Michael Schmidt, Perhaps Describing the Chasm Between Raw Milk Proponents and Gov't Regulators

Who at the end is responsible?

Guest blog for Hartkeonline by Michael Schmidt

The war on raw is in full swing. I guarantee that we have not seen yet the full escalation of this battle. Dreaming of a better future in regards to our food rights seems to become a nightmare beyond imagining. Thinking that logic, common sense and justice would resolve this dilemma seems to fade day by day. The layers of bureaucracy and legislative levels of Governance have created this impressive image of a castle worthy of the Lord of the Ring. As I think of it even the battles described in this incredible story of middle earth felt as hopeless as our mounting food rights confrontation with the cold and mindless corporate food control culture.

In the face of it one cannot blame those scared by the question; is it worth to risk life, liberty and security by fighting for life, liberty and security?


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As ridiculous as it sounds, in fighting for these values we are risking all three as we dare to question and challenge the system.

We have to acknowledge the remarkable advances made since 1945 by those trying to control mind and body of society. As much as we have advanced in every aspect of life, we are descending into a scenario worthy of comparing to darkest hours of mankind in history.

The darkness of this hour is the fact that we should have known, that we should have acted a long time ago, that we are currently paralyzed by this dragon of bureaucracy and are not willing to risk what it takes to win this crucial and decisive battle in the evolution of mankind.

I keep watching, amazed at the assaults across the continent inflicted on farmers and families, on doctors and patients and on those who opted out of the mainstream corporate dogma.

On the other hand I cannot believe that there has not been a midnight raid at Morningland Dairy by citizens to save and confiscate the “FDA banned cheese”.  It is ours to act.

It does not have to be the farmer who has to carry the flag of human liberty and dignity ahead of the battling troops for food rights.

Because of the internet we have the illusion that we are not alone. We have the illusion that there are millions fighting the same battle. We have the illusion that the presence on the WWW is what will eventually convince enough to create a critical mass for a changing consciousness.

This could be true or let’s say, this better be true.


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Reflecting on the remarkable food revolution triggered by the book “Nourishing Traditions” let me say; the impossible was possible because of this “act of will” to create a piece of art within the supermarket of cook book commerce.

Sally Fallon Morell had no idea what this would trigger when she wrote this book.

This will help us to understand that sometimes it does not matter what the expectations are. It matters that we follow our conscience, that we move forward, that we act.

The remarkable growth and impact of the Weston Price Foundation in North America as a result of this book can give us hope and a clear understanding that it is not always money that drives the agenda.

In his book, The Raw Milk Revolution–The Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, David Gumpert clearly defined the raw milk movement as the driving force in the Food Rights Battle. I agree and go even further, that in fact the Raw Milk Movement has the potential of creating a tangible tipping point.

We have in place what it takes to trigger the sense of empowerment through action.

We have all the elements of a serious and credible force composed of the most important elements of society.

•    We have outraged mothers trying to do the best for their children as repeatedly mentioned by Mark McAfee, owner of the largest raw milk dairy in the U.S.

•    We (still) have the skilled farmers known for their spirit of independence and determination.

•    We have many many sick people searching for alternatives.

•    We have the potential to become fearless.

•    We have the potential to join other causes.

•    We have the profound thirst for justice.

The only thing we are missing is the real pain, the real depth of understanding  of what will happen IF we do not act now.

Not yet have we been confronted with the real scope of consequences.

We are still missing the necessary element of our will to sacrifice for the benefit of the future.

We are currently sacrificing the future for our benefit.

As I said many times before; it is all a matter of the WILL.

According to Rudolf Steiner the problem of our WILL is a matter of NUTRITION.

Where do we start ???????

Read NOURISHING TRADITIONS and start searching for the last surviving farmers, and support these keepers of the earth!

Michael Schmidt is the keeper of the cows on Glencolton Farm in Ontario Canada. He is a renown champion of citizen’s right to choose raw dairy, and has faced severe persecution from Health Canada. Read his recent post on The Bovine blog, Why I am Committed to Seek Co-operation with Government Regulators [Regarding Raw Milk].


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This post is part of the Food Renegade Fight Back Friday blog carnival, where you will see more activist items and real food posts.