U.S. raw milk activists invite Michael Schmidt to give keynote address @ rally outside FDA headquarters in Maryland

Valerie Hauch, in the Toronto Star:

Raw milk crusader, Michael Schmidt, drank just one glass of raw milk daily in the initial phase of his hunger strike but has been subsisting on only water since early October. The Durham farmer says he has lost 30 lbs and is being monitored by a doctor. LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR/LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR

“He hasn’t yet had a phone call from Premier Dalton McGuinty, but dairy farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt, who is nearly a month into a hunger strike, is hearing from a lot of other people — including some supporters south of the border.

Members of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders — an activist group of American mothers and their supporters who believe in the right of people to buy raw milk and also transport it over state lines — have invited the Durham farmer to be one of a number of speakers at a Nov. 1 rally in Silver Spring, Maryland.

A caravan of women are buying raw milk in Pennsylvania and taking it across the state border to Maryland, one of 11 U.S. states where raw milk sales are illegal. Schmidt — who has been on a hunger strike since Sept. 29 — will be speaking at the rally in front of the Food and Drug Administration building.

That’s if he is still feeling strong enough to attend. The 57-year-old farmer who is only drinking water told the Star Wednesday that he is weaker, and has lost a lot of weight (more than 30 pounds) but he believes he’ll be able to attend the Maryland rally.

“I’ve stopped my regular work and I’m under doctor’s observation,” said Schmidt, who has vowed to continue his hunger strike even to death, unless Premier McGuinty meets with him to discuss the right of people to buy food directly from farmers.

Schmidt says he supports the activists at the Maryland rally who not only believe in the right to purchase raw milk but to move it across state lines.

“Even if a farmer lives close by, he cannot cross the state line,” he said…”

Read it all in The Toronto Star.

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One response to “U.S. raw milk activists invite Michael Schmidt to give keynote address @ rally outside FDA headquarters in Maryland

  1. Patrick Forbes

    Re: The raw milk issue;
    In the 80’s, I had both right lower leg bones broken from a stupid skiing incident and, during my recuperation, enjoyed raw milk that my uncle got regularly from a farmer up the road. I remember very clearly the morning when I confirmed the bones knitted. When I pulled my leg, my foot followed. Wow!
    And I was enthralled with the taste of raw milk. Wish I could get it here in the ‘big city’.

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