It is we that have to pick up the ball and run with it!
In this country we are regulated to death with a myriad of Simple serpents,spending our tax dollars justifying their existence.
Take for example the whole Raw Milk issue that Michael Schmidt is fighting. The fact of the matter is that people are drinking raw milk. The health authorities charge people for selling and in Alberta for producing the product. Of course Schmidt has wrestled with them for 15 to 20 years and beat them, and they in turn appeal the decision. There is value for you tax dollars!
The people who are producing raw milk across the country are face with different laws in different provinces all operating illegally.
Crudeos to Michael Schmidt who is taking the bull by the horn by creating Cow Share Canada Inc.. This company is offering the only training, supervision and setting the standards to produce a safe product.
My last interview with Michael Schmidt allowed me some insight into what he is doing. It seems he has the right idea. He is spear heading the organization of an industry wherein which, these would be criminals producing milk with out government supervision, are regulating themselves to standards set out by the dairy industry. Now in my view this is a responsible approach!
No marketing board, no milk police no bull shit! Michael Schmidt has approached the local Health Authority as well as the Milk Marketing Board and been shunned.
Now call me stupid but ignoring the problem doesn’t solve the problem. Laying charges and wasting Court time and legal fees to punish people for exercising their right to choose does not seem very productive.
Under Michael Schmidt’s plan with Cow Share Canada Inc., the farmers register with his organization and immediately are set on a path to have their herd inspected, their operations certified to industry standards they are then offered courses to improve their quality and production. The fact of the matter is this approach holds the promise of prevention of disease and some controls which the Health Authorities have been unable to enforce effectively.
Now it seems logical to me that if you work in tandem with your adversaries you will eventually get everyone on the same page and solve the problems, whereas butting heads only gives you a head ache.
I know that under the Cow Share Canada Inc.’s program that the farmers are financially rewarded for their efforts and a farm with only 24 cows becomes financially viable with less than 50 acres of land. If we look arround today and look at all the small farms that are not in production you have to wonder!
When the small farms go out of production so so the small towns and business supporting them shut down. This creates unemployment and an overall lack of productivity.
Michael Schmidt and his plan with Cow Share Canada Inc. has been embraced by his American counter parts and are in fact doing what the government has failed to do with the millions of dollars they have spent trying to shove it down the throats of everyone involved whilst breeching the rights of the very people they are paid to protect.
Michael Schmidt has done this on his dime, with no help from any government body or any tax dollars. When you stop and think Dr. Hazel Lynne being paid 300 grand a year and has mounted a legal battle employing lawyers, doctors, armed enforcement officers, judges, inspectors and a plenta of professionals go to court and loose so then they can try again with the appeal process to start over again. Get a grip!
Michael Schmidt has put together farmers in eight provinces and has some 1,100 people working together in Canada alone. Now that is amazing! Oh and guess what it aint cost us a dime!
The right to choose is what is at stake. The possibilities of this mans efforts could help revive a dyeing part of our Canadian culture while improving the economics of small town Canada something else of the Governments of today are failing at.
Keep up the good work Michael, you are making this a better world and thank you for your efforts!