Raw milk consumer wants to wake people up to the tactics that are used repeatedly to eliminate our freedoms, which includes bills that purport to defend those rights while in reality doing the opposite.
September 23, 2013 Madison, WI
SB236/AB287 would require all farmers who wish to sell raw milk to register with DATCP, with no exceptions listed. In other words, a farmer would be breaking this law by selling a gallon of milk to his neighbor without ‘registering’ with the government. While claiming to clear the way for raw milk sales, what this bill really does is sound the death knell for raw milk in Wisconsin.
This bill is deliberately intended to increase the control of unelected bureaucrats over local food distribution and to take away the rights of individuals to privately contract with one another minus government harassment, which is a God-given right that happens to be mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.
As the bill would require farmers to meet the same quality standards as any other milk producer (which can be set or changed at the whim of DATCP), this would essentially disqualify a small private farm from distributing its milk to willing consumers without the consent of state officials, who have long made it clear that they seek to end all sales of raw milk.
Despite the sleight of hand stating raw milk distributors will not need a license, they will still be held to the same standards as license holders, which requires to submitting to the same supervision, testing etc. as corporate milk producers. In other words, they will need to meet all requirements necessary to get a license – they just won’t get a fancy piece of paper.
The bill also requires anyone who wishes to sell raw milk to meet the water standards that corporate dairies are subject to, which sounds reasonable, but it would be a very simple task to institute strict and cost-prohibitive water regulations that would quickly and quietly eliminate all possibility of the small local farm complying.
In effect, what this bill does is put all raw milk distribution under the supervision of DATCP, completely terminating the rights of individuals to sell raw milk to other individuals without official oversight. Which is exactly what Big Dairy has been after all along, and exactly what raw milk supporters should fear most.
Copyright 2013 Janice Henreckson, FoodFreedomUSA.org, all rights reserved