Raw Milk Advocate
Michael Schmidt is a Canadian heritage breed dairy farmer and advocate for raw milk. Raised in Germany with a Masters in Agriculture, he practices biodynamic principles of farming on his farm, Glencolton Farms, in Durham, Ontario. (Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition.)
The documentary film 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 22 years. In 2011, Schmidt’s farm was raided, equipment seized, dairy products destroyed and Michael has since been charged with 20 criminal offenses for distributing unpasteurized milk. A Canadian David and Goliath story; when asked if he was willing to go to jail Schmidt said, “Whatever it takes to give people the freedom to choose healthy nutritious food.”
In addition to milk charges, Schmidt was also charged along with Montana Jones after the CFIA seized and killed her heritage Shropshire sheep. He and Montana face impossible fines and 12 years in prison, all for trying to protect Canada’s heritage breed livestock. In the meantime, Schmidt continues to fight for people’s right to make an informed choice re: their milk, their food, their individual relationship to their farmer, and farmer to their shareholders.For additional information and background on Schmidt’s case, The Bovine has comprehensive coverage of the cases and actions against food freedom related to Glencolton Farms.