Why Is This Raw Milk Farmer In Jail?

By Heather Callaghan

I stand with Michael Schmidt. I love him, a mass food freedom community loves him and I’m pretty sure our hundreds of thousands of readers love him. If you’ve seen his face before it was probably alongside a wine glass filled to the brim with raw milk. That particular iconography might as well be the very symbol of food freedom itself.

Why are we free to buy alcohol but not the natural milk that flows from our own cows? Why do real criminals arguably walk the streets free, while peaceful dairy farmer Michael Schmidt must sit behind bars eating whatever Central North Correctional Centre serves him?

That’s what thousands and thousands of food freedom lovers across the world would like to know!

During an October 2nd raid in 2015, officials ambushed the Canadian farmer’s Glenncolton farm to collect evidence surrounding the distribution of raw milk. Within minutes, around 70 supporters showed up in peaceful solidarity with Schmidt. Five people were initially charged, but only Michael’s obstruction charge remained.

He is now serving around 15 more weekends at a notoriously harsh prison in order to fulfill the 60-day jail sentence he was ordered. He leaves Friday evenings for the center and exits it on Monday mornings.

As in the United States, Canadians often obtain raw milk by entering herdshare agreements where community members will purchase a portion of the cow and reimburse the farmer who boards and cares for their cow. The private club member will then pick up the milk from their cow. Food freedom activists have had to say hundreds of times – this is not a commercial or retail concept and it is not open to the public. Raw milk sales remain illegal in Canada.

Toronto Sun reported:

“This was the people’s property and people’s cows and milk,” [Schmidt] said.

“They keep picking on me and now they’re putting me in jail. These things are backfiring, politically. It’s another overreach of government instead of trying to sit down and say, ‘Let’s figure out what you’re doing is legal or not.’”


The Crown recommended a 30-day suspended sentence but the judge wanted 60 days in jail, a rarity in court decorum, [farmer Lewis “Skip”] Taylor said.

Schmidt and others are hoping to appeal the conviction and sentencing.

There is much more to this story, and a heck of a lot more to be said, but we wanted to get the word out as soon as possible so that Michael has a chance to be free and with his family again.

In the meantime, those who wish to support Schmidt can sign this PETITION to FREE Michael Schmidt and change Canada’s archaic raw milk laws.

Join us in the Support Michael Schmidt Support group on Facebook!

We will update you on stories about Schmidt and any protests, but you should also check out The Bovine – the fastest news on raw milk freedom out there.

Our exclusive 2015 interview with Michael Schmidt:

DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Heather Callaghan is a Health Mentor, writer, speaker and food freedom advocate. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner.

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11 Comments on "Why Is This Raw Milk Farmer In Jail?"

  1. As long as he truthfully advertised his product as non-pasteurized, no crime has been committed.

  2. Why?

    Because any government (such as the US Constitutional Republic) not established upon an immutable/unchanging moral standard (as only found in Yahweh’s moral law) inevitably devolves into a police state.

    Liberty was formally lost in America when the 18th-century Enlightenment founders made liberty a goal (almost a god) instead of a corollary of implementing Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty (Psalm 19:7-11,
    119:44-45, James 2:12) as the supreme law of the land:

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1, 7)

    Today’s America is merely reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers.

    For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

    Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  3. I used to get milk from our farmer neighbor – all the time. It didn’t make Anybody sick or did anyone die . Who’s sending all the Afghanistan heroine here, killing thousands ? Not Milk Farmers.

  4. Death to tyrants.

  5. Robby Maraglia | November 19, 2017 at 6:34 am | Reply

    “hoping to appeal”? Who is this guys attorney? Sentences are typically deferred during appeal. Why appeal if one has already paid for the “crime”? Canada sucks. Our northern neighbor has become so socialist that we will need a wall along that border also.

  6. gregory alan johnson | November 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Reply

    All corporation governances devolve into what we’re seeing around the world now.
    There is no man-made governance that has a long (300yrs) track record. Yeshua is the only salvation of mankind.

  7. No Earthly government has the authority to block people’s access to food or dope of their choosing.
    Examples: real milk and marijuana.
    No Earthly government has the authority to force dope on anyone.
    Examples: fluoride, non-therapeutic vaccines, and psycho dope.

  8. James Higginbotham | November 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Reply

    my siblings and I were all raised on SO CALLED RAW MILK, and we had ROSY CHEEKS AND WERE HEALTHY.
    and we milked our cows everyday and our Mother and my Sisters made Butter, cheese ext.
    and NONE of us ever got sick on so called RAW MILK.

  9. Why – because he does’t worship the same man made gods…. AND IF I WERE HIM< I would be FASTING the whole time I was in there, never eating ANY of their garbage…. but the facts are that Yahweh our Creator the risen Jesus DESIGNED the COW – to produce VERY HEALTHY MILK if living according to his design parameters – fact is, if its a cow eating grass on the farm and has no antibiotics – there not only healthy but the milk is AGAINST anything unclean – it will destroy the bad bacterias and only provide health to people…. There's some types that are not as healthy such as the Holstein variety, but by in large the milk is not dangerous to drink… and is MUCH much much MUCH safer than processed milk.

  10. Whole Raw Milk is soooo Good, and Government is getting sooo bad. My Prayers for Michael Schmidt that his sentence will be overturned and government will have to apologize. and lay a heavy burden upon them to repay Mr. Schmidt

  11. People just aren’t getting it. The gubmint doesn’t like people using things that will prolong their lives. They are in active pursuit of population control. This article is proof positive of that. Cannabis still schedule I with zero deaths since the beginning of time. Opiates have killed 10 people as I wrote this.

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