Michael Schmidt’s message: urgent mobilization to protect food rights

From the Biodynamics blog:

Michael Schmidt gives a keynote speech at the Biodynamic Association's 2010 National Conference on the topic of food rights. Picture via Biodynamics blog.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Ontario government won its appeal against biodynamic farmer, Michael Schmidt. The appeal reversed the former ruling, which confirmed cow share members’ right to obtain raw milk products. Justice Peter Tetley rejected Schmidt’s argument that providing raw milk to cow share owners who are aware of any health risks was his legal right.

Schmidt has been fighting for the right to provide raw milk at his Grey County farm ever since it was raided by government officials in 1994. The recent ruling convicts Michael on 15 of 19 charges and reverses last year’s lower court decision to acquit him of all charges. This latest judicial ruling basically endorses governmental interference of property ownership rights and violates basic human rights to food freedom.

Since this ruling, Michael has embarked on a hunger strike and faces imminent danger of another raid to his farm, as do other farms that participate in Cowshare Canada.

He feels that our movement is in great danger and we must act in unison now!

Michael’s urgent message: We must mobilize our forces throughout Canada and the US with an enormous public outcry. We need to put relentless pressure on legislators in both countries—national, state and local—and also on health authorities through a massive letter-writing and call-in campaign.  We also need to organize face-to-face meetings whenever possible. Canada desperately needs US support in these matters, so we encourage all US members to send messages to key Canadian contacts as well…”

From Biodynamics blog.

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2 responses to “Michael Schmidt’s message: urgent mobilization to protect food rights

  1. Royce Hamer

    Give us the names and address’s of those we should contact please. It will make it much easier for those of us on limited time availability. Thanks.. Royce Hamer

  2. Sib

    A reader had posted a list in a previous blog before the provincial election. I updated the Ministers’ info as much as possible. I could not find a Minister of Health Promotion (used to be Margarett Best) on the Ontario legislature website.

    Write letters to your provincial and federal members of parliament of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (the provincial Ministry that is the enforcement arm of the others and whose officers conduct the farm raids and initiate other forms of intimidation). Write from your heart and don’t hesitate to ask specific questions. A short letter saying that you want the distribution of raw milk to become legal is also sufficient. Should you feel the need of sample letters, you will find some at http://www.realfoodchoice.org

    The names and addresses of your riding representatives can be obtained at:
    http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/ (provincial)
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament (federal)

    For Cabinet Ministers’ addresses for both levels of government, please see below.

    Spread the Word! Inform everyone you know of the seriousness of this situation, and encourage as many people as possible to become active in letting the government know how they feel about having access to real food denied and criminalized.

    Stay informed! Please visit http://www.realfoodchoice.org for up to date information on the Campaign for Food Freedom.

    Together we can change this sorry situation. Let’s all do what we can to make a difference.

    PROVINCIAL CABINET MINISTERS:
    Premier Dalton McGuinty
    dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
    Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
    Tel.: 416-325-1941
    Fax: 416-325-3745

    Deborah Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care
    (e-mail address not listed on website)
    10th Floor, Hepburn Block80 Grosvenor Street
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
    Tel.: 416-327-4300
    Fax: 416-327-3679

    Tom McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    (email address not listed on website)
    11th Floor, 77 Grenville Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B3
    Tel: 416-326-3074
    Fax: 416-326-3083

    Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources
    (e-mail address not listed on website)
    Suite 6630, 6th Floor, Whitney Block
    99 Wellesley Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
    Tel.: 416-314-2301
    Fax: 416-325-5316

    ?????????????, Minister of Health Promotion
    (there used to be one)

    FEDERAL CABINET MINISTERS:
    Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
    leona.aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A6
    Tel.: 867-979-4193
    Fax: 867-979-4196

    Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
    gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A6
    Tel.: 306-445-2004
    Fax: 306-445-0207

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