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Court shuts down large raw milk co-op; advocate done fighting

The outcome feared by raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel is now a reality. A judge in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, issued a permanent injunction against Our Farm Our Food Co-op. Justice P.W. Sutherland’s ruling — which restrains any further raw milk production without licenses — applies to all who know of… Continue Reading

Canadian raw milk crusader serving 60 days — on weekends

Canada’s best known raw milk crusader, Ottawa’s Michael Schmidt, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail after being found guilty of obstructing a peace officer. His conviction last month stemmed from an Oct. 2, 2015, incident at his Durham area farm when Schmidt and others confronted officers executing a valid search warrant. Schmidt’s confrontations… Continue Reading

Ontario court could permanently shut down raw milk sales

Raw milk advocates on both sides of the 48th parallel are worried about the outcome of a trial in Ontario because they fear it could provide the template for ending sales of milk without pasteurization throughout Canada. The trial almost seems like a re-run because it involves the Crown versus Ontario’s best known raw milk… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer appeals cease and desist order today

Today, Ottawa area farmer Michael IIgert is scheduled to ask for removal of a cease and desist order that prevents him from selling or distributing milk that has not been pasteurized. A hearing is set for this morning in Ontario before the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. The cease and desist order, issued in December 2016, came… Continue Reading

Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion

The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct… Continue Reading

Criminal charges pending against Ontario raw milk advocates

When provincial agricultural officials in Ontario raided raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt’s farm this past October, they were accompanied by local police. The raid turned into a standoff that ended only when a deal was reached that allowed some samples and computers to be removed, but dropped equipment seizures. After going through raids and trials… Continue Reading

Ontario Raw Milk Crusader Getting His Day in Province’s Highest Court

The Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Courts of Appeal – the Ontario Court of Appeal – today will hear oral arguments to decide if barriers to the sale and distribution of raw milk infringe upon any right that might exist to drink the unpasteurized beverage. Not surprisingly, the case involving those issues is being brought… Continue Reading

Canada’s Raw Milk Laws Put to Test By Ontario Court of Appeal

Provincial public health and milk marketing regulations that have prevented the sale or distribution of raw milk in Canada for the past 80 years are about to be challenged in the Ontario Court of Appeal. The often precedent-setting Ontario Court of Appeal, where same-sex marriage in Canada first got its stamp of approval, is second… Continue Reading

Canadian Raw-Milk Producer Ends Hunger Strike

Canadian raw-milk dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has called off his 5-week hunger strike, after having had the chance on Nov. 4 to meet with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In an earlier interview with Food Safety News, Schmidt had vowed to “go until death” if the premier didn’t agree to meet with him in person to… Continue Reading

Hunger Strike to Go ‘Until Death’ Says Raw-Milk Farmer

For Canadian raw-milk farmer Michael Schmidt, a citizen’s fundamental right to choose what he or she eats is a matter of life or death. Literally. On Sept. 29, he began a hunger strike, which he describes as the continuation of his efforts over the past 17 years to engage the authorities in a “constructive dialogue… Continue Reading