It is a sad fact of modern life that seemingly everything is both heavily regulated by the government and politicized. This applies to, yes, even cow’s milk. Witness the case of Wisconsin farmer Vernon Hershberger, who was prosecuted for selling raw milk to willing consumers — in this case friends and neighbors:
The prosecution might have made sense if the consumers were not aware that the milk was not pasteurized but there is no evidence that was the case. In fact, it appears that people bought Hershberger’s product precisely because it was raw. The milk was apparently sold to only 200 people that Hershberger considered “part owners in the farm.”
So, why was the state eager to prosecute Hershberger? As the Journal article notes, it is being lobbied to do so by the “Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition,” an industry lobbying group that doesn’t like competition from raw milk farms and is trying to bully them.
He was found guilty of one count of breaking a holding order issued by the state in June 2010, which barred him from moving any of the food he produced without a license.
He faces as long as a year in jail and $10,000 in fines for the one guilty count; a sentencing date has yet to be announced.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Oh God, the milk police!
We have something similar around here, called the Milk Board. What a bunch of chumps.
They'd all like us to be drinking that synthetic goop they call milk. Not me or my family.
You know how people around here got out of trouble for selling raw milk?
They call it "Body Lotion". Not for consumption written on the label.
Originally posted by CranialSponge
Next thing you know they'll be arresting women for producing their own unregulated and unpasteurized milk...
Originally posted by intrepid
As Tenth mentioned we are having the same problem here. What the state/province is saying is that the product isn't regulated for safety. Uh huh. Don't these people also issue hunting licenses? Is that product regulated? In this case though I see it as the big guys trying to limit competition from the little guy.
Originally posted by bbracken677
Here in Texas there has been a push to make raw milk available to the public. You can, currently, legally purchase raw milk at an approved supplier but it has to be directly from the dairy (thereby limiting access).