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?
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a food writer I have long admired--Tom Philpott, who produces the great Mother Jones food blog.
A year ago I summarized the key themes for 2011 as "rising shock events" and "rising stress levels," thanks to highly public raids on food clubs and farms.
Okay class, pay attention.
Today's subject of discussion: academic freedom.
Enough with the groans, everyone. I know it's not the sexiest topic when it comes to food issues, but you may change your attitude when you hear the story I'm about to tell you.
One of the most incisive scientific assessments on all that European research on raw milk of the last few years has just appeared, of all places, on a web site backed by the conventional dairy industry and academe.
The latest tactic in impeding raw milk distribution--harassing farmers using drop sites--seems to be spreading from Minnesota to Missouri.