“Canadian Farmer Michael Schmidt is on day 12 of a Hunger Strike protesting Health Canada’s prosecution of him for serving the needs of his fellow citizens by operating a shareholder dairy. Today, Hartke is Online! is launching a Letters to Michael campaign. We are asking our readers to send letters of support to Michael, in care of this blog. The letters will be posted here and then forwarded to Canadian media editors and reporters in hopes of garnering support for Michael, who is now facing criminal penalties and large fines over his raw milk. Our first letter is from a raw milk freedom fighter from the United Kingdom, Sir Julian Rose.
In Defense of Real Food
A Guest Blog and Open Letter by Sir Julian Rose
I, and many other sympathisers, extend our full support to you and to your colleagues in the United States who are putting up such a courageous stand on behalf of a sane approach to human nutrition and simple, honest food.
We are living through a critical time. The food chain is already close to being high-jacked by corporate interests abetted by blinkered government officials who pronounce ‘dead food’ as the only ‘safe food’. By this analysis we should all be subjected to a lifeless, irradiated and even nanotech diet – in order not to have to face the risk of eating anything that might express the ways of nature.
But thank God for the raw milk warriors! Thanks to you and to this movement, we could just be on the cusp of turning this whole horror story around – and awakening thousands of people to the delights of unpasteurised milk, cream, butter, cheese – and by extension – a re-awakening of the need to grow and to purchase local, fresh and seasonal foods of all descriptions. Those that put the zing back into the soul of our struggling rural communities.
But I know how tough it is, we had to battle with the authorities in England on more than one occasion when they tried to ban unpasteurised milk sales. But we won through, and although the number of producers is small sales are boyant and more and more people are seeking out the culinary pleasures of Real Milk. Many who have suffered from allergic reactions to heat treated milk are finding the consumption of properly produced, licensed raw milk, to be a trouble free solution. It is surely one of nature’s best kept super-food secrets!….”