Raw Milk Symposium 2016, Guelph

Building Bridges for a Canadian Raw Milk Policy

The 2016 Raw Milk Symposium will take place Saturday January 30, 2016, 1-4:30pm, at the University of Guelph, in the Rozanski Hall Room 103. Admission will be $20 at the door.

Join us for an intriguing afternoon of presentation and discussion with Mark McAffee, Nadine Iljaz, Karen Selick and Blaine McAfee to find out what you want to look for when obtaining Raw Milk. Find out more about safe raw milk production Standards and the current Canadian and International laws that surround it. This is a suitable conversation for producers, scientists. Politicians and consumers alike.

There will also be one last chance to sign the Declaration of Food Rights at the Symposium before it is sent off to Kathleen Wynne.

Mark is the founder and CEO of McAfee Farms and Organic Pastures Dairy Company. http://www.organicpastures.com/
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Giving water to pigs leads to charges and threat of ten years in prison

From RT.com
“A Canadian animal rights activist has been charged with criminal mischief in a preliminary hearing after she tried to give water to pigs heading to the slaughter house on a hot summer day in June.
The animals were in a truck when Toronto resident Anita Krajnc, 48, attempted to give them water – her actions leading to a brawl with the driver of the truck.

A video of the incident shows Krajnc shouting at the driver: “Jesus said, ‘If they are thirsty, give them water.’” The driver then responds: “You know what? These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad,” and threatens to call 911.

Call Jesus,” Krajnc says, as the driver then demands: “What you got in that water?”.

The owner of the pigs, Ontario farmer Eric Van Boekel, filed a police complaint the day after the incident. He said his pigs were treated in accordance with all national standards and regulations.

That, however, is exactly the point of discontent for Krajnc, who founded organization Toronto Pig Save “to bear witness [to the] suffering of animals in transport and at slaughterhouses.”

Krajnc believes that Canada is behind the rest of the Western world when it comes to animal transportation regulations.

Everyone knows that compassion is not a crime. In fact, I did nothing wrong when I gave water to thirsty pigs; many of you have given water to thirsty pigs, and we’ll continue to do that,” Krajnc said outside the courthouse in Milton, after the pre-trial procedure on November 4…”

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Quebec Maple Syrup Farmer Rebels against FPAQ’s Quota Restrictions

From Adreanne Williams on BBC news:

“Redheaded grandmother Angele Grenier doesn’t look much like a criminal, but she is one of Canada’s most wanted women.

And as such, she faces the likelihood of lengthy jail time, and fines of about 500,000 Canadian dollars ($368,000; £245,000).

Her crime? She’s a self-confessed smuggler and illegal dealer, someone who sells contraband across province lines.

But what exactly is she selling that has so incensed the Canadian authorities, and seen the police search her property? Drugs? Guns?

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Michael Schmidt’s Queen’s Park news conference video from Nov. 25th, 2015

Click here to watch video of Michael Schmidt’s Nov. 25th news conference.


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Is pasteurized milk “the new gluten”?

From Joseph Hooper, in New York magazine:

“Dairy and gluten have become evil twins in “elimination” diets, the holistic therapy of the moment, as people swear they feel less bloated and lethargic without them. (Not incidentally, sales of cow’s milk have essentially flattened in recent years, while nondairy alternatives, led by almond milk, are up nearly 100 percent, reaching about $2 billion in annual sales.)

Best-selling authors like the integrative physician Mark Hyman maintain that, like the gluten in wheat, milk elements interact with our gut bacteria in such a way as to trigger an inflammatory response from the immune system….”

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Food rights declaration signing Nov. 26

QUEENS PARK, TORONTO: An estimated 80-some food rights supporters converged on Queen’s Park for a rally and food rights declaration signing today. Elisa and Michael Schmidt started things off by speaking briefly about recent developments in the ongoing raw milk saga.

Michael Schmidt speaks to the crowd, prior to the signing of today’s Food Rights Declaration, flanked by his wife Elisa and farm share member Mascha Perrone. Nov. 26th, at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Michael then read the text of the Food Rights Declaration, which was also printed on both sides of the milk truck, which had been brought to Queen’s Park for the occasion. After that, folks were invited to sign both a smaller copy of the declaration to be presented to Premier Wynn and then the large copy on the side of the truck. Continue reading


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“It’s Not Illegal to Drink Raw Milk” – Michael Schmidt at Queen’s Park

From Ashley Csanady in The National Post:


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“What’s white and illegal and the subject of government raids?

It’s raw milk — unpasteurized — straight from the farm to your table.

For more than two decades, Michael Schmidt has been fighting the Ontario government — and others across the country — for the right to sell raw milk. Just last month his farm in Durham Region was the subject of another raid — the fifth standoff with ministry of natural resource and agriculture officials he can remember since his battle began in 1994.

After years of legal wrangling — he took an appeal of one of his provincial convictions all the way to the Supreme Court, which opted in 2014 to not hear his case — Schmidt said he’s fed up. He told a Queen’s Park press conference on Wednesday that his campaign isn’t a matter of questioning the value of pasteurization and the safety it provides, but allowing consumers the choice to make their own decisions….”

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