There were times today in a Baraboo, WI, courtroom, when I wondered if I was still living in the United States of America.
I've seen the video at least twice now, the one of Wisconsin food inspector Cathy Anderson throwing blue dye into a vat containing hundreds of gallons of Vernon Hershberger's raw milk that fateful second day of June, 2010.
I had assumed that the tension and drama in the Vernon Hershberger raw milk trial would build gradually over the expected five days of the proceedings, culminating in a verdict that would either acquit him or possibly send him to jail for up to two-and-a-half years.
The trial of raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger, due to begin Monday in Baraboo, WI, is becoming not just a big legal and political event, but a big media event as well.
A chapter in my new book on food rights is en
The criminal misdemeanor trial of Vernon Hershberger is a week off, and I find myself wondering...Is there any other country (aside from Canada) in today’s crazy mixed-up world that would devote the resources the U.S. is devoting to punishing a farmer for selling meat, raw milk, and other fresh food to a few dozen friends and neighbors?
For those people expecting the upcoming trial of Vernon Hershberger to provide a jury verdict on the benefits of raw milk, there’s been a glitch.
Maine’s food sovereignty movement took a hit when a state judge ruled earlier this week that farmer Dan Brown must have a license to sell raw milk, despite his town’s ordinance exempting local farmers from state food regulations.
When I first heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, I assumed it was likely a case of domestic terrorism.