Raw milk proponents converged outside the Vernon County Courthouse to show their support for one of their own, a distributor and seller of raw milk. Supporters say that raw milk has salutatory benefits that should not be dismissed. In addition, they say the issue is really about the rights of the individual to choose his or her own food.
From the LaCrosse Tribune:
VIROQUA – A toast of unpasteurized milk kicked off a rally Monday to legalize the sale of raw dairy products.
About 100 people gathered outside the Vernon County Courthouse in support of Max Kane Farley, who goes by Max Kane, who was challenging in court the state’s efforts to get information about his distribution or sale of unpasteurized dairy products through a Chicago-based private club.
People held signs and cheered as several speakers defended raw milk.
“It’s about our right to control and choose the food we want,” David Gumpert, Massachusetts author of “The Raw Milk Revolution,” said at the rally, which had the theme of “Real Food for Real People.”
Wisconsin law requires that all milk sold to the public be Class A pasteurized by a state-licensed handler.
A bill to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk is making its way through the state Legislature.
“We have a broken food chain,” said Mark McAfee of California-based Organic Pastures. “We’ve got consumers starving and malnourished, and we’ve got farmers that are bankrupt and desperate. … The middle of the food chain is taking it all.”
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