Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

Michael Schmidt launches an appeal of his convictions on raw milk offenses

From Karen Selick, litigation director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation:

Michael Schmidt with supporters following his sentencing last month in Newmarket.


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PURSUANT TO S. 131 of the


TAKE NOTICE that a motion will be made before the presiding judge at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. or as soon after that time as this motion can be heard, for an order under s. 131 of the Provincial Offences Act granting leave to appeal from the judgment of Justice Peter Tetley given on September 28, 2011 at Newmarket, Ontario, allowing, in part, the appeal by Her Majesty the Queen from the judgment of Justice of the Peace P. Kowarsky given on January 21, 2010 acquitting Michael Schmidt on charges of: Continue reading


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FDA escalates war on Amish dairy farmer Dan Allgyer over raw milk crossing state lines

From Liz Reitzig of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders:

Kinzers PA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) apparent war on Amish raw dairy farmers increased on December 6 when they filed a “motion for summary judgment,” with Pennsylvania judge Lawrence Stengler asking for a permanent injunction against dairy farmer Dan Allgyer to forbid him from selling fresh milk out of state. FDA regulation 21 CFR §1240.61 criminalizes any selling of milk intended to cross state lines.

After a two year expensive, exhaustive undercover operation, including multiple armed raids on Allgyer’s farm, FDA agents and a team of ten federal lawyers amassed over two hundred and seventy-six pages of evidence allegedly proving what Allgyer openly admits, that he is selling fresh (raw, unpasteurized) milk to customers who knowingly carry the milk across state lines. Continue reading


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Food and drink — one man’s results

From Mike, at The Online Photographer blog:

“When I posted about my failed 2011 New Year’s Resolution the other day (in Tea, or Coffee?), various people asked me about the progress of my great diet experiment. It’s a trifle excruciating—seems arrogant, even—to presume anyone is interested in such a quotidian personal issue, but people are asking, so here’s the update anyway.

The newest wrinkle is that I’ve stopped eating wheat. As I’ve mentioned before, I gave up sugar last April, but I recognized that I had simply replaced it with breads, which have just as high a glycemic index. So I skimmed through the book Wheat Belly, by a local cardiologist named William Davis, and decided to give it a try. So far, so good. Continue reading

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What raw dairies can learn from the recent episode between Organic Pastures and California regulators

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures, and his wife, Blaine. Photo: The Complete Patient

“The Harvard Business School is always on the lookout for interesting business case studies to help teach its high-powered students about the latest trends in business management.

I’m going to nominate Organic Pastures Dairy Co. for consideration as an HBS case—as an extraordinary example of a company that has forged such a close bond with its customers that they have become a potent political weapon on behalf of the company. Whatever the food safety issues at Organic Pastures, the true nature of the agenda became clear when the California Department of Food and Agriculture rushed to lift the quarantine after OPDC’s owner, Mark McAfee, said, “Enough screwing around,” and had the clout to back up his demand. Without the clout, OPDC would still be waiting, and waiting, and waiting. It’s clearer than ever that politics comes before any considerations of safety in this struggle. Continue reading


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