World TV Premier of Milk War

Amid a resurgence in local food systems emerges Milk War, a documentary highlighting raw milk skirmishes that pit corporate-owned regulatory agencies against food freedom – the right to eat of the Earth without government interference. Milk War airs this Sunday in Canada on the ichannel at 8pm and 11pm Eastern.

Written and directed by award-winning journalist, Kevin O’Keefe, and produced by Declan O’Driscoll, the 60-minute film explores the Michael Schmidt case, a biodynamic farmer who legally challenged Ontario’s ban on raw milk.

The Bovine gave it high praise, saying the film “dug deep and presented perhaps the most complete picture yet of the raw milk story around Michael Schmidt and Glencolton Farms.”

Having been raised in post-Nazi Germany:

Michael sees, perhaps more clearly than most, that the greatest challenge to the freedom and liberty we cherish and that our forefathers fought for, is coming not from terrorists or outsiders, but from an unaccountable proliferation of regulations that looks, from the outside, like bureaucrats on a power trip.

Producer Declan O’Driscoll has long been a cowshare member and brought the idea to ichannel, Canada’s political and social issues network. In an interview with radio show host, Kevin Bernard, writer-director Kevin O’Keefe gives background into the making of the film. Included in the film is a view into biodynamic farming, which O’Keefe describes:

“It’s sort of like hyper-organic farming. It’s beyond organic. It’s a very strict system of farming developed by an Austrian philosopher, Rudolph Steiner.”

At the center of this David and Goliath story is living food. “Milk is a living product. It’s alive. It contains lots of bacteria,” O’Keefe explains. Schmidt’s strict biodynamic system allows him to produce living milk safely, unlike conventional dairies that often sell tainted supplies.

O’Keefe then mentions the poisoning of Walkerton, Ontario. In 2000, a deadly strain of E. coli from factory dairies leached into the water supply. Thousands took ill and seven people died.

Canada is the only G8 country that bans the sale of raw milk, says O’Keefe. In the US, ten states allow for retail sale of raw milk for human consumption. According to an interactive map created by the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, those states are Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Idaho and Washington.

“The Queen of England drinks raw milk,” O’Keefe said. In fact, raw milk is legal throughout most of Europe. David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution, reports that, in Europe, people often buy raw milk from vending machines.

Organic raw milk vending machine, France

Rady Ananda began blogging in 2004. Her work has appeared in several online and print publications, including three books on election fraud. Most of her career was spent working for lawyers in research, investigations and as a paralegal. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture with a B.S. in Natural Resources. Read other articles by Rady.

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  1. kalidas said on September 23rd, 2010 at 12:35pm #

    The king of foods.
    Nothing else even comes close.

  2. j30 said on September 23rd, 2010 at 4:47pm #

    I have yet to try raw milk… I’d wanna know, not just trust, that the cow was healthy, range-fed and well cared for.

    But I definitely agree people have a right to whatever food they wanna eat – risky or not.

    the last thing we need is a nanny state prescribing every move.

    ~ Rady

  3. kalidas said on September 26th, 2010 at 8:54am #

    I’m not so sure about that, Rady.
    I don’t believe for one moment people have a right to kill other living flesh and blood creatures for the sake of satisfying their taste buds.
    And that’s what it is.
    There are plenty of foods available for the vast majority of people.
    Hardly anyone is an Inuit or q desert dweller where flesh and blood consumption is actually required in order to be nourished due to lack of grains, fruits, vegetables, milk cheese, etc.
    The killing/murder each and every year of fifty BILLION animals for sense enjoyment is an abomination beyond comparison.

  4. j30 said on September 26th, 2010 at 9:05am #

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree, Kalidas. The food web is based on creatures eating other creatures. Humans have been eating animals for as long we’ve been around, evidence suggests.

    Now, I agree we should limit our meat intake – for a whole host of reasons including personal health. Most humans are not vegetarians, nor do they want to be.

    but anyway, my support of food freedom was directed at the right to drink fresh milk.

  5. bozh said on September 26th, 2010 at 10:21am #

    Well, who am i to tell the nature [or call it ALLOFIT, or universe] that it does anything wrong?
    I assume that life that existed from which we originate most likely also ate meat along with greens, berries, nuts, fruit, eggs, milk, honey,etc.

    It seems inuit ate only meat and fish. That these people are still with us proves that nature once again was right; i.e., if we dare insult her with being even right let alone wrong.

    There aren’t true-false or wrong-right events in nature. There are tho true-false answers in nature only if humans are included in nature!
    Thus, sorry to say or even verrry sorry, obama is a part of that nature same as me but commnads-owns jets, tanks, warships, money, US, palestina, iraq, afgh’n and i don’t!
    So how now brown cow? gather together and wrest all that from him! Else what?
    More palestinas; more death-maimings-poverty!

  6. bozh said on September 26th, 2010 at 10:44am #

    Shld the question arise: are we eating meat? Using the word “meat” as undefinable; i.e., as it meant for millennia and, sorry to say, even today.
    It seems to me we are eating patients! So, let’s not eat them! As noted, people who ate only or mostly meat,fish have survived.

    To insult the nature or god or god-nature or whatever is going on, it cldn’t care less what we eat; else, if it did, it wld force us to throw up much of the ‘food’ [means danger word] we eat; however, damn it, it decided to be stupid.

    Of course, along with the constitution, clergy, ‘educators’, congress, judiciary, WH, columnists. Sorry, i forgot about rich people– they may be eating FOOD!
    Actually, we do now a lot of stomach-aching, nausea, vomiting, direa,constipation, maddening, depressing, cursing, etc. tnx

  7. kalidas said on September 26th, 2010 at 10:59am #

    Then you shouldn’t have added this…

    “But I definitely agree people have a right to whatever food they wanna eat – risky or not.”

    Hell, if we’re nothing more than animals why not eat each other. No shortage of food there.
    “He was good with mustard.”