The conflict between raw milk farmers and consumers on the one-hand, and DATCP regulators on the other, seems to be intensifying in Wisconsin. Here’s the latest update from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:
“Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin dairyman who last week broke the seals placed on his raw dairy fridges and freezer by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, this afternoon received a visit from two agency inspectors and a few sheriff’s deputies.
The agents requested a look at his store. He told them, no warrant, no look.
His expectation is that the agents will be back Wednesday or another day this week, this time armed with a search warrant. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from the “before it’s news.com” edition of the Max Kane raw milk saga:
Max Kane has been under considerable legal pressure to reveal the names of suppliers and customers involved in his "Belle's Lunchbox" raw milk buying group in Wisonsin.
Max Kane has been charged with nothing. There is no case being prosecuted against him or anyone else for anything, not even for selling or buying raw milk. Yet, he has been ordered by the state of Wisconsin to inform on his friends. They want him to name people who sell or buy raw milk. He has refused, and for that, he’s been under threat of prison. Continue reading
Here’s the good news from Max, along with a video:
WE WON ON 4-19-2010 HEARING!
THE TRIAL COURT’S RULING WAS SUSPENDED! WE ARE NOW GOING TO THE 4TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS!”
See Max Kane’s website for more
10:00 am April 20, 2010 — This just in — a story by Kimberly Hartke: Continue reading
Excerpted from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog;
“Wisconsin’s milk regulators are determined to force dairy buying club owner Max Kane to turn stool pigeon. They’re hauling him into court tomorrow, terming him “an immediate danger to the public,” to convince a judge to force him to identify the dairy farmers who supply his buying club, under threat of jail. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent post about raw milk promoter Max Kane, of “Belle’s Lunchbox” fame, along with a trailer for his latest movie. Text is from Pamela at Rose Creek Farm blog:
Quote: “Kane is also making a film of his journey towards food freedom, and just this weekend he released the trailer. Max filmed his cross country bike ride powered by raw milk, he filmed interviews at the Weston A. Price Conference last fall in Chicago, he filmed the recent public hearing in Wisconsin, and each of his encounters with the judicial system. The film is called Milk Men. This trailer brought tears to my eyes. Continue reading
This just in via Kimberly Hartke:
Belle's Lunchbox raw milk buying club operator Max Kane is in the news again. Peter Thomson photo
“Under Court Order, Max Kane is to be deposed by the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture THIS Thursday, March 18th 2010. Max intends to take the fifth, fourth amendments and exercise his other rights of due process.
Supporters are encouraged to rally at the location and attend the deposition where Max will continue to refuse questioning at: Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent news report on the subject from the Wausau Daily Herald:
Wisconsin is the heart of America's dairyland. Art photo by Joel Meyerowitz
“Some people like their milk ice cold with cookies, others prefer it with chocolate. Some like to buy pasteurized milk from a grocery store, others want fresh, raw milk from a farm. Continue reading
The following is excerpted from Kimberly Hartke’s blog post titled “Max Kane on Schmidt Verdict, Our Constitutional Rights to Our Own Bodies”:
Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt shares a moment with fellow raw milk proponent Max Kane shortly after the "not guilty" verdict was announced. Max came to the court date all the way from Wisconsin where he was involved in court action arising from his raw milk buyers group "Belle's Lunchbox".
“Inside the Michael Schmidt Courtroom
by Max Kane Continue reading
Here’s more from the La Crosse Tribune on the Max Kane case:
California’s Organic Pasture representative Mark McAfee, left, and dairy farmer Scott Trautman drink raw milk from Trautman’s farm on the steps of the Vernon County Courthouse in Viroqua during a rally for the legalization of the sale of raw milk Monday. Photo from LaCrosse Tribune
“VIROQUA – A toast of unpasteurized milk kicked off a rally Monday to legalize the sale of raw dairy products.
About 100 people gathered outside the Vernon County Courthouse in support of Max Kane Farley, who goes by Max Kane, who was challenging in court the state’s efforts to get information about his distribution or sale of unpasteurized dairy products through a Chicago-based private club.
People held signs and cheered as several speakers defended raw milk.
“It’s about our right to control and choose the food we want,” David Gumpert, Massachusetts author of “The Raw Milk Revolution,” said at the rally, which had the theme of “Real Food for Real People.” Continue reading