation's support for the case of raw milk in Ontario. Photo from November 2009

As a writer in Toronto Life once observed, raw milk seems to be a news story that just won’t go away.

This next episode in Ontario’s raw milk saga will pit the best lawyers taxpayer money can buy against renegade farmer Michael Schmidt and his new legal counsel, litigation director Karen Selick, of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.  Continue reading

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“Food Policy” emerges for the first time in this Canadian election campaign

From Jessica Leeder, in the Globe and Mail:

“For the first time in Canadian electoral history, the edible is political.

Each of the country’s federal parties have included strategies in their electoral platforms that, to varying degrees, highlight food as a distinct priority separate from agriculture.

The Conservative policy, announced Sunday, most closely resembles a traditional agriculture policy, with its focus on efforts to sustain the family farm and boost exports, while the Liberals and New Democrats aim to foster unprecedented co-operation between government departments dealing with the production, distribution, sale and consumption of food. Continue reading

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