“What is the mark of a vibrant movement?
For the food rights movement in 2011, at least, it seems to be the frequency of major disruptions, or what I would call “shock events.” These include court decisions, government enforcement actions, and internal organizational moves.
Over the last year, we had any number of all of these.
On the legal side, there were major initial losses in Missouri, from Morningland Dairy, and Wisconsin. But they aren’t over till they are over, and the cases are all on appeal. (Appeals were just filed in the last few weeks on the Wisconsin cases involving Wayne Craig and Mark Zinniker.)
Enforcement Actions. I’d say the most ominous event was the raid against Rawesome Food Club because the enforcers for the first time showed a willingness to press for felony charges against three involved individuals. A close second was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s undercover investigation of Pennsylvania farmer Daniel Allgyer. This one showed the willingness of federal enforcers to snoop around private homes to intimidate them on their food choices. There was also the federal grand jury investigation of David Hochstetler, and Richard Hebron, in Indiana and Michigan…along with state actions against Vernon Hershberger in Wisconsin and Brigitte Ruthman in Massachusetts.
Civil disobedience. The big event was Michael Schmidt’s 37-day hunger strike stretching out over late September and October. He finally succeeded in gaining an audience with Ontario’s premier. Another big event was the formation of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, and the organization of two “rides” by moms risking arrest to bring raw milk across state lines, followed up by protest demonstrations….”
Read it all on The Complete Patient blog.