Daily Archives: December 20, 2011

Ron Paul’s raw milk freedom pitch gets the biggest cheers in New Hampshire

From Julie Hirschfeld Davis on Bloomberg Businessweek:

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — When about 500 voters packed into a New Hampshire town hall last week to hear Ron Paul speak, they saved their biggest applause for something no other Republican presidential candidate is talking about.

“I would like to restore your right to drink raw milk anytime you like!” Paul said to loud and sustained cheers in the historic Peterborough Town House.

It was an emblematic moment for Paul’s campaign, which is powered by his call for slashing federal government and expanding personal liberties, including the freedom to drink unpasteurized milk that the U.S. government brands “unsafe.” Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt seeks leave from the court to appeal his raw milk conviction

From Susan Mann on Better Farming:

Michael Schmidt raises a toast following his sentencing last month in Newmarket.

“The lawyer representing Durham-area farmer Michael Schmidt will be arguing for leave to appeal his conviction and sentence of raw milk sales and distribution on April 25, 2012.

Karen Selick, litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation, says they have to argue that the case is important enough for the Court of appeal for Ontario to consider it. “A regulatory offence is considered to be pretty minor so they don’t give us an automatic right to appeal,” she says. “We have to demonstrate that it’s important enough for the Ontario Court of Appeal to spend its time on.” Continue reading

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