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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Food Choice on Trial in Wisconsin!

FYI - From Liz Reitzig/The Liberty Crier.


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Food Choice on Trial in WI

May 1, 2013

Liz Reitzig
By | Liz Reitzig is co-founder of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition and organization dedicated to helping farmers facing prosecution and working to reverse laws that criminalize peaceful farmers for feeding their communities. Liz has spent the past 6 years working on the state and national levels representing small farms and consumers at the state legislature and in the halls of Congress lobbying for greater food and farming freedoms.

Opinions from Liberty Crier contributors and members are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Liberty Crier.

Now that a Wisconsin judge has rejected raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger’s religious freedom arguments to justify having a witness testify on his behalf, his trial looks likely to go forward as scheduled beginning May 20.

As proceedings draw closer, we will no doubt hear much from the local media that this is a case about food and dairy licensing, and Hershberger’s refusal to obtain essential licenses. Hershberger is accused of four criminal misdemeanors–failing to have a retail food establishment license, operating a dairy farm as a milk producer without a license, and operating a dairy plant without a license (though Wisconsin issues no licenses for raw milk producers).

The fourth accusation is that Hershberger violated a holding order from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in June 2010, when he cut the agency tape shuttering his farm store, and resumed serving his food club members.

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