Two international figures came out last week to make serious statements about farm and food freedom. Sir Julian Rose and the ICPPC Manifesto and Michael Schmidt with his Edmonton Declaration. Michael sent me his and Julian sent his to Kimberly Hartke. I thought it appropriate to tie these two together–Augie
The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) held their Anniversary conference this past weekend. The Manifesto for 21st Century Food and Farming “Farming for the People with the People”was circulated there and was submitted to Hartke is Online! by their co-director, Sir Julian Rose.
Sir Rose, a strong advocate/activists for real farming and raw milk, gives the Manifesto which states:
Continuing to adhere to the present corporate and state controlled food and farming regimes means that:
- Farmer’s time honoured right to save their seeds and to cultivate, distribute and trade the produce resulting from these seeds will continue to be subverted, curtailed and stolen.
- People’s right to perpetuate the biodiversity of locally adapted native plants, herbs and animals for culinary, medicinal and general environmental health will be denied.
- People’s rights to gain lawful access to unused or barren land for the purpose of growing food for their own consumption in ways that do not harm the environment will be blocked.
- People’s time honoured right to carry on the daily operations of good farming practice unhindered by state and corporate power structures, will be denied.
We call for a people led and people owned renaissance of agriculture. One which will liberate the creativity and ingenuity of man and draw inspiration from the time honoured peasant and family farming practices that still form the foundation of self sufficient, sustainable and ecological agricultural production throughout the world.
Read the brief Manifesto submitted at Hartke is Online!
The Edmonton Declaration by Michael Schmidt
The following document was presented at Michael Schmidt’s news conference on the steps of the Alberta Legislature recently:
“Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable environment.
At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.
Today we have only 2% of the population left working on farms.
80% of them have to have another job to keep their farm going.
The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.
Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.
Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain.
GMO crops, pesticides, fertilizers, drugs and hormones are all part of the corporate controlled food chain.
Food safety measures for industrial food production have become the death call for most small farms, small butcher shops, small dairies, small bakeries.
Most of the traditional rural infrastructure as we know from history has been destroyed as a result.
The centralization of our food system is currently the greatest danger to the food security of our nation.
Governments have forgotten their mandate to protect our individual freedom, our individual rights and disregards at the same time our ability to act responsible and thoughtful.
I have been watching with great pain the growing corruption and irresponsibility within bureaucracy. Equally disturbing is the lack of courage by elected officials to challenge the same.
The demand from our people for quality locally produced food as result of these dramatic changes is violently opposed by bureaucratic regulators and Goverment.
Under the pretence of protection it becomes clear that Government has taken a dictatorial approach on behalf of powerful corporations.
This is my proposal today to regulators and elected officials across this country;
I am not here in Edmonton to promote violence and food fights.
I am here to offer my services to negotiate and find solutions.
I am here to mark this day as a turning point.
A turning point because we the farmers, we the consumers, we as concerned people of Canada are officially rejecting those who pass regulations without respecting our fundamental rights, our fundamental freedom to be and act as responsible individuals.
We openly challenge and reject those who blindly enforce unjust laws.
We reject those elected members of Parliament who once promised everything and now refuse to listen and act.
We reject the assault on small farmers under the pretense of food safety threats.
We reject Government protection in regards to our individual food choices and our individual health treatment choices.
We reject the criminalization of those who make informed decisions.
I came to Edmonton to protect and personally support a farm family, which got physically assaulted by Government agents.
This family was ordered to stop providing its services to its members. They provided educated and informed members of this farm co-op with their own raw milk.
Raw milk has become the focal point in the Food Rights Battle across North Amerika.
Raw milk will be the breaking point in the Food Rights Battle.
Raw milk is being used to spread fears and lies across Canada
Raw milk is wrongly and intentionally targeted, yet the real danger of today’s food lies in the industrialized food system, which is sanctioned and supported by bureaucracy and therefore by Government.
We have been battling the raw milk issue now for over 16 years.
We have offered the Government more than once our cooperation to explore the legalization of raw milk.
New hope arose for many after this years court ruling in Ontario, which recognized the right of educated and informed private individuals to opt out of the apparent responsibility of Government protection.
Across Canada Provincial Health agencies are now cracking down on cow share operations.
Since it is deemed legal by the courts in Ontario there is no reason why other Provinces could not follow.
I am calling on farmers and consumers alike to join in to openly challenge our bureaucrats and put our elected officials to task.
I will be wherever there is help needed.
I will keep challenging unjust laws.
I will not rest until we have discovered once again our power to resist, to challenge and to stand on guard for Canada and it’s fundamental values of true freedom and responsibility.
I do not want to be asked by my grand children; why did you not prevent this dictatorship of thoughtless bureaucrats when you still could?
This Thursday is once again Remembrance day in Canada to honor those who fought and died to defend freedom and fundamental justice.
Our greatest enemy today is not from another country it is from within our country.
This enemy is mostly invisible for many and therefore dangerous and deceiving.
As wisely expressed by Goethe: “No man is more hopelessly enslaved, than he who falsely believes that he is free”.
Let’s have the courage to see and face the real enemy within.
Let’s recognize our strength and our will to battle those who are the real enemies.
Let’s understand that the greatest fear for bureaucrats and Governments are those who have no fear.
Cow Share Canada as trustee has officially taken over the local cow share operation from Judith Johnson and Eric Pudlow operating as Beulah Novelty Foods Co-op.
Cow Share Canada has done this to protect this family from further aggravation.
Cow Share Canada has set Canadian Standards for the production of raw milk.
Cow Share Canada is training and accrediting cow share operations to ensure quality and safety.
Cow Share Canada is protecting and defending farmers across Canada from vicious Government attacks.
Cow Share Canada provides guidelines, support and education.
If Alberta, if British Columbia or if any other Provinces engages in new court actions or physical attacks against cow share operators without any respect for the individuals choice of food and due legal process, I will once again enter into a hungerstrike to activate and encourage more and more people to openly join this battle for our fundamental rights and freedom to choose our food and our health.
It is up to us to change the current destruction of our rights. We cannot wait until our elected officials finally understand that they are serving us.
Let’s start today.”– Michael Schmidt, Cow Share Canada
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