From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:
Out in the hallway, after last Tuesday's Queen's Park news conference, Michael Schmidt reads aloud his letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as local TV journalists record it for the evening news.
“The rumbles from Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt’s hunger strike are spreading quickly and widely.
As just one quantitative indication, the “Support Michael Schmidt” Facebook page has nearly 1,300 members, and that number will be out of date no doubt when you read this. Just yesterday, it was at a few hundred members. It seems that the phone calls and emails to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty are increasing as well–hundreds of calls an hour. (Although it seems McGuinty’s staff has been deleting messages from his Facebook page encouraging him to meet with Schmidt.) Continue reading
Keep those letters coming, folks! Send them to TheBovine AT gmx DOT com
Farmer Michael Schmidt makes his case to the media last week at Queen's Park.
October 22nd 2011
Dear Premier McGuinty;
The time has come for you and your government to take some responsibility for this provinces legislation related to milk production, sale and distribution. This legislation is woefully outdated and does not take into consideration the right that people have to make informed choices over what they consume.
Consumers now more than ever before know what foods make them healthier and what foods are making them sick. Production and distribution methods are far more safe now than they were when this legislation was written. Continue reading
A reader writes:
Photo from the Toronto Star, via Renegade Farmer blog.
Thank you for all the hard work you do on The Bovine. We read it every day.
To show our support of Michael I have been focusing on his struggles in my daily blog posts which you can see here http://midlifefarmwife.blogspot.com/2011/10/take-raw-milk-stand.html
In addition I also wrote a small piece about him in The Renegade Farmer, an e-zine I write for weekly. It is here http://www.therenegadefarmer.com/2011/10/do-you-know-michael.html
Finally, this Tuesday I will be taking part in the 24 hr fast to show solidarity for Michael and we are giving away FREE RAW MILK (one gallon per person) to anyone who comes to our farm and wants to join the fast as well.
Its not a huge amount but its a little something for this man who is giving up so much for the freedom of choice. Continue reading
Ontario Cow Share farmers Jacqueline Fennel and Michael Schmidt
Yesterday Jacquelin Fennel and her husband John met with Michael Schmidt to discuss the current situation in regards to cow share operations in Ontario.
Topic of discussion was the imminent danger of further crack downs by local Health Units or the SWAT team from the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) acting as enforcement agency for the two Ministries Agriculture and Health in Ontario.
Jacguelin Fennel is a fearless and outspoken cow share operator with 200 families. Continue reading