Continuing raw milk production in the face of regulatory harassment becomes a matter of conscience for farmers

David E. Gumpert’s latest post over on The Complete Patient blog brings to mind Bill Marler’s reference to him as “the pope of raw milk”. The way David spells it out, the heretic farmers of raw milk are like the Jan Hus of religious history, paving the way for a broader “reformation”, in this case of the food industry. Heady stuff, but what’s their alternative? To become enforcers of the decrees of those who would deprive human beings of the food they need in the name of corporate profit, or in short, to join themselves to the ranks of the praetorian class, as ipso facto defenders of the exploitive scams of the .01%?

Farmer Vernon Herschberger a modern day Jan Hus? . Photo via The Complete Patient blog.

“I obtained a text of Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger’s full statement to the judge in criminal court on Friday. It explains more clearly how he realized he erred by signing a bail agreement to discontinue supplying his food club, and where he is headed on his voyage, than the one quote I had in my comment following the previous post. Here it is:

Vernon HershbergerI cannot in good conscience tell the 100+ families who own the food and depend on it to feed their families, that they can no longer get food to feed their families. The Almighty God has spoken and I cannot do otherwise. God’s word in the Bible states in 1 John 3:16-18, quote, “Hereby perceive we the Love of God, because he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the Brethren. But whoso has this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in Word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Your honor, I have spent many sleepless hours since signing the bond due to my conscience being plagued by the thought of shutting up my bowels of compassion to my Brethren who are dependent on the food that is provided by and for them on our farm. To most of them it is not merely a matter of preference but much more a matter of life or death! If the owners of the food cannot eat their own food, aren’t we living in a communist state? If our farm stopped feeding its owners’ families, there will be literally hundreds of children who will suffer malnutrition and even starvation. Your honor, I would much rather spend the rest of my life behind bars or even die than to be found guilty of such a gross sin before the Almighty God. Col 3:6, quote, “For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.”

It seems to me Hershberger came to a realization that his decision to cut the tape placed on his cooler by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in April 2010 was merely the first step of a long journey, and a step that allows for little hesitation, and no compromise….”

Read it all on The Complete Patient blog.

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5 responses to “Continuing raw milk production in the face of regulatory harassment becomes a matter of conscience for farmers

  1. “Moral high ground” is the only way we’re going to win this battle.

    Hats off to Vernon and Michael for taking the high ground!

  2. Alim

    Sounds like this man is smart enough to know that all our laws come from the bible. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is sufficient for them to leave him alone.

  3. Raoul

    Vernon Herschberger: Our prayers are with you !

  4. nedlud

    Herschberger is a hero, in my book. We should all strive to be more like the Amish; by that I mean more self-sufficient and yet inter-dependent locally. Factory manufacture should be at minimum, craftsmanship, artistry and husbandry at a maximum. This is truly the way to operate a planet!

    And yet try telling that to any of the transhumanists, busying themselves with building their Frankenstein monsters and setting these soulless creations loose upon the earth.

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