Things are heating up in Baraboo, Wisconsin as a long awaited food rights trial approaches.
Raw milk drinkers are outraged that Wisconsin DATCP is bringing criminal charges against a farmer who serves a private buying club. Do citizens have a right to contract with a producer and grow food to their own standards? That is what is at stake in this case. – Kimberly Hartke, Publicist Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Customers and Other Supporters to Attend Court with Farmer
Food rights activists from around North America will meet at the Sauk County Courthouse in this tiny town on May 20 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, whose trial begins that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land this husband and father in county jail for up to 30 months with fines of over $10,000…
DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly rejects this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations.
There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers — this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.
- Farmer Faces Over 2 Years Jail, $10K Fines for Feeding Community (thedailysheeple.com)
- Wisconsin Farmer Faces Jail for Selling Unadulterated Milk (foodfreedomgroup.com)
- Case against raw milk farmer continues (wiscnews.com)
- Food activists plan events during dairy farmer’s trial (wiscnews.com)
- Defiant Milk Man Goes to Trial (foodriotradio.com)
- Wisconsin Farmer on Trial for Wholesome Food (planet.infowars.com)
- Trial of Raw Milk Farmer in Wisconsin Seen as Pivotal Case for Food Rights (healthimpactnews.com)
- Wisconsin raw milk farmer Vernon Herschberger back in court May 20th (thebovine.wordpress.com)