The Ontario Court of Justice rules against raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, seen here holding up a glass of his milk prior to Wednesday’s ruling.
Oct. 10 Update: Michael Schmidt on Hunger Strike for Responsible Food Freedom
By Tracey Tyler
DURHAM, ONT.—Lola and the girls ambled close to the barn Wednesday, a bit prematurely. Their keeper, Michael Schmidt, has always vowed to fight until the cows come home for the right to get raw milk into his customers’ hands.
But it looks like his battle will take longer than he expected.
At his farm in Grey County, a few kilometres outside town, Schmidt had a call late Wednesday afternoon from one of his lawyers, informing him he’d been convicted of more than a dozen provincial offences relating to the sale of unpasteurized milk and could potentially face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
“I can’t believe it,” he said, wiping his brow before heading back to his farmhouse to read a copy of the 77-page ruling, which his lawyer was emailing.
The Ontario Court of Justice dismissed every one of his arguments that distributing and purchasing raw milk was a well-informed consumer’s constitutional right. The appeal of the Jan. 21 ruling was the latest chapter in Schmidt’s four-year battle to keep milk flowing from his raw milk operation, which he described as a fight for “food freedom.”
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