What better indication do we need that our government is out of control that when hard working farmers – the life-blood of this country – cannot conduct business and meet their customers needs without tremendous anti-business rules and regulations. What I am talking about is government interfering with farmers selling their crops and products to customers that want them.
Here is one example:
On June 2, 2010, representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) conducted a raid at the Vernon Hershberger farm. DATCP agents intentionally destroyed nearly 300 gallons of fresh milk by pouring blue dye into the bulk tank, claiming the milk was “adulterated and misbranded”—even though there was no logical, factual, or scientific basis for this conclusion. The milk was unpasteurized, as is all milk on all farms that is stored in bulk tanks. The agents then placed a holding order on all the fresh, wholesome food in coolers on the property, most of which belonged to members of the Hershberger’s private buying club, and some of which belonged to the Hershberger family.
Mr. Hershberger then faced a serious dilemma: allow the wholesome, perishable food to go to waste while he engaged in lengthy administrative wrangling with DATCP or allow the rightful owners of the property to take it from the coolers. Mr. Hershberger followed his conscience and allowed the owners to retrieve their food. Vernon Hershberger’s religious principles prevented him from standing by, while nutritious food rotted.
As someone who participates in farmer co-ops, and does as much business as possible with local farmers -this is just ridiculous. I realize that there needs to be regulations and policies to protect cpnsumers and to make our food supply safe, but this is ridiculous.