Weston A Price Foundation Urgent Raw Milk Action Alert

I received this Urgent Action Alert from the Weston A Price Foundation. They are requesting all Weston A Price Foundation members and people interested in food freedom to commence a letter writing campaign to mobilize against government interference with property ownership rights and food freedom. A sample letter can be found in the comment section of this posting:

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Raw Milk Rally at the Legislature in Victoria, BC on November 23, 2011. Photo from Gordon Watson.

BACKGROUND
On Wednesday, September 28, 2010, the Ontario government won its appeal against biodynamic farmer, Michael Schmidt. The appeal reversed the former ruling, which confirmed cow share members? right to obtain raw milk products. Justice Peter Tetley rejected Schmidt?s argument that providing raw milk to cow share owners who are aware of any health risks was his legal right.

Schmidt has been fighting for the right to provide raw milk at his Grey County farm ever since it was raided by government officials in 1994. The recent ruling convicts Michael on 15 of 19 charges and reverses last year?s lower court decision to acquit him of all charges. This latest judicial ruling basically endorses governmental interference in property ownership rights and violates basic human rights to food freedom.

Since this ruling, Michael has embarked on a hunger strike and faces imminent danger of another raid to his farm, as do other farms that participate in Cow Share Canada. He feels that our movement is in great danger and we must act in unison now!

Michael?s urgent message: “We must mobilize our forces throughout Canada and the US with an enormous public outcry. We need to put relentless pressure on legislators in both countries?national, state and local?and also on health authorities through a massive letter-writing and call-in campaign. ?We also need to organize face-to-face meetings whenever possible. Canada desperately needs US support in these matters, so we encourage all US members to send messages to key Canadian contacts as well.”

ACTION TO TAKE
It is imperative that we organize to a much higher level. We need everyone in our movement to participate. We need:

  1. At the very least, all members (US and Canada) should write to Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. Submit an email or send a fax to 416.325.3745.
  2. US citizens to write letters and call local, state, and federal legislators in the U.S. and to write letters to Canadian members of the Provincial Parliament in Ontario and British Columbia listed in this alert.
  3. Canadian citizens to write letters to Canadian members of the Provincial Parliament in Ontario and British Columbia listed in this alert.
  4. All need to write letters and call your local health officials.

Michael is depending on us to back up his brave efforts for food freedom!

CANADIAN CONTACTS
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A1
T: 1.800.387.5559
F: 416.325.3745
Send an Email

Tim Hudak, Leader of the Opposition
Unit M1, 4961 King St. E, Beamsville, ON, L0R 1B0
timhudak@niagara.net
T: 905.563.1755
T:1.800.665.3697

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
242 Piccadilly Street, London, ON, N6A 1S4
dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
T: 519.432.7339
F: 519.432.0613

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party, Hamilton Centre Constituency
Suite 200, 20 Hughson Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 2A1
ahorwath-co@ndp.on.ca
T: 905.544.9644
F: 905.544.5152

Randy Hillier, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Constituency
Unit 1, 105 Dufferin Street, Perth, ON, K7H 3A5
randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org
T: 613.267.8239
F: 613.267.7398

Jack MacLaren
2 Beaverbrook Mall, Unit 102, Kanata, ON, K2K 1L2
jack@jackmaclaren.com
T: 1.877.780.5225

Greg Sorbara, Liberal MPP in Ontario Constituency Office
140 Woodbridge Avenue, Unit AU8 – Market Lane, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 4K9
gsorbara.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
T: 905.851.0440
F: 905.851.0210

Larry Miller, Federal Conservative MP, Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture in Ottawa
1131 2nd Avenue East, Suite 208, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 2J1
millela1@parl.gc.ca
T: 519.371.1059
F: 519.371.1752

4 thoughts on “Weston A Price Foundation Urgent Raw Milk Action Alert

  1. SAMPLE LETTER
    An Urgent Appeal for Justice
    Dear ___________,

    Today, governments are pouring enormous resources into interfering with people?s rights to their own property and to obtain the food they need for their well-being. Governments that are truly concerned with justice are supposed to protect citizens? rights, not violate them. We urgently demand an open, in-depth dialogue with government and health officials about these violations of food freedom and property ownership.

    Increasing numbers of people consider it crucial to their health to obtain high-quality foods directly from organic, sustainable farms. These foods often include raw dairy products, meat and eggs from free-ranging, grass-fed animals?foods of very dense nutrient value that cannot be found in grocery stores.

    In states and provinces where the law bans the sale of raw milk, people enter into contracts to co-own a cow and board the animal with a farmer. As owners of the cow, they are also the owners of the milk the cow produces, and are legally entitled to drink it because no sale of milk is involved. These arrangements are called ?cowshares?.

    The most allergenic food in North America is pasteurized milk, so it is not an option for many families. Raw milk is not allergenic and actually cures asthma and allergies (huge international studies show this to be true). That is why we must be free to have that choice. That is why our lack of food freedom creates illness and pushes us all into food slavery.

    These basic principles of justice must prevail:
    1. Food freedom is an inalienable constitutional right
    2. Rights to one’s own property is a legally binding principle
    3. Cowshares are a legal binding contract of property ownership
    4. Access to foods from small farms is essential to the health and well-being of families who choose these foods
    5. Small sustainable farms are essential to the health of agriculture world-wide
    6. Governmental interference of property ownership rights along with violations to basic human rights of food freedom must end
    7. Government and health authorities must abstain from the infringement of rights and violence against cowshare programs.

    Sincerely,

  2. Good for those who are striving to bring good old fashioned healthy food back into our lives!!!! When the government shows real intent to look out for our health by making it illegal for us to consume and use cigarettes and alcohol because there is a threat to our health I might believe that they really have our health interest at heart. In the mean time what I have observed over the years is that the most rigorous efforts to control our consumption comes when we are actually trying to obtain natural products that are actually making us well at last instead of masking the symptoms of our un-wellness!

  3. Hi Sharon,

    I’m not a smoker or much of a drinker but I don’t want the government to stop me from smoking, drinking or doing drugs or herbal medicines if I feel like it. These are examples of victomless crimes. I don’t think it is healthy to hope the government has your best interest at heart regarding what you put in your body. Government’s main function is control of the public. Lord William Rees-Mogg writes in The Sovereign Individual, governments are “protection rackets”.

    I would like to give you one historical example of how controlling the “sins” of the masses work for the benefit, and monetary enrichment, of the government. At one time farmers had the right to use a still and convert their extra grains and corn into alcohol. They could even burn this fuel in their Ford Model T automobiles. They were a very independence group of people with their own food and fuel supply. Prohibition stopped the home distilling. It also stopped men meeting at local bars and pubs and commiserating about social and sometimes political issues.

    Well, now we can drink but you haven’t seen the return of the home still. Biofuel production is now controlled by the government and their evil twin, large corporations. The tradition of pubs and local drinking halls for meeting and discussing political issues has been replaced by the TV and private home intoxication, a much more dangerous form of drinking for the individual. Ask any Alcoholic. Social conversation of a political nature has almost stopped, leaving the conversation to the professional politician. Now, most of us don’t even understand the political conversation that is occurring, nor appreciate the ramifications of the enacted legislation, we all will have to follow.

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