Via Kimberly Hartke, on her “Hartke is Online” blog:
“Canadian Farmer Michael Schmidt is on day 12 of a Hunger Strike protesting Health Canada’s prosecution of him for serving the needs of his fellow citizens by operating a shareholder dairy. Today, Hartke is Online! is launching a Letters to Michael campaign. We are asking our readers to send letters of support to Michael, in care of this blog. The letters will be posted here and then forwarded to Canadian media editors and reporters in hopes of garnering support for Michael, who is now facing criminal penalties and large fines over his raw milk. Our first letter is from a raw milk freedom fighter from the United Kingdom, Sir Julian Rose.
In Defense of Real Food
A Guest Blog and Open Letter by Sir Julian Rose
I, and many other sympathisers, extend our full support to you and to your colleagues in the United States who are putting up such a courageous stand on behalf of a sane approach to human nutrition and simple, honest food.
We are living through a critical time. The food chain is already close to being high-jacked by corporate interests abetted by blinkered government officials who pronounce ‘dead food’ as the only ‘safe food’. By this analysis we should all be subjected to a lifeless, irradiated and even nanotech diet – in order not to have to face the risk of eating anything that might express the ways of nature. Continue reading
From Kimberly Hartke’s blog:
“Sometime within the last 18 months, Polish schools switched from serving un-homogenized, pasteurized milk to UHT (ultra-high temperature) pasteurized and homogenized milk.
According to today’s guest blogger, unpasteurised milk (otherwise known as raw or farm fresh milk) is, by some quirk of justice, banned in Poland; the only country in Europe (apart from Scotland) to do this. Everyone in Poland who lives near a farm or near someone with a house cow, has access to it anyway, so the ban only affects towns people. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent story on The Ecologist blog. Thanks to Gordon Watson for drawing it to our attention:
BBC photo of Sir Julian Rose. Click on picture to go to the BBC web-page this photo is from.
“The dreams of the early organic pioneers have been subsumed into a rush for global supply chains, strict regulations and fast-selling brands
Back in 1975, when I first started converting my farm to organic agriculture, there were no standards for production and no rule book. Continue reading
This story was published in the Globe and Mail January 20th, the day before the “not guilty” verdict was handed down in Newmarket. We don’t get much news about the raw milk scene in Britain and this story provides some valuable background as to why they still have raw milk legally available there in spite of corporate pressure to pasteurize everything:
Michael Schmidt mobbed by reporters and cameramen as he emerges from Newmarket court Thursday with a "not guilty" verdict on 19 charges stemming from a 2006 raid on his raw milk farm in Durham.
“Congratulations to Michael Schmidt – the Ontario farmer who’s due in a Newmarket court today for the verdict on charges he violated the provincial Milk Act by selling unpasteurized milk – for standing up to the anti-raw-milk lobbyists.
I am very aware of what he and his supporters are up against, having founded the Association for Unpasteurised Milk Producers and Consumers in the United Kingdom back in 1989 to prevent the British government’s proposed ban of unpasteurized milk – and again in 1997. We won our battle on both occasions, maybe because of the “and Consumers” factor and much press support. Continue reading