Mother Nature Network
October 26, 2011
In a fight for the right to raw milk, farmer Michael Schmidt undertakes a grueling hunger fast until the Canadian Premier agrees to meet with him.
The right to decide what one can eat and drink seems a very basic human right. Yet, even that simple freedom can be trampled upon. Take Michael Schmidt for example. He is a biodynamic farmer with a masters degree in agriculture and has been an instrumental voice for both the rights of farmers and consumers.
Over the last 17 years Schmidt has tried to work with authorities to find solutions for providing raw milk legally to people in Canada. He feels that informed consumers should have the right to drink clean raw milk. The Canadian government disagrees. So his farm was raided as if he had contraband and his farm family terrorized. This happened despite the fact that nobody has ever gotten sick from drinking his milk.
He was acquitted of all charges at first, but the Province of Ontario decided to appeal the acquittal and Schmidt was then found guilty of 15 of the 19 charges. I find it ironic that in a world full of evil and injustice so much attention is directed at consumers’ food choices. Michael has since gone on a hunger fast
only asking that a constructive dialogue happen. He is now on his fourth week, and I want to see this man eating soon.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:35 am
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