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Is America about to finally wake up?

From David E. Gumpert’s Independence Day post on the Complete Patient blog:

“This is the time of year when we are supposed to celebrate a moment when outrage and revolution were in the air.

It’s easy to forget, amidst the fireworks and cookouts and easy living, that the issuance of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was viewed as an act of impossible boldness by many on the colonial side, and as the ultimate in impudence by most on the British side. A hopeless show of bravado.

Now, 235 years later, outrage is accumulating in this country about all sorts of issues–immigration, unemployment, foreign wars, broken contracts (over pensions, and upcoming, over entitlements). Then there’s the matter of food. It seems small compared to those others, but the sense of bullying, contempt, and arrogance emanating from the powers that be is expanding. And the anger building among those being beaten up is spreading rapidly, well beyond the food producers directly hit. Continue reading

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Civil disobedience over raw milk — latest on the DATCP Wisconsin front

The conflict between raw milk farmers and consumers on the one-hand, and DATCP regulators on the other, seems to be intensifying in Wisconsin. Here’s the latest update from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:

“Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin dairyman who last week broke the seals placed on his raw dairy fridges and freezer by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, this afternoon received a visit from two agency inspectors and a few sheriff’s deputies.

The agents requested a look at his store. He told them, no warrant, no look.

His expectation is that the agents will be back Wednesday or another day this week, this time armed with a search warrant. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt’s speech from the second annual raw milk symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, April 10, 2010

Here are the notes from farmer Michael Schmidt’s opening remarks for the panel discussion at the second International Raw milk symposium in Madison Wisconsin last weekend. But by way of an introduction, first read this brief excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s report from The Complete Patient blog, for the excellent picture he paints of the context into which this speech was set:

Michael Schmidt with Jackie Stowers (of Manna Storehouse) and Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures

“Michael Schmidt, the Canadian dairy farmer who’s been fighting the Ontario government’s campaign to put his raw dairy out of business for the last 17 years, came up with a seemingly humorous stunt at the Raw Milk Symposium Saturday in Madison. He decided to award Scott Trautman, the Wisconsin dairy farmer who lost his Grade A dairy license last fall in a battle over raw milk, “a grade A+ permit to provide raw milk.” Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt on new challenges to freedom on the legislative front in B.C.

Michael Schmidt, with cowshare member and reporter, following the not-guilty verdict in January 2010

Michael Schmidt: I have been watching with real concerns the recent developments regarding the tactics Government and bureaucrats are using across this continent to enforce compliance amongst farmers and consumers, amongst health practitioners and patients, amongst those who want to live, who want to work and who deserve respect. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt talks about the fight over Site 41: “The Right for Water — Eight Days of Personal Resistance”

Police arrive at dump site 41 to arrest Michael Schmidt for the first time.

Police arrive at dump site 41 to arrest Michael Schmidt for the first time.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I woke up with incredible inner pressure regarding dumpsite 41. A decision on the one year moratorium to stop construction will be coming next Wednesday. For over 20 years I have been following the growing resistance to the insanity to built a dump on the Alliston aquifer, one of the purest waters in the world. Rumors were swirling around that they will try to bring in the first load of garbage before the crucial vote. That itself was enough for me; I had to act to keep the pressure up until the last minute.

Thursday, August 20, 2009
We drove to Tiny Township and around 12 pm I started blocking the main entrance after I talked to the Natives who had set up camp opposite dumpsite 41. Huge gravel trucks, a fuel truck and several service vehicles could not enter dump site 41. OPP negotiators arrived after 20 minutes to convince me to let the work continue until the vote next Wednesday. Nobody trusted anybody anymore. The smell of corruption in regard to this project was too obvious. I stood my ground. After all, it was about the future of our children. On the other side of the road, many resisters showed their support, chanted and thanked me. Continue reading


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