RAW MILK ALERTS: U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) Formed for Farm Food Freedom–Michael Schmidt Speaks Out

It is now obvious that various groups are now unifying in the raw milk revolution. They say it is a battle of food and farming freedom centered around natural, raw milk; and one of individual liberty. Sadly, the mainstreamed educated non-thinker on Main Street would say these people have lost their cookies and gone crackers.

U.S. and Canadian Raw Milk ALERT: Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) and Statement by Michael Schmidt

Schmidt: Form Alliances Now. Food Freedom crises is global in nature and beyond our imagination. This is our chance now for the future of our children.

Pirtle: the new unified Alliances that are beginning to form around the world are voicing a universal outcry of citizens.

Staven: There appears to be a political backlash . . . We can no longer sit idle and watch our inherent rights be cast aside in favor of corporate profits.

Michael Schmidt, Co-director of the Canadian ARM and leading raw milk advocate, faces fines and imprisonment Jan. 21

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (January 10, 2010)–  U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) have announced their formation. These Alliances for Raw Milk (US ARM and Canadian ARM) and Family Farm and Food Freedom are to promote connections between natural farmers and dairies and families who want fresh, wholesome and healthy natural food choices based on their nutritional education.

The ARMs and their members have declared they have the right and freedom to choose the foods they deem to maintain and restore their health and the right to farm their own land and trade/share the produce with others. The Alliances also come at a time of unwarranted and rapidly increasing legal, regulatory and enforcement actions by state, provincial and federal agencies against small natural, sustainable and organic farms and food operations, especially in the dairy arena.

The Canadian ARM is already organized in Ontario and British Columbia. In the U.S. the states of Wisconsin and Ohio are well underway with thousands of members and more states are pending. Sources in major U.S. raw milk groups say there is strong interest for the EU and Australia and India to join forces in the Alliance.

Internationally known Michael Schmidt, co-director of Canadian ARM told the Journal that he wishes to communicate to the new Alliances and to all farmers and consumers of local, fresh food that:

“Forming local state, federal and international alliances of concerned individuals is of utmost importance. What has to be burning in our soul, is the urge to be free and the determination not to be returned to a modern form of slavery. Blinded by wealth, comfort and convenience we are in grave danger of unconsciously consenting to the takeover of our well being by Government.This battle about raw milk is a battle about food freedom and our individual rights.This is not an isolated battle, this is a global issue beyond our imagination.”

Michael Schmidt, a Canadian degreed biodynamic dairy farmer and teacher has become a well-known North American icon in the food freedom battle. Schmidt owns Glencolton Farms and got arrested this summer again at raw milk Dumpsite 41. His farm was raided by the Ministry of Health and police by 20 armed guards – holding him as a prisoner in his own house for an entire day three years ago – taking all the milk products to the city dump. This is the latest in a series of harassments that date back since 1994.  He faces a $50,000 fine and imprisonment on January 21. Schmidt is charged for his disobedience for three years of court orders to make him stop providing raw milk to friends and family who actually own the cows he cares for.

At a court and rally right before Christmas in Viroqua, WI, Michael Badnarik, a Libertarian Presidential candidate in 2004 and considered a constitutional scholar and statesman, declared that “nowhere is there in laws or constitutions that governments must tell us what we can or cannot eat. Who owns our bodies? We do.” That event led to the formation of the Wisconsin ARM.

David Gumpert, author of this book and publisher TheCompletePatient.com, will be attending the Ontario court and rally

David Gumpert, the author of this new book will be at the Schmidt court and rally on Jan. 21. Click the photo for more info and to buy.

Kaythrene Pirtle, a well-known Chicago musician, author and motivational speaker on nutrition told the Journal,

“The new unified Alliances and many new raw milk alliances that are beginning to form around the world are voicing a universal outcry of citizens that are saying, “We, as human beings on this planet earth, demand the freedom and basic right to choose what kind of food we purchase and eat for ourselves and our families. We will not compromise our lives and health by eating the substandard food produced by a broken profit-driven, government-corporate controlled food system whose only concern is making sure their pockets are lined with money.”

Kurtis Staven, an Alliance coordinator and dairy farmer in British Columbia told the Journal of the dairy farmers concerns there:

“At this point in history, when more people are becoming aware of the foods they eat and the consequences of those actions, there appears to be a political backlash as the guise of food safety is revealed as being geared toward supporting the major agri-business players. We can no longer sit idle and watch our inherent rights be cast aside in favor of corporate profits.”

According to one Alliance member interviewed, who did not want his name disclosed, said: “People are getting fed up with the government/corporate partnerships  in their kitchens and dictating what healthy is and feeding so much nutritional, health and food safety misinformation and disinformation to the general public.” The inside environmental health regulatory specialist says “It is no longer a debate of the health benefits of clean natural milk; that has been settled for a long time. All these people seem to be saying is they want the freedom to eat and farm like grandma and grandpa did without guilt or fear of government intrusion. Now it is a battle over civil rights and basic freedoms .”

The first co-sponsored event of the Alliances, along with other groups, will be in Ontario at the court judgments  and rally for Michael Schmidt on January 21. Anyone can attend and for more information and to RSVP go to the event posting.

Michael Schmidt, also had this to say concerning the groups and alliances that are forming:

This is the chance to return to our fundamental values. This is a battle of individuals uniting to preserve what our children and grand children expect us to do. We battle not for us, we carry the burden of responsibility for the future, we carry the future of our children.

Farmers and consumers can freely join the U.S. Alliance for Raw Milk and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk and several state/provincial ARMs at their internet locations. There, connections can be made with natural farms and food, educational events and upcoming rallies and court proceedings. More information will be disseminated at meetings and events on the local levels.

TO: FARM, FOOD, HEALTH, FREEDOM CIRCUITS/ CN, US, INTNL

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19 responses to “RAW MILK ALERTS: U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) Formed for Farm Food Freedom–Michael Schmidt Speaks Out

  1. We have been fed so many lies about our governments being around to defend us when it is almost common knowledge among the cynical and/or educated most oversight ministries are in the pockets of industrial interests. I am loathe to have to get my raw milk on the sly, to be ridiculed by others for wanting this and condescended to by busybody bureaucrats as to what my health needs are, seeing the typical cubicle toady overweight and eating processed comfort-foods. It seems we’re getting positioned for big companies to feed us their commercial waste dressed up as nourishing foods for the benefit of everyone in cabinet and on committees. Bad trees will never bear good fruit.

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  3. Nice story you’ve put together here, Augie. Hope you don’t mind if I reprint it on the Bovine — with credit to the Journal of Natural Food and Healing, of course!

    Finally, a worthwhile use for Facebook!

  4. This is great news.

    What a shameful thing it is that the people have to fight our own politicians to get control back over our own bodies, and it is all in the diguise of safety.

    Coke and many so called foods in NORMAL supermarkets make people very sick and that is totally overlooked by politicians.

    We are with you Michael of Glencolton Farms – you have served your milk share members well all these many years. Thank you for all you have done and endured…

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  6. In the past few days this has turned from a earth tremor to a huge ground swell of support. No doubts by the time January 21 comes around the effects will be felt nation wide.

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  8. Rosanne Lindsay

    Is there a separate link to these ARMs or does one have to join Facebook?

    Rosanne

  9. As I understand it, one has to join Facebook to join the ARMs. Correct me if I’m wrong, Augie.

  10. Marietta Pellicano

    Michael, you are in our prayers, and one prayer I pray is that God’s legions of Angels, lead by Michael the Arc-Angel will be with on Jan.21st.
    You are more a hero than you will ever know. Thank You, Thank You so much for all that you stand for and by regarding this issue of nutrient dense foods that all our bodies’ need so desperately. May God bless you and keep you safe.

  11. Isn’t it ridiculous, pathetic that we need to do this? Who has the right to tell me what I can put in my body, be it a food, a vitamin, a drug? Who owns this body?

    God bless you, Michael. The link to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund is broken!

  12. Carla said this under About the Journal:
    Hello, I am new to the raw milk dilemma. I was raised on raw cow milk. I live in Kentucky and never would have thought that it would be illegal to buy raw milk from a farmer. I mean really whou would have thunk it…What is the world coming to when you can’t buy healthy, raw, unprocessed food…wondering who is making money on that one. Anyway I am thankful that there is information about this subject that is available I just wish I knew how to get it more widespread….Any ideas would be great.

  13. Please look at this…. about the ground zero for swine flu from pig factory farms in Mexico, this is an excellent Swiss documentary:

    or see it here

    http://www.grain.org/articles/?id=58

    many blessings from Marianne in Ontario

  14. …homogenization of milk is even far more dangerous than cooking it

  15. Hi MYKISA

    you are soo right, homogenization is the worst… the fat turns into something that the body cannot handle, so either you get pimples if your system is strong enough or it stays in the body and wreaks havoc,,,

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  17. Like the earlier commenter, I find it unfortunate that the ARM’s are organizing under the banner of FaceBook, as these sites are known data aggregators started with DARPA grant money.

    Starting a “grass roots” organization there is rather installing a mole at te very center of your group at the very outset. Strategically, this is not a good move.

    If the same “law enforcement” strategies used against Michael Schmidt in the supposedly “free” nation of Canada are brought to bear on these groups in the months and years ahead, they’ll already have a handy list of leaders and organizers — and know exactly who to take down first and where to find them.

    My wife Anita & I were listed on the German ARM site, solely because we’ve been listed as acting WAPF representatives in country, without anyone even bothering to ask if we were okay with such a listing.

    Don’t get me wrong, we SUPPORT everything these ARM’s are about right now, but we are also well aware that such organizations are OFTEN co-opted as they become vital hubs of opposition to technocratic policy.

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