After 3 days of trial and 4 plus hours of deliberation, a Hennepin County, Minnesota jury found organic egg farmer Alvin Schlangen not guilty of 3 misdemeanors. Those charges being 1) selling unpasteurized milk, 2) operating without a food license and 3) handling adulterated or misbranded food. http://goo.gl/3I1Eq
In this article, we will discuss:
- The Enlightenment, Natural Law and Liberty;
- Private Property Rights;
- Jury Nullification;
- Common Sense and,
This writer grew up on a dairy farm, so this issue is of particular interest to him. Further, this writer’s father owned and operated a bulk milk route in Wisconsin that brought raw milk from the local dairy farms to the local Dairy Cooperative, now known as Foremost Farms. And, finally this writer has been heavily involved in the Judicial TAR (Transparency, Accountability and Reform) Movement. These experiences provide this writer with a unique perspective to offer his readers.
This issue really comes down to Big Food trying to protect its financial interests from smaller food producers and cooperatives. Through campaign contributions and other consideration, Big Food has been able to machinate restrictive legislation into place and then cause the legal system to expand this legislation beyond its original intent. In so doing, they have “legally” driven out the competition.
It is also in the interest of a tyrant to keep his subjects poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion.... Subjects are also kept poor by payment of taxes.
Aristotle, Politics. C.334-23 BC.
In so doing, Big Food Folks have deprived Milk Producers and Consumers......
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