Raw milk farmer isn’t giving up

From Megan Ogilvie on The Toronto Star’s Healthzone.ca:


“One day after an Ontario judged ruled his cow-share program is, in fact, illegal, raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt vowed he would soldier on.

“I will stay the course,” Schmidt said from his farm in Durham, Ont. “We will continue to build.”

The decision, released Wednesday,overturns a 2010 lower court ruling that found Schmidt’s cow-share venture did not break laws against the sale of unpasteurized milk.

For the past 21 months, Schmidt has been operating in the open, regularly providing those who purchased shares in his cows with jars of raw milk.

“It was a nice feeling, these last two years, to have a sense of security,” said Schmidt, who promises the blue bus, from which cow-share owners pick up their milk, will continue to park in a Richmond Hill church lot on Tuesdays.

“Now, I’m back into vulnerability, something I had hoped I could spare my family from.”

Schmidt said he, and others who work at his Glencolton Farms, are on “high alert” for visits — and possible raids — by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the local public health unit.

Karen Selick, Schmidt’s lawyer and litigation director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, said she has written letters to various provincial ministries requesting they do not charge Schmidt, or others operating cow-share programs, while the issue continues through the courts.

“We stated that it would be injurious and would do irreversible harm, to Mr. Schmidt and the cow-share owners, to be deprived of their existing arrangement while higher appeals are being dealt with,” said Selick, who confirms Schmidt will seek leave for appeal….’

Read it all on the Toronto Star.

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