Canadians: Contact your officials! (Info below)
Three weeks have passed and Canadian dairy farmer continues his hunger strike for food freedom. He has consumed only water and not even his normal daily glass of milk. He’s lost about 30 pounds and is starting to look gaunt. He’s admitted that he is getting weaker and has had to stop working.
Mr. Schmidt wants to meet with Canadian Premier Dalton McGuinty to start a dialog on food freedom. Last week he posted a letter to Mr. Mc Guinty. So far, Mr. McGuinty has ignored all requests to meet with Mr. Schmidt.
Does Michael Schmidt have to die? He states that he is willing to because he believes in the freedom of food. Obviously, to the Canadian government he is just a fly in the ointment, a nuisance.
A reader commented on The Bovine site, Michael Schmidt’s WordPress blog, that if it’s legal to buy all sorts of raw foods: beef, pork, chicken, sushi and raw vegetables (which we know, of late, can be contaminated with e-coli or other organisms) as well as PRODUCTS THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE HARMFUL TO HEALTH such as alcohol, tobacco and over-the-counter drugs — then WHY is it illegal for people to drink milk from a cow-share?
Read the above paragraph again.
As I said in last week’s post on this hunger strike by Mr. Schmidt, people have been trading with farmers since just about the beginning of time. Up until the early 1900s, communities were agricultural based. The farmer supplied the food to the surrounding areas. Until the ‘advance’ of modern food and the system of grocery stores that we have now – our farmers were an important part of the landscape. They still are but the face has changed to the industrialized machine. Get big or get out!
This is all about control. “In the public’s best interest” is a statement uttered by agencies here and in Canada. As the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations are pointing out to the uninitiated of us who already know -and care- what goes on behind closed doors, this could also mean, “In the corporation’s best interest.” We all know that corporate influence is rampant in the food industry in its relations with the government.
Michael Schmidt’s cow-share program is not a national health threat. The milk that he and others consume doesn’t go into the main food system. It is available to only his cow share members. This is a choice that they make. They are not coerced, bribed, threatened or lied to. All these people want is good, fresh unpasteurized milk because ‘factory’ milk, with its antibiotics, hormones, and even what the pastuerization process does to the milk – makes them sick!
In that spirit of “Occupy” and for farmer Michael Schmidt — I ask EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO READS THIS BLOG: contact the Canadian Premier. I have provided a list below of other Canadian government officials (With thanks to Kim Hartke on Hartkeisonline),
I wrote to Mr. McGuinty. Yes, I am a U.S. citizen and what I think doesn’t matter in Canadian politics. He doesn’t have to listen to what I say. He does, however, have to listen to all the voices raised in support of Mr. Schmidt – and his conscience.
God Bless you, Michael Schmidt, and keep you strong and brave in this fight for ALL OF US, Canadian and American alike, for our food freedom!
Premier Dalton McGuinty
* Contact him through his website (link above) as this eml address may have ‘filters’ to block out any mail referring to Michael: raw milk, dairy farmer etc.*
Roon 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Deborah Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care
10 th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion
8 th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1S5
Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
(no contact information available as at Oct. 12)
Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources
(e-mail address not listed on website)
Suite 6630, 6 th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Federal Cabinet Ministers:
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
House of Commons
Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons
Support food freedom: Petition to Government of Canada
Did Canada just give away your right to choose what you consume?
Michael Schmidt on Hunger Strike for Responsible Food Freedom
Ontario convicts Michael Schmidt of over a dozen crimes for selling real milk