CLR Feb.3, 2010 interview by Andrew Rezmer with Celebrity Raw Dairy Cooperative Farmer Michael Schmidt
This interview was coordinated and sponsored by Raoul Bedi of the Vedic Harmony Centre (www.biofield.ca ) , and a purveyor of Conscious Media products and Green solutions since 1983 .
This is not an exact verbal transcription.
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The Saga of Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms in Ontario’s 20 year battle with Ontario government officials.
His crime: Providing Fresh Raw or Real Milk to private shareholders. The saga started in 1994. Because the laws restricted commercial access to Raw Milk in Ontario , Michael developed a shareholder system where consumers directly owned the cows . Initially 200 families were involved in this cowshare agreement. In the 1994 legal battle Michael lost 400 acres of land due to high legal costs leaving him with only 100 acres to farm. Over a 12 year period he rebuilt his farm and dream. At that point his farm was raided again . This time by 20 armed officers. A lot of people threw their weight behind his battle for justice. It took 3 years to go to trial. The judge determined that he was not guilty and acquitted him of ALL charges .
Question: Is this not more than a battle about unpasteurized milk ? Continue reading
Ryan Stock, writing on the Truthout blog:
Rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye, June 4, 2010. Many wore straw hats reading, "Aba Monsanto - down with Monsanto and Aba Preval - down with Preval." (Photo: mediahacker)
Let It Burn
“A fabulous Easter gift,” commented Monsanto Director of Development Initiatives Elizabeth Vancil. Nearly 60,000 seed sacks of hybrid corn seeds and other vegetable seeds were donated to post-earthquake Haiti by Monsanto. In observance of World Environment Day, June 4, 2010, roughly 10,000 rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye to march seven kilometers to Hinche in celebration of this gift.
Upon arrival, these rewarded farmers took their collective Easter baskets of more than 400 tons of vegetable seeds and burned them all.[i] “Long live the native maize seed!” they chanted in unison. “Monsanto’s GMO [genetically modified organism] & hybrid seed violate peasant agriculture!” Continue reading
From the story on Natural News.com:
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“(NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 – the “Food Safety Modernization Act” – was passed by the U.S. Senate today (http://www.naturalnews.com/030576_F…). If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the “small farms exclusion” written into the bill…”
“….Notably, there was not a single Democrat who opposed the bill. This bill was also supported by Food, Inc. authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who have become the favored food commentators of the left. It’s now clear why: In supporting this bill, they have aligned themselves against Constitutional freedoms and in favor of increased Big Government (FDA) authority over food, seeds and farmers. Continue reading
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Russ addresses the threat posed by “Food Safety” bill S-510 in a new post on his “Volatility” blog titled “What’s for Dinner: Corporate Food Tyranny (1 of 2)”
“Last April the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) filed a lawsuit against the FDA’s interstate raw milk ban. While the suit is unlikely to prevail given likely court deference to the imperial executive branch, it’s already done important work in eliciting a remarkable statement of the FDA’s ideology and general attitude toward the American people. Before I get to the FDA brief, let’s first recap the pending food bill. This bill has been the subject of great controversy, with many like me calling it a Food Tyranny bill, others dismissing this as overly alarmist. I will establish in this two-parter that there’s nothing exaggerated in the alarm we raise. I’ll cite the evidence of the government’s stated ideology and its record of action to date. Continue reading
From “The New Internationalist”:
“We’ve followed the story of the slow but increasing and badly needed pushback against Monsanto’s predatory business practices, which force farmers to buy Monsanto seed annually, rather than re-use it. Worse, Monsanto seed has been genetically engineered so as to require the use of Monsanto herbicides and fertilizers.
And with (until recently) the seeds patent protected, farmers could be sued for having Monsanto genes in their crops. And with Monsanto having established a near monopoly in seeds, it has set prices so as to extract a higher percent of agricultural revenues than it could otherwise command. Needless to say, what is good for Monsanto is not at all good for farmers, as these excerpts from a Daily Kos post illustrates: Continue reading
Hella D has a few choice things to say about recent developments in raw milk farming in B.C.:
Buying raw milk is a mundane, over the counter, affair in neighbouring Washington State, just a little south of Vancouver, which likes to promote itself as "the greenest city by 2020". Photo via Hella D.
“The past few days have been very disturbing, with a judge who is obviously in the pocket of the Milk Industry, refusing to even enter into a discourse about the situation of our local Community Supported Dairy. At the end of the trial he ordered our local Agister, Alice to stop milking our cows (poor cows) and she has been forced to resign as our Agister. Continue reading
This latest analysis from David E. Gumpert, of The Complete Patient blog:
“This tidbit just a couple days ago from an investment adviser I follow, Richard Russell, who’s been writing a very popular newsletter for upwards of fifty years:
“Do your friends a favor. Tell them to ‘batten down the hatches’ because there’s a HARD RAIN coming. Tell them to get out of debt and sell anything they can sell (and don’t need) in order to get liquid. Tell them that Richard Russell says that by the end of this year they won’t recognize the country. They’ll retort, ‘How the dickens does Russell know — who told him?’ Tell them the stock market told him.” Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent story on the Life Abundantly blog titled “The Raw Milk War“:
Picture from Dees Illustrations via Life Abundantly blog
“….The Big Dairy Lobby is coming full force to twist Congress’ arm to outlaw raw milk. It is already a difficult proposition now to secure a supply of raw milk for yourself and family. The campaign for raw milk has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Continue reading