Last Thursday while delivering milk to our usual drop-off site, my husband was confronted with a public health official from the Christian County Health Department attempting to serve him with papers telling him that the Health Dept will not allow him to bring milk into the County unless he delivers it to each individual person's home. What is the difference between delivering to a person's home, or having people come to one convenient location? The result is the same. The people who are ordering the milk have requested that we bring it to them. The law in no way states any restrictions on where that should be.
The only other alternative acceptable to the Health Dept is for all of the people who live in Christian County to drive to our farm, one hour away, in Lawrence County to pick up their milk and drive back. That makes good environmental sense. This is all about control of our private decisions. This kind of meddling in private contracts, and private food choices, must stop.
We know all of their arguments, and how they are guided by their and others' interpretation of the law. The law is quite clear, while they state it is ambiguous (to everyone but the AG, of course).
Why should you come to this rally? Because your favorite food will be next. What is next after milk? Could be anything OR everything. That sounds outlandish, but that is exactly where this path leads. Please don't let that happen. This is much bigger than just a farmer's livelihood. "They came for the ___________, but I wasn't a ____________, so I did nothing. Then they came for the ____________, but I wasn't a ____________, so I did nothing. Then they came for me, but there wasn't anyone left to help me."
The press release is below. Get everyone you can to come show these unelected bureaucrats that our food choices, and where we obtain them, are our business. Signs, raw milk and cameras/video recorders would be good things to bring along as well.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2012
In response to food tyranny in the form of a demand to stop delivering farm fresh milk by family farmers to Christian County, a rally and milk delivery will be held at the Christian County Health Department on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The address is 301 E. Brick St. in Ozark, Missouri, which is 1 block north and east of the County Courthouse.
It is going to be held to demonstrate that the State has no business interfering in the right to choose (our food), and with private contract arrangements. Keynote speaker will be Doreen Hannes, the premier food freedom advocate in the State of Missouri. Ms. Hannes is well known for her work exposing the National Animal ID System as well as other encroachments by government on our freedoms.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/FoodFreedomforMissouri or call Eric Vimont at 417-366-0999.