Max Kane and Michael Schmidt following the raw milk acquittal in January of 2010. Inset: Michael Schmidt with farmer Vernon Hershberger at his farm in Wisconsin.
Max Kane and Vernon Hershberger have joined the hunger strike.
What a great tribute to the cause of food rights. Two dear friends south of the border called me to tell me that they have joined the hunger strike for Responsible Food Freedom as it relates to our very personal decision what to put in our body. Continue reading
Some raw milk commentary from the Toronto is Good blog:
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From Linda Nguyen on Dose.ca:
Your daily Dose of raw milk news!
“….Schmidt’s lawyer, Karen Selick of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, countered by raising two constitutional arguments during the daylong hearing.
She argued her client was being denied his right to liberty because he’s not allowed to engage in his “life’s work” of biodynamic farming and health promotion. She also said denying Canadians their right to choose the food they want to eat, for health reasons, also contravenes with quality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms.
“Individuals have a right to decide what to do with their bodies and what goes in their bodies,” she said. “So by forbidding people from getting raw milk, they are impairing some people’s health. Some people do better on raw milk.” Continue reading
From the Canadian Press via the [Kitchener Waterloo] Record.com:
Michael Schmidt (left) shares a celebratory glass of raw milk with supporters
“NEWMARKET, ONT. — Lawyers for the provincial government are arguing that an Ontario judge made critical legal errors when he ruled in favour of raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt.
Last year, justice of the peace Paul Kowarsky threw out 19 charges against Schmidt related to selling and distributing raw milk.
The Health Protection and Promotion Act makes it illegal to sell unpasteurized milk in Canada because it’s considered a health hazard. It is, however, legal to drink raw milk.
Kowarsky ruled that Schmidt’s method of distribution — a cow-share program he had started for raw milk consumers — made him exempt from the legislation. Continue reading
This just in from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:
Former agister of Home on the Range cowshare, Alice Jongerden with current agister of Our Cows, Michael Schmdt at a raw milk drink-in last year in front of Fraser Health offices in Chilliwack B.C.
A constitutional challenge over raw milk is the next action in the long battle for government recognition of citizens’ food rights in B.C.
Some time today — January 20th, 2011 — papers will be filed in a B.C. court to challenge the constitutionality of current laws and regulations pertaining to the right of non farmers to access fresh unprocessed milk. Continue reading