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.)

At the rally in Minnesota on Monday. Michael Schmdt photo.

And it was the message some of Organic Pastures’ customers have been giving to overly aggressive public health inspectors after the inspectors have telephoned customers seeking to confiscate milk subject to recall. Mark McAfee describes some of the troubling follow-up activity by public health inspectors with his customers.

It is a message that more and more Americans will need to become familiar with if they are going to protect their right to decide which foods do and don’t go into their bodies. It is a right the government and its corporate backers are moving ever more aggressively to take from us. And each time they don’t encounter serious resistance, they make sure to push harder the next time to expand their message of intimidation.

In Minnesota, the MDA a couple years back singled out one individual for serving as a drop point for farm products. Now, having judged the resistance to that operation to have been minimal, the MDA is going after nine or ten individuals….”

Read more on The Complete Patient blog.

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