Michael Schmidt (left) in a picture from Pat Winter's Facebook page.
Meet Michael Schmidt in the park and partake of milk and cookies.
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Michael Schmidt,my farmer and friend, will be sentenced by Ontario Judge Peter Tetley on November 25, 2011 at 9:30 am per a recent appellate ruling which overturned a previous court decision that he did indeed have a legal right to provide cowshare owners with raw milk. Continue reading →
“The Wisconsin attorney general’s office sent dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger a little invite this past week. It came from an assistant attorney general, Eric D. Defort.
“I am writing to invite you to meet with me at the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office at 1300 Lange Court in Baraboo, WI, on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. so that I may inform you of the progress of the investigation of your dairy and retail food establishment. Feel free to bring an attorney to the meeting.
Hershberger is the Wisconsin dairy farmer, you may remember, who cut the tape placed on his coolers in 2010 by inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He doesn’t think he wants to have this little tête-à-tête with the AG. His reason? “I don’t have a retail store,” he tells me. “I have a private club.” He has nearly 200 members in his club, who pay an annual membership fee for the privilege of obtaining their food privately. Continue reading →
The author of this essay, Shay Lucas, is a 16 year old Grade 10 girl who has been drinking Michael Schmidt’s raw milk for more than 13 years. According to her parents she has never had to take antibiotic drugs. Shay has visited Glencolton Farms many times over the years and spent a week there this past summer helping out. She has attended many of the rallies and events and is a strong supporter of “Freedom of Choice”. Shay originally wrote this essay for her English class at school.
"Snow-frosted" raw milk cows munching on winter hay at Michael Schmidt's Glencolton Farms.
Raw Milk Should Be Accessible To All
Have you ever looked at the back of your milk carton and wondered why it says ‘pasteurized’? Why is it that Canadian dairy companies are adding vitamins and protein into your milk when they were already there in the first place, but were removed in the pasteurization process for so called safety reasons? For the past 70 years or so, raw, unpasteurized milk has been illegal to obtain throughout Canada. Through the pasteurization process, important and healthy assets which are originally found in milk are removed. This pasteurization process is a law which means the government is controlling what we put in our bodies and eliminating a health care solution that can help many. Allowing unpasteurized milk to be available in Canada will help our nation socially, environmentally and allow a health choice that will benefit people in many ways. Continue reading →
“ITHACA, N.Y., Nov. 19 (UPI) — Unpasteurized “raw” milk provides a potential breeding ground for bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella, U.S. researchers warn.
Ynte Schukken, professor of epidemiology and herd health at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, N.Y., and co-author Alejandra Latorre, a graduate student, produced a comprehensive map showing which populations were most at risk when buying from various sources.
The researchers analyzed risk across various purchasing methods including buying from a farm’s on-site store, directly from its bulk tank or from a third-party retailer. Continue reading →
"Bernard is right; the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything."
-- Louis Pasteur's deathbed words
"One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'an unjust law is no law at all'." (Martin Luther King - Letter from Birmingham Prison, Alabama)