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Wisconsin Aims to Jail Amish Farmer

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger provides raw milk to members of a private buying club; he was charged with four criminal misdemeanors and acquitted of three of them
  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a motion to revoke Hershberger’s bail and instead send him to jail; fortunately he was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and avoided jail time
  • Regulators claim they are trying to protect public health, but properly produced raw milk is a safe, healthful food
  • The fight over raw milk stands as a symbol of the much larger fight for food freedom. Who gets to decide what you eat? You? Or your state and federal regulators?

By Dr. Mercola

As Americans increasingly seek access to healthful, fresh-from-the-farm foods like raw milk, private buying agreements like herdshares are becoming more popular. A herdshare is a private agreement between a farmer and an individual in which the farmer is paid to take care of an animal, a cow for example that belongs to one or more people.


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