Michael Schmidt raw milk story is getting some “ink” on Modern Farmer:
“The latest court battle isn’t actually even about distributing raw milk, per se. Schmidt and four others, John Schnurr, a business consultant; and George Bothwell, Robert Pinnell, and Enos Martin, all farmers, were charged with obstructing a peace officer after a standoff at Schmidt’s farm during a October 2015 raid by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Natural Resources, along with local police. This was the third raid on the farm. The first was in 1994 and the second in 2006,
In this latest raid, around 50 people—mostly co-op members—blocked the farm’s entrance with a tractor and prevented the officers from removing some of the farm’s equipment. Pinnel and Martin later had their charges dismissed, but the other men, who are representing themselves, are still fighting it out in provincial court. After a 1o-day trial in March, the case was adjourned until June due to scheduling conflicts. The prosecution has finished its case and the defense is set to begin when the trial resumes, says Schmidt….”
Get the full story on “Modern Farmer”.
From Liz Reitzig, on LewRockwell.com
Activist Liz Reitzig puts her own freedom on the line by transporting raw milk across state borders. Picture above from demonstration at FDA headquarters in Maryland, December 2011.
“Not many people would look at me and see a confessed criminal. As a suburban mom with 5 small children, a minivan and a dog, it’s just not people’s first assumption about me. However, I am a repeat and proud offender of the FDAs regulation 21 CFR 1240.61 – the ban on interstate transportation of raw milk. Continue reading
From the “Free the Animal” blog:
Raw milk farmers Michael Schmidt and Vernon Herschberger, in January 2011
“….Here’s a few select quotes from the previously linked post at Natural Food.
The DATCP brought in the armed deputies for 6 hours to lock it up and take evidence. That does not stop Vernon.
“This is how I make a living,” Vernon Hershberger, a Loganville dairy farmer, said Thursday morning. “We are going to go right ahead and do business.”
Hershberger said roughly 100 families, including some Madison customers, purchase raw milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream from a store on his farm that is open for business Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Now pay attention here. He’s not just going to continue on in defiance. There’s more, but first: Continue reading
Many thanks to activist mom Liz Reitzig for taking time on the eve of her departure for Chicago to answer questions from The Bovine.
Liz Reitzig at the Raw Milk Freedom Riders' rally in Maryland last month.
How would you describe your role in the Raw Milk Freedom Riders?
My role in the Raw Milk Freedom Riders is as one of the primary organizers.
How did you and your family get started on raw milk? Continue reading
From a recent media advisory:
MOTHERS TO HOLD DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE FDA
“Don’t Turn Us Into Criminals over Milk!” Demand Moms
What: —A group of mothers from across the country who feed their children raw milk plan to hold a demonstration to protest the FDA’s crackdown on raw milk production and distribution, arguing that the government campaign not only criminalizes raw milk, but criminalizes the American citizens who buy and consume it.
Prior to their peaceful demonstration, a caravan of mothers will cross state lines with raw milk and invite the FDA to witness what the agency wrongly considers to be a criminal act. Media are invited to ride along as embedded reporters to report on how the FDA responds to what it wrongly terms a violation of the law. Continue reading