This is excerpted from a Nov. 11 story by Wisconsin dairy farmer Scott Trautman, on the PPJ Gazette:
“….They understand what they do — and they, with purpose and malice misrepresent the Raw Milk situation — while it is in their professional responsibility to understand the situation and make sensible decisions — if it is for the benefit of the whole of Wisconsin, rather than whatever personal agenda they might have.
In this situation — and others like it — most especially as it relates to dairy farmers — it is about the application of unfettered — unobserved — power over good people in order to exterminate their will and desire to survive and grow. Why dairy farmers? Because they can. The bully bullies those they can — not those that can defend themselves.
Food Safety does not like me one tiny bit and has shown every indication that as I speak out and shine the light on them — they will find a way to silence me.
Just this last week: When I was apparent to them I wasn’t going to take their “deal” — it was brought up — how even should I desire to simply ship milk — that getting my Grade A license back was “going to be a problem” — that my parlor was unusual and “just so I knew” — would need to be reinspected and I ought to have a “heads up” that additional work might be needed. This even though the design was approved, my facility inspected now 4 additional times with no complaint.
When asked about that — why — their answer about the inspector — the inspection — “a training issue”. So the inspector has a training issue — and what an interesting conversation that had to be with that inspector — that training issue is going to be a job search issue if he didn’t find a way to continue to harass us. Interesting conversation the Food Safety goons had with this inspector, Food Safety having never seen our facility. How does the conversation go — to find this facility problem — when all inspections were cleared to this point. The question has to be asked — “how do we get this guy — what can you think of that we can hold over this guy — to let him know that continued resistance is going to mean untold pain for him”. There is no other logical, reasonable explanation. Yet given Food Safety’s comfort with lies and manipulation, somehow — like this “training issue” — they will find some way to extract a reason that someone’s going to buy.
Multiply this across the state of Wisconsin. Others — innovators — that would try and better themselves, to find this incredibly obstructive group of people. Think as an entrepreneur does: these people are going to double the cost of my project and leave it in uncertainty. Do I really want to risk that? How much innovation — how many jobs — how much of our dairy future for small farms has been crushed forever by these people, in their power that clearly is not overseen by anyone that really understands? Huge.
Dr. Kenneth Petersen, an assistant administrator with USDA Food Safety — speaking to his responsibility — responsibility — “I have to look at the entire industry, not just what is best for public health”. So what was he talking about? This disgusting ground beef situation — where this terrible situation is created for a probability of large scale food-borne illness, he is looking at the big picture. Including a Wisconsin plant that produces an ammonia treated meat paste found in this disgusting mix.
Yet here we are in Wisconsin — with our Food Safety surely claiming they are looking out for all interest — yet somehow manipulating this situation to leave people believing that Raw Milk is a huge threat. It is their JOB to understand the level of threat — and no objective investigation of raw milk can conclude that there is imminent danger to a massive outbreak. And “the industry” — in this case besieged family dairy farmers struggling to survive — they view this only as a strategic time to attack — to get to the least amount of resistance. Sick is what it is.
Food Safety has manipulated the Zinnicker situation — a tragedy where it is alleged — and for purpose of argument say it even was — the cause of 35 people becoming sick – to leave in your mind — the public — that ALL raw milk is UNSAFE at ALL TIMES.
They go out of their way — irresponsibly — with malice in mind — to NOT address just how many people drink raw milk in Wisconsin on a daily basis. Best estimates are about 2% of the population. Then how much news is this story? Is it the same story as Food Safety’s press release? Hardly. It becomes what it is — their propaganda campaign to eradicate family farmers at a time of incredible vulnerability.
The Zinnicker press release — was sent to every Organic Valley farmer — and every NFO producer — I being a former NFO producer — cancelled supposedly for suspicion of selling raw milk — to spread fear amoungst all their dairy farmers. There could be no other purpose…”
Now here’s Marti Oakley’s take on the Wisconsin raw milk scene, again excerpted from the PPJ Gazette:
“…I have this odd feeling that DATCP actually stands for “Department of Agricultural Terrorists, Corruption and Politics”; but that’s just what I think. I could be totally wrong.
While Wisconsin officials grant themselves unconstitutional powers, violate religious beliefs, and begin the process in earnest of relieving small and independent family farmers not only of their land, but also their right to live on that land un-assaulted by an unelected bureaucracy that has long since exceeded its lawful boundaries, the state legislature and governor turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to those who are under attack. I guess this should be expected; after all it is they who set this monster loose.
It is alleged that during the upcoming meeting with the actual dairy farmers whose livelihoods are being threatened by a rogue government bureaucracy, every attempt will be made to paint them as ex-hippie’s. Commies, Pinko’s. (Stop! I’m so scared!!)
I have no doubt there will be claims of an “unholy alliance” between dairy farmers who are liberals, and those who are conservatives. (Yeah! Bring on the devil..that’ll fixem’)
There will, I’m sure, be references to them being “fringe groups”; dairy farming anarchists! A few fringe loonies who want to distribute the milk to those who don’t have cows and don’t deserve the milk.. (Have I forgotten anything?)…”