Around 50 people gathered outside of Queen’s Park to show solidarity with farmer and raw milk crusader, Michael Schmidt, who has been on a hunger strike protesting the court's decision to not allow him to sell raw milk. Canada. 25th October 2011.
Around 50 people rallied in front of Queen's Park today to show solidarity with raw milk crusader, Michael Schmidt, and to ask Premier Dalton McGuinty to meet with the beleaguered farmer. Schmidt is now on day 25 of a hunger strike and according to his spokesperson was unable to attend the rally due to low energy levels.
The Durham area farmer runs a raw milk co-op, which was raided in 2006 by inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources. Schmidt was brought up on charges for violating Ontario’s public health and milk-marketing rules, for which he was found to be not guilty in early 2010. The Ontario Court of Justice, finding Schmidt guilty on 15 of the 19 charges laid, recently overruled that previous verdict.
Mr. Schmidt's current hunger strike is in protest to this ruling. He will continue fasting until he is allowed to meet with Ontario Premier McGuinty to openly discuss the pasteurization issue and the freedom of consumers to choose.
Currently Canada is the only G8 country that does not allow the sale and distribution of raw milk.