Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Food police in MN and CA — more opportunities for citizens to resist?

From David E. Gumpert, on The Complete Patient blog:

Alvin Schlangen, speaking with Liz Reitzig, hopes his supporters are taking his t-shirt message to heart. Photo via The Complete Patient blog.

“”We will not comply!”

That was the rallying cry from Raw Milk Freedom Riders leader Liz Reitzig and 200 participants at the Minneapolis demonstration Monday in support of Alvin Schlangen.

That was also the message when I visited the home of one of the moms targeted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for warnings of possible criminal action for allowing the home to be used as a drop site for farmer Michael Hartmann. The talk there was of anticipating possible actions by the MDA, and making sure, whatever the agency comes up with, not to comply. (You can be sure the agency has its lawyers and police advisers hard at work at figuring out options for trying to force compliance.) Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt reports from the road to justice, with raw milk freedom riders

From raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:

No words can describe this better than this little girl at the raw milk rally (in Minneapolis on Monday of this week) — Pboto by Jennifer Lindahl

I am honored to have been part in all three Freedom Riders events, in Maryland at the FDA headquarters, in Wisconsin at Vernon Hershberger’s trial and in Minneapolis at the jury trial of Alvin Schlangen (which got postponed due to overload of the courts till next week).

In the meantime several significant developments have been taking place across this continent. Amongst them at Organic Pastures in California which had to face several recalls in the last 6 months combined with severe criticism for it’s handling of the situation.  Continue reading

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