From Farmer Michael Schmidt:
Debating until the cows are gone
It appears that people think we have a raw milk movement and the big question seems to be who is allowed to be a leader or not.
In case somebody thought I was frustrated or burnt out as mentioned on this blog, I am in good shape. I have no anxiety or competitive feelings in regards to the “visionary engagement” people develop. I think it is great.
In the meantime as this internet debate passionately rages on, Fraser Health is trying to flex it’s muscles to squash the Chilliwack cow share operation which was called Home-on-Range under the management of Alice Jongerden.
The cows are currently producing natural cosmetics for it’s shareholders, which we had clarified with Health Canada and Fraser Health.
Health Canada agreed that we can produce cosmetics from raw milk but we would not fall under their jurisdiction, because the way we structured the enterprise, no selling was taking place according to their definition.
Fraser Health in its relentless obsession to kill the operation staged last year another search on the farm, which resulted in contempt of court charges against me and Gordon Watson, despite an already filed charter challenge to be heard in December.
As Fraser Health searched the farm neither Gordon Watson or me were present nor did they find any dairy products for human consumption. They had been fully briefed about the structural changes of the farm and product changes in a face to face meeting already in 2010.
Two months ago they decided to go after the owners of the farm and are recurrently threatening them with legal actions and confiscation of the cows.
According to their papers they will come and OCCUPY the Chilliwack farm to dispose of the cows any day NOW.
This has been happening despite the pending contempt of court case coming up on June 7th and 8th.
Authorities gone wild I would say.
Not all is bad in raw milk land.
On June 10 I will travel to Oregon to take part and speak at the official launch of one of the first Farm Share Co-Operatives in the US.
A new start, a new beginning for a wonderful farmer I met last fall at the Wise Traditions Conference.
I wish the raw milk movement lots of strength and positive energy to do what will benefit all those in need of good food.
Hopefully the passionate debate about the “reflections on the merits of a Canadian raw milk debate”( which is not really Canadian when you look at the panel) has created lots of interest to join the webinar.
Our high tech system here at the farm does not yet allow a participation in this new discussion forum.
Remember you can talk all day until one day the cows are gone, because we were too busy arguing.