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On the future of raw milk in Canada

From Sylvain Charlebois, in the Montreal Gazette:

“GUELPH, Ont. — Science-based evidence in food safety seriously compromises any argument for allowing raw milk to be freely sold to Canadians. Even a small amount of raw milk can seriously harm a child, a pregnant woman, the elderly, individuals with a compromised immune system, or anyone for that matter; just one glass will do it.

Still, it appears that support to legalize its distribution is growing in North America. In fact, Louisiana is considering loosening its laws to permit raw milk to be legally sold to consumers. In Canada, raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt, despite a recent legal setback, seems to be making some inroads, and an increasing number of people support his cause. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt fined $9,150, placed on 1 yr probation today in Newmarket

Story from Linda Nyugen, Postmedia News in the Montreal Gazette. This is up fast. The verdict was announced barely two hours ago.

Michael Schmidt talks to reporters outside the courthouse today in Newmarket

“NEWMARKET, Ont. — An Ontario dairy farmer was fined $9,150 and placed on a year’s probation Friday for making and providing raw milk and cheese through a cow-share business.

Michael Schmidt was found guilty on appeal last September on 13 charges related to the production, sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk under the province’s Health Protection and Promotion Act. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt meeting McGuinty, ending hunger strike = national news

The Huffington Post Canada and the Brandon Sun (from Manitoba) published the Canadian Press version, while the Montreal Gazette ran the Postmedia story. These are just a small sampling of the many media outlets carrying the story:

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Ontario farmer to develop volunteer guidelines for raw-milk production — according to the Montreal Gazette

La Belle Province is very much a land of farmers and foodies, so it’s no surprise that the Michael Schmidt raw milk story is getting ink in Quebec papers. This story by Linda Nguyen, is from the Montreal Gazette, a Canwest publication:

Michael Schmidt, shown here in a 2009 file photograph, was acquitted in an Ontario court of 19 charges of distributing raw milk and raw milk products. Photograph by: Brett Gundlock, National Post

“TORONTO — An Ontario raw-milk farmer, acquitted of all charges in a 16-year legal battle for running a cow-share program last month, will help establish voluntary guidelines for other farmers interested in the controversial industry. Continue reading


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