Vernon Hershberger Case Puts Food Freedom on Trial
Originally posted at hartkeisonline.com
Consumers’ Right to Opt Out of Conventional Food Supply is at Risk
By Kimberly Hartke
Wisconsin, the state of cheeseheads and dairy farms, is putting raw milk on trial. Rather, putting private buying clubs for raw milk on trial. Dairyman Vernon Hershberger is a symbol of food rights and freedoms for all U.S. citizens. Vernon, through private contractual arrangement with 200 educated consumers in his community, has built a solid business model that sustainably supports his large family.
In a day and age where we have way too many people living off government largess, we have to ask ourselves, is it not the over-regulation of even private commerce that is hindering families from supporting themselves?
For consumers who obtain raw milk through private contract, this case is very significant. If the state of Wisconsin succeeds in making this father a criminal for his private concern, some raw milk activists believe the precedent could be used to hinder such dealings elsewhere. Cowshares, goat shares, Community Supported Agriculture, even sharing produce from your backyard garden could fall under scrutiny or be prohibited.