Here’s a report on the Regina Saskatchewan meeting with raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt from Jane Kutarna, who’s involved with the local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter. Thanks Jane.
Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt meets with Saskatchewan farmers and regular folks in a church hall to talk about raw milk concerns. Thanks to Michael for passing on these pictures to the Bovine.
On December 5, about 60 citizens of Saskatchewan gathered together to listen to dairy farmer Michael Schmidt talk about the politics of raw milk sales in Canada. Several small dairies had the opportunity to meet with Michael as a group and discuss raw dairy herd shares. Continue reading
Michael sends these pictures via Facebook:
On the way to Regina passing grain elevator in little prairie towns.
Pictures of Michael and friends at the conference:
The Dixon family with Tim Whiteman at the Weston Price Conference in Philadelphia. The Dixons own Morningland dairy which was ordered to destroy 250 000 .- worth of cheese because of an order by health officials. Never ever some body got sick. Always the same story bureaucrats kill small farmers they do not care. Photo via Michael Schmidt's Facebook page
This just in from Ontario raw milk activist and dairyman Michael Schmidt:
I am now in Philadelphia giving the following lecture at the big Wise Traditions annual conference (of the Weston A. Price Foundation):
The urgency of consolidating the Food Rights Movement
As Corporate controlled agriculture drives society towards the brink of self destruction. A new awarness is growing amongst many in search of true nutrition.
The need to join forces and to built bridges amongst many will create a new balance in the current struggle against the looming destruction of the human being. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert, writing for Grist.org:
“For many years, raw-milk advocates have claimed that unpasteurized milk counters lactose intolerance — the upset stomach many people feel after consuming dairy products. There have been loads of anecdotal claims, and an unpublished study of raw milk drinkers in Michigan in 2007 showed that more than 80 percent of 155 individuals who said they had been diagnosed with lactose intolerance could handle raw milk without problems.
But opponents of raw milk, prime among them the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have always been adamant that there’s no difference between raw and pasteurized milk for individuals who are lactose intolerant. Continue reading
Cathy Payne, writing for Raine Saunders’ Agriculture Society blog:
Neo-American Gothic -- Cathy Payne and her husband Jon. Photo via Agriculture Society
Gail Sheehy, in New Passages, writes that “Each of us tells our own personal life story to ourselves, every day.” I believe that our thoughts and words create our lives in powerful ways. I agree, with Sheehy, that we “create our own plot line.” And itʼs never to late to revise and rewrite it! As a woman who has lived 57 years and rewritten the script a few times, I can speak with a bit of authority.
One year ago, in October, 2009, I was a stressed-out suburban teacher living in a beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bath house on a cul-de-sac. Why stressed? As a support teacher I worked with the students who were “challenging.” They were diagnosed with autism, behavior disorders, ADHD, asthma, encupresis (look it up), learning disabilities, and more. In meetings I heard mothers testify that their child was perfectly normal until they got a certain round of vaccines. I also heard tales of asthma, hives, skin allergies. Continue reading
One of many magic moments from last year's Wise Traditions conference. That's WAPF president Sally Fallon in the middle.
October 12, 2010-WASHINGTON, D.C.— The intense debate generated by proposed food safety legislation, ongoing government opposition to raw milk, and raids by agents with guns drawn on private food clubs in California and Ohio, has vaulted the subject of food politics into the eye of consumers and policy makers. Should small farms be regulated? Are the USDA dietary guidelines improving health or causing disease? Do citizens have a right to the foods of their choice? Continue reading
The following article, by Sally Fallon Morell and Michael Schmidt is from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund news:
Sally and Michael raise a glass to eventual raw milk victory. FTCLDF photo.
“All truth passes through three phases: first it is ignored, second it is violently opposed; third it is accepted as self-evident.” The words of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer describes the traditional nutrition movement in general and the raw milk movement in particular. Today the best gauge of our progress in the raw milk campaign is the fact that we have moved from the first to the second stage. The recent raids on raw milk producers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, unfounded allegations distributed to the media, the Wisconsin governor’s rejection of raw milk legislation passed with overwhelming support—actions all aimed at sending conscientious farmers into bankruptcy and denying nature’s perfect food to those who need it—indeed, the phase of violent opposition has begun. [Editor’s note: That’s “violent” as in raw milk is being violently opposed by people who perceive it to be a threat to their perceived “interests”.] Continue reading