Michael Schmidt (agriculture)
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Milk War is a story about Michael Schmidt’s battle to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk. In defiance of the law Schmidt has supplied his neighbours with raw milk for over 20 years. On November 21, 2006 Schmidt’s farm was raided by armed officers, his equipment was seized, all dairy products were destroyed and Michael was charged with 20 criminal offences for distributing unpasteurized milk.
The Schmidt's farm was raided when the government heard about Schmidt's cowsharing program in 1994 and again in 2006. In 2008, he was found guilty of contempt of court for ignoring a court order. He appealed the charges. In 2010, he represented himself in court and the judge, Paul Kowarsky, agreed with Schmidt and dropped all of the charges. The Ontario government appealed. In September 2011, the acquittal was overturned.
His farming operations have continued following the latest judgement. Schmidt plans to appeal. In the meantime, his latest fight involves him undergoing a hunger strike, which began on September 29, 2011 and ended on November 4, 2011. He plans to continue his hunger strike until Ontario's Premier, Dalton McGuinty, agrees to meet with him.
- U.S. raw milk advocates invite farmer on hunger strike to rally Toronto Star. 26 Oct 2011. (Accessed 1 Nov 2011)
- Ontario farmer convicted in raw milk case launches hunger strike
- Hunger strike a needless waste of energy for raw milk crusader
- Should raw milk be sold in Canada?
- About Milk War - ichannel
- Michael Schmidt's raw deal
- Milk given the raw deal?
- Schmidt's Raw Milk Acquittal Overturned
- Farmer to appeal guilty verdicts over raw milk
- Schmidt goes on hunger strike
- Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt ends hunger strike after meeting premier
- Raw milk crusader sheds weight, maintains conviction
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