I am typically quite pragmatic about matters, spending time playing devil’s advocate to many issues… and there are many not-so-bright individuals waving the flag of freedom and screaming “get off my back” while at no time presenting a rational argument for the pros of raw milk. Instead, they come off as the radical fringe that only further pushes raw milk into the category of “wackos and fringe culture”. Like the individual in the Twin Cities recently peddling raw milk “on the street corner”… people got sick. A number of them in the hospital. It’s this sort of dumb behavior that sets back any rational hopes for the future of raw milk for consumer products.
I attended a raw milk conference a couple of years back to see what it was all about… and for the life of me, the crowd seemed totally unable to muster the science, the facts and the political capital, organizational oomph and cool-headed professionalism to make their case.
It has direct impact on artisan and farmstead cheese. All it takes is one local authority to throw out a farm’s entire season of raw milk cheese and it is game over for that operation. And it also takes one cheesemaker to ignore cleanliness and managing the clock to make a nasty wheel.
Vernon Hershberger is not one of those wackos.
And it’s about time that somebody somewhere stood up to the almost witch hunt-like approach that some federal and state and local jurisdictions have been manifesting towards raw milk. Congrats to the Wisconsin jury for making the right choice.
Excerpt: “A Wisconsin jury’s acquittal of a farmer charged by state regulators for supplying raw milk to customers without government supervision should send a message to regulators nationwide, contends the legal defense organization that backed the farmer.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund said the weekend verdict in favor of Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger “should be a major step in increasing the freedom of people around the country to be able to obtain the foods of their choice from the course of their choice regardless of whether that source has a license from the state.”
Hershberger was charged with running a farm store, a dairy and and a dairy plant facility without state licenses.”