Michael Schmidt back on Hunger strike


Michael Schmidt, Perhaps Describing the Chasm Between Raw Milk Proponents and Government Regulators

Food Rights Declaration as result of the latest appeal ruling against Michael Schmidt

by Michael Schmidt, Glencolton Farm in Ontario, Canada

September 29. 2011

Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable environment.

At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.

Today we have only 2% of the population left working on farms and 80% of them have to have another job  to keep their farm going.

The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.

Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi-national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.

Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain.

GMO crops, pesticides, fertilizers, drugs and hormones are all part of the corporate controlled food chain.

Food safety measures for industrial food production have become the death call for most small farms, small butcher shops, small dairies, small bakeries.

Michael Schmidt and His Supporters in Cow Masks

Michael Schmidt and His Supporters in Cow Masks

Most of the traditional rural infrastructure as we know from history has been destroyed as a result.

The centralization of our food system is currently the greatest danger to the food security of our nation.

Governments have forgotten their mandate to protect our individual freedom, our individual rights and disregard at the same time our ability to act responsible and thoughtful.

I have been watching and experiencing with great pain the growing corruption and irresponsibility within bureaucracy. Equally disturbing is the lack of courage by elected officials to challenge the same.

The demand from many people for quality and locally produced food as result of these dramatic changes is violently opposed by bureaucratic regulators and Goverment.

Under the pretense of protection it becomes clear that Government has taken a dictatorial approach in order to protect us from ourselves.

It appears that even the courts are more and more compromising their role in society as an independent body and favor and endorse Government control instead of protecting the people from Government.

The latest appeal ruling by Justice Tetley overturning my acquittal from Justice Kowarsky has convinced me that I have to take a very drastic step of a personal sacrifice.


Michael Schmidt Reads His Edmonton Declaration

A step I have taken already 5 years ago when our farm was raided by 25 armed officers because of raw milk.

My repeated attempts to engage authorities in a constructive dialogue  have failed on every level. I have only encountered brick walls.

Governments keep ignoring the fact that most surveys have shown that the majority supports my attempt to provide people in Canada with milk of their choice and not to be forced to drink only pasteurized milk. This is not about milk, this is about a turning point in regards to individual rights.

This is a turning point because we the farmers, we the consumers, we as concerned  people of Canada are officially rejecting those who pass regulations without respecting our fundamental rights, our fundamental freedom to be and act as responsible individuals.

We openly challenge and reject those who blindly enforce unjust laws.

We reject those elected members of Parliament who once promised everything and now refuse to listen and act.

We reject the assault on small farmers under the pretense of food safety threats.

We reject Government protection in regards to our individual food choices and our individual health treatment choices.

We reject the criminalization of those who make informed decisions.

Raw milk has become the focal point in the Food Rights Battle across North America.

Raw milk will be the breaking point in the Food Rights Battle.

Raw milk is being used to spread fears and lies across Canada.

Raw milk is wrongly and intentionally targeted, yet the real danger of today’s food lies in the industrialized food system, which is sanctioned and supported by the bureaucracy and Government.

We have been battling the raw milk issue now for over 17 years.

We have offered the Government more than once our cooperation to explore the legalization of raw milk.

New hope arose for many after last years court ruling in Ontario, which recognized the right of educated and informed private individuals to opt out of the apparent responsibility of Government protection.

Across Canada Provincial Health agencies are cracking down on cow share operations.

I am calling on farmers and consumers alike to join in, to openly challenge our bureaucrats and put our elected officials to task.

I will be wherever there is help needed.

I will keep challenging unjust laws.

I will not rest until we have discovered once again our power to resist, to challenge and to stand on guard for Canada and it’s fundamental values of true freedom and responsibility.

I do not want to be asked by my grand children; why did you not prevent this dictatorship of thoughtless bureaucrats when you still could?

Our greatest enemy today is not from another country it is from within our country.

This enemy is mostly invisible for many and therefore dangerous and deceiving.

As wisely expressed by Goethe: “No man is more hopelessly enslaved, than he, who falsely believes that he is free”.

Let’s have the courage to see and face the real enemy within.

Let’s recognize our strength and our will to battle those who are the real enemies.

Let’s understand that the greatest fear for bureaucrats and Governments are those who have no fear.

Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia have been involved in court actions against farmers and cow share members without any respect for the individuals rights and often without due legal process.

As a result of the recent legal developments in British Columbia and Ontario I will once again enter into a hunger-strike as of today, to activate and encourage more and more people to openly join this battle for our fundamental rights and freedom to choose our food and our health.

It is up to us to change the current destruction of our rights. We cannot wait until our elected officials finally understand that they are serving us.

Let’s start today.

Michael Schmidt is a farmer who has won popular acclaim for his brave stand for individual liberties and the right to feed oneself wholesome natural foods of ones choosing. He recently lost Health Canada’s appeal of his successful win against their efforts to stop his cowboarding program. To follow Michael’s hunger strike and other developments, always check The Bovine Blog.

This post is part of Fight Back Friday, see more food activism on The Food Renegade Blog.


  1. I like the comment he made about being asked by his grandchildren why he didn’t do anything about the issue…..Many of us with digestive issues that rely on raw milk/raw milk dairies are dealing with multigenerational epigenetic problems…..I want to leave a legacy for my grandchildren. I want them to be healthier than me and my forbears. 

  2. I tend to want to agree with someone who posted at the FTCLDF site recently – we shouldn’t call it raw milk, we should call it fresh milk.  The stuff at the grocery store is a lot of things but fresh and wholesome isn’t one of those things.  I think many many many people are turned off by the term “raw milk”.  It does sound weird, and weird is not a word we need to be associated with, is it?

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