Toronto Food Rights Event: “My Farm My Food” Public Signing of the Declaration of Food Rights Nov 22/15

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WHAT STARTED AS A RAW MILK DEBATE HAS MORPHED INTO A BOLD EXAMPLE OF THE FOOD RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

Two decades of tension for a small group of farmers and their families, going about wanting to feed themselves, has to end.

On October 2, 2015 in a public display of solidarity, farm owners stopped government agencies from taking their food off their property. NHPPA posted that and received more “likes” and “shares” than any other post over the last year. It was a direct citizen action that spoke to all of us.

In the 21 years the farm has been producing raw milk for a private co-operative, this is the 3rd time they’ve been aggressively investigated. Years of court battles, threatening enforcement and disproportionately harsh tactics by authorities have been a part of their lives. Since the October 2 raid, farm owners have been asking for a dialogue with authorities involved to stop the harassment and threat of losing access to their food. No-one was willing to talk to them and five of them have since been charged. Last month they decided to began writing, emailing and calling Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne. She also rejected their request for a meeting saying that, “as this matter remains under investigation, it would be inappropriate for me, as Premier, to comment on this issue.” The position of York Region Public Health is that the Durham, Ontario farm owners are “distributing raw milk” which is not permitted under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The position of the farm owners is that they are not “distributing” raw milk. Food from Glencolton Farms is not available to the public. They hold the opinion that they are producing and consuming raw milk completely within the rights they enjoy in Ontario.

If you support the rights of people to make their own food choices, without interference from the government, we want to see you at Queen’s Park on November 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm!

Like NHPPA’s battle with protecting your access to natural health products, practices and practitioners, it doesn’t matter if you don’t think people should consume dairy or if you think raw milk is unsafe. No-one is stopping you from accessing regulated commercial products and compounds with known dangers. No-one should be stopping you from choosing the food you want to consume. Even international raw and superfood guru David Wolfe posted a video in support of the effort.

This event is not about a difference of opinion in food ideologies but about the overarching principle of personal choice.

My Farm My Food is an inclusive philosophy.

The Declaration of Food Rights will be unveiled in a unique way with room for your signature beside many local chefs, natural health professionals, food rights activists and consumers who want to connect with farmers to procure the products they want.

Join us to send a message that, as informed, competent people, you will not be intimidated or silenced into having anyone but YOU decide for yourself. Help represent this movement, and your inherent right, in a powerful way.

This event tells bureaucrats to stay away from our private property, out of our gardens and out of our kitchens.

Masha is the woman in the image. She is a teacher and one of the many farm owners who has had access to the food of her choice for over a decade. She and others like her, are now in “total non-compliance” to government agencies’ perceived authority, just to get their milk.

Arrive at 1:00 pm and bring signs that read, “My Farm My Food”, “I will choose what I eat, not the government “, “Stop harassing farmers and consumers” or whatever else you’re inspired to write!

The event will take place outside, directly in front of, the Ontario Legislative Building. Come early to find parking! Dress warm and bring a thermos of hot chocolate! Take pictures, post and spread the message to become engaged! Hear Michael Schmidt and the farm owners share their unbelievable story and leave you inspired to act!

Important links with information leading up the event:

Michael Schmidt’s Facebook. All posts are shared with the public. A candid, personal perspective from Michael. 

Recent radio interview with (farm share owner) Phil is a great perspective as to why this co-operative’s success is a cornerstone in the food rights movement.

The Bovine: A comprehensive blog about rights issues around access to raw milk.

Collective Evolution video.

September 29 milk drop inspection video. 3 days before the October 2 farm raid.

Examples of interference under inconsistent regulations and policies:

(Quebec) Petition signed by 29,000 + people saves Canadian couple’s “illegal” front garden. (2012) 

(British Columbia) A couple fights for the right to grow food on their residential property. The couple was ordered to “cease all agricultural activity” after an initial complaint about having manure on the property. (2010) 

(Michigan) Michigan mom charged with misdemeanor for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. (2011) 

(Ontario) Urban bee keeping flourishes in Toronto despite by-law violation. (2012) 

(Alberta) Due to city by-laws Edmonton shepherd David Koch loses his flock after having them on family land for over 20 years. (2015)

(Ontario) A local family faced an order to remove their six chickens after a neighbour filed a complaint. The family’s request to raise backyard chickens for a one-year trial period was denied despite having kept chickens for eggs on the property for two and a half years. (2014) 

(Michigan) Man sentenced to jail for keeping chickens. (2013)

 

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ANH Blog Post: “Say Goodbye to Medical Curcumin!” Nov 11/15

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RECENT POST FROM OUR TRUSTED FRIENDS AT THE ALLIANCE FOR NATURAL HEALTH USA. 

“Naturally the drug industry wishes it could be patented as a drug. That won’t happen, because natural foods generally cannot be patented. FDA to the rescue! The agency has just ruled that curcumin cannot be used in a compounded medication—that is in a medication prepared just for you by a specialized pharmacy. That at least knocks out one source of competition for standard anti-inflammatory drugs. And the agency doesn’t seem to care that those same standard anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to be dangerous. Unfortunately, it isn’t just curcumin that has been banned.”

Read full blog post here: http://tiny.cc/qrjz5x

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Shawn Buckley’s Personal Summary of a Government Evaluation on the Natural Health Products Program Nov 9/15

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THE TREASURY BOARD EVALUATES GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. THEY RECENTLY EVALUATED CANADA’S NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS PROGRAM. SHAWN BUCKLEY WAS CALLED FOR HIS OPINION.

Earlier this year we received an email for Shawn Buckley informing him that “The Public Health Agency of Canada was conducting an evaluation of the Natural Health Products (NHP) Program for the period of 2010 until 2015. He had been identified as “potential key informant”. As you can imagine, this was a call that Shawn was looking forward to having.

The email requested an interview with Shawn, as the representative of a key external stakeholder, NHPPA. The Office of Evaluation provided a discussion guide of the key questions that they wanted to get his opinion on.

Shawn provided a personal summary of his interview for NHPPA members.

A few excerpts:

“If we wanted to increase our access to NHPs, we would have done what the United States did in response to their consumer rebellion. The U.S. classed NHPs as food, deemed them by law to be safe, and mandated that the FDA could not remove one from the market without evidence of harm. Health Canada did the opposite. In Canada NHPs are classed as drugs (not food like in the U.S.), are deemed to be unsafe (opposite of the U.S. deeming them by law to be safe), are deemed to be ineffective, and must be removed from the market unless they succeed in getting a license from Health Canada.”

“Health Canada has taken the position that manufacturers can only repeat the label claim authorized by Health Canada in the licensing process.  Manufacturers who find themselves with truthful information that could literally save lives or lead to a tremendous reduction in suffering if shared, are prohibited from sharing it.”

“I then asked the Committee: if you let the Regulations come into force and we come back in 10 years, how many lives will the NHP Regulations have cost us? That was an unpopular question for which I have been criticized. Unfortunately it is the one question that needs to be answered. It will not be.”

“When we were done the interview they shared that these points were new to them.”

We’re interested to know what you think! If you were asked the questions outlined on the discussion guide what would you share about how the NHPP regulations have affected you or your family? Write to us at info@nhppa.org and let us know. We will collect the responses and create a page of comments provided by NHPPA members.

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“Homeopathic Killer?” Nov 9/15

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CBC: “Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Citing ‘National Interest’ Nov 6/15

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OBAMA’S DECISION GOOD NEWS FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS

To quote David Suzuki’s Facebook post, “This is huge!”

Read the full article here:  http://tinyurl.com/nt5mkrr

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National Observer: “Breaking: Federal Government Unmuzzles Scientists” Nov 6/15

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NEW FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO SPEAK WITH MEDIA!

Throwback to 2013: “A major survey of federal government scientists commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has found that 90% feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media about the work they do and that, faced with a departmental decision that could harm public health, safety or the environment, nearly as many (86%) would face censure or retaliation for doing so. Invitations to participate in the online survey, hosted by Environics Research, were sent to 15,398 PIPSC members – scientists, researchers and engineers – engaged in scientific work in over 40 federal departments and agencies.”

The full Environics Research report can be found here: http://tiny.cc/54pq5x

Read the National Observer article here: http://tinyurl.com/qyaqguc

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CBC Radio As it Happens: “Whistleblower Criticizes Deal Allowing Milk From Hormone Treated Cows Into Canada” Oct 23/15

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TPP DEAL TO ALLOW rBGH TREATED COW’S MILK PRODUCTS IN CANADA?

Dr. Shiv Chopra worked very hard (understatement) to remove bovine growth hormone (rBGH) from the milk supply in Canada. He was interviewed on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” on October 23, 2015 about the concerns with the border opening to diary products from the US that have different regulatory rules concerning hormone treatment and what this means about our food supply in Canada.

Listen to the interview and read a summary here: http://tinyurl.com/qz4ffwb

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Scientific American: “Many Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influence” Oct 22/15

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN MAJORITY OF DRUG TRIAL REPORTS

In this recent article in Scientific American, Roni Jacobson reveals some of the flaws with published drug reports in the pharmaceutical industry, unreported conflicts of interest, manipulation of data and more.

Read the full story here: http://tinyurl.com/qxgtmqz

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