Food Rights Declaration as result of the latest appeal ruling against Michael Schmidt — September 29, 2011
Michael Schmidt talks to supporters and media at last Tuesday's news conference
Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable enviroment.
At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.
Today we have only 2% of the poulation left working on farms and 80% of them have to have another job to keep their farm going.
The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.
Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.
Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain. Continue reading
From Edible Vancouver magazine, by Michael Marrapese:
During a recent trip to France, I stopped at a small agricultural store that sold not only tools, farm clothing and fencing wire to farmers, but also local cheeses, wines, vinegars, jams and cured meats. What surprised me the most were the clearly labeled containers of raw milk. In BC, only the Milk Marketing Board is allowed to distribute raw milk. It essentially manages the milk supply, buying milk from farmers across the province at a fixed price, transporting milk to producers and bottlers, testing for quality and microbial content, and ensuring a consistent product to secondary processors. Continue reading
From Hella D.’s blog:
Poster for the event. From Hella D's blog.
“Our local Cowshare is working hard to raise money for the legal fees incurred by Fraser Health’s attack on our right to access milk directly from our cows. One of our cowshare members, Noriko has been working really hard and set up a screening of the recently released film “Milk War” at the Rio theatre February 6th, 2010. Tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Continue reading
Reasons for Judgement in the case
Alice Jongerden, former agister for Home on the Range (now Our Cows).
From a letter to Alice Jongerden from her lawyer:
Attached is the decision of Mr. Justice Smith. He found you in contempt but decided not to impose a penalty. In my view, this counts as a partial victory.
You should note in paragraph 13 that Mr. Justice Smith makes special note that no challenge to the validity of the legislation is before him or was before Madam Justice Gropper. I would suggest that we bring such a challenge. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story by Karen Selick, Litigation Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation in today’s Globe and Mail, titled “Raw Milk Fans are Getting a Raw Deal”. Karen is Michael Schmidt’s lawyer:
Raw milk builds strong bodies -- English Princes William and Harry, who reported drank raw milk at Eton.
“Queen Elizabeth drinks her milk raw. She reportedly thinks so highly of unpasteurized milk that, when her grandsons Princes William and Harry were students at Eton, she instructed herdsman Adrian Tomlinson to bottle up raw milk from her Windsor herd and deliver it to them at school.
Canadians, however, are not permitted to emulate their head of state. Raw milk cannot legally be sold in Canada, except into government-authorized “supply management” cartels, where it goes to be pasteurized. Only those who happen to own their own cow can legally consume raw milk. Continue reading