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
From David E. Gumpert, on The Complete Patient blog:
Michael Schmidt addresses the crowd at yesterday's rally with the Raw Milk Freedom Riders protesting the ban on interstate transport of raw milk in Chicago. Illinois.
“The Raw Milk Freedom Riders were organized to shift the legal heat of the federal and state war against raw milk from farmers to consumers.
Committing a crime? Max Kane, at Chicago rally, pays “agent” Mary Bercke for raw milk she has just brought from Wisconsin.But events Thursday illustrated how difficult that task is going to be. Whereas the U.S. Food and Drug Administration answered a November 1 demonstration outside its headquarters with a pledge not to interfere with consumers bringing raw milk across state lines for their own personal use, the agency chose to send a different message for this demonstration. Continue reading
Max Kane and Michael Schmidt following the raw milk acquittal in January of 2010. Inset: Michael Schmidt with farmer Vernon Hershberger at his farm in Wisconsin.
Max Kane and Vernon Hershberger have joined the hunger strike.
What a great tribute to the cause of food rights. Two dear friends south of the border called me to tell me that they have joined the hunger strike for Responsible Food Freedom as it relates to our very personal decision what to put in our body. Continue reading
Here’s the latest analysis on the developing situation in Wisconsin with Vernon Hershberger, from David E. Gumpert of the Complete Patient blog, along with pictures from local TV station, Channel 3000.com:
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“Erma Hershberger was explaining to me today’s episode of “Life on an Idyllic Wisconsin Dairy Farm”.
Around 8 a.m., she and her husband, Vernon, were finishing up a late breakfast, when a couple of cop cars and a car with two inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection pulled into the driveway. The sheriff’s deputies surrounded the store and asked three of the couple’s teenage children, who were outside, to open the locked doors. Continue reading
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