Wednesday, February 16, 2011
No milk for you! Or butter, or cheese...
from Jessica at the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty
We regret to inform you all that as of this moment Rural Vermont’s very popular Raw-Dairy Processing classes have been postponed.
Our dairy classes have been put on hold due to a Notice of Warning from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s alleging that by teaching consumers (or “unlicensed persons” in his words) how to make butter, yogurt, cheese, and other products at home Rural Vermont and our farmer hosts are in violation of Vermont law. The raw dairy processing classes are an important part of Rural Vermont’s campaign to educate consumers on raw milk and to increase exposure for farmers selling raw milk in their community. The warning threatened legal action towards Rural Vermont and our farmers. Rural Vermont does not want to put our farmer members at risk so we are temporarily suspending the classes.
The Agency’s argument centers around its interpretation of the 2009 Raw Milk Law, in which they claim that it is illegal for farmers to knowingly sell raw milk to customers who plan to do anything to their milk besides drink it. Rural Vermont believes this violates the intent of the law and does not agree with the Agency’s interpretation...
Nevertheless, until we have solid understanding of the Agency’s official policy, we have decided to suspend the classes.
Keep in touch with us as we work to bring recognition of farmer and consumer rights around raw dairy. Check our website, www.ruralvermont.org, where we will post updates as soon as we can.
...Damn it! I was just looking at taking this course!
...Government. Not content with emptying our wallets, now it targets our bellies.
Addendum; Remember when the Census workers took a GPS reading of your front door? Whatever could that be used for, you wondered?
Vermont agency of Agri-Cult under the direction of Leahy's toady shuts down raw milk sales with a JDAM at a small farm in Underhill...
...That will teach you mundanes to love the Northeast Dairy Compact!
...Over the top?
Side note...While discussing this issue of holding classes on how to home process dairy for personal consumption, I have a wake up moment. Before my first cuppa even...I guess the worst part of continuing with the classes is the fact we have to consider the presence of a secret policeman over FUCKING MILK.
Tell me again how free I am. East Germany is starting to look VERY enlightened right about now.
Update; When Vermont Agri-Cult attacks...The Complete Patient
Not the only case of Free Speech under assault in Vermont.
Socialists. All about their free speech. Just NOT yours.