Has anyone noticed the growth of government lately? Did you ever think you’d be looking over your shoulder just for making personal food choices? You are free to buy cigarettes that the Surgeon General plasters with health warnings on the top 50 percent of both the front and rear panels of each cigarette package. Yes, you are free to choose: Your smokes or your health. But try choosing raw milk over pasteurized. In some states you will go to jail.
Today, we have cause to celebrate because Vernon Hershberger, the Amish dairy farmer recently on trial in Wisconsin for providing raw milk to his community, was acquitted. Kristen Michaelis of Food Renegade states it well: “His acquittal marks a huge step forward in the food rights movement because it upholds private contracts between individuals and counters overbearing government regulations.”
The only way to keep our freedom to choose what immunological weapons we desire is to exercise the right to own and apply them. In the old days, if some caveman bully tried to stop you from eating your woolly mammoth steak, you would have made your sovereign right to survive crystal clear to him. He’d have probably woken up with a large bump on his head. Government needs us to tell them who is in charge of our health. Courageous heroes like Mr. Hershberger exemplify what it takes, and we thank him for that.