Thursday, October 6, 2011

Judge Rules "No Fundamental Right to Produce and Consume Food"

Food Freedom at Risk under
Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler

The following are accurate quotes from Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler:

“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;”


“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;”


“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice…”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Now, some may say that this is being taken out of context.  The main issue being discussed was one of being able to consume raw milk... that is unpasteurized milk.  To be honest, I can see both sides of the argument when it comes to raw milk.  There appears to be some real health benefits, and there appears to be some real health risks.  My personal opinion is that, at a minimum, if a person wants to consume milk from their own cow, they they certainly should be able to do so.  But I am getting beside the point.

Regardless of your own ideas on consuming raw milk, the comments from this judge surpass the issues of raw milk.  In reality, they surpass even common sense.  We don't have the right to even produce our own food?  I can't think of how any of the most oppressive governments in history did not even allow their most impoverished citizens to grow a small garden.  Heck, even many prisoners of war were allowed to do this.

Here, we have a judge in a large agricultural state making statements like this.  If I didn't actually see the Dane County Circuit Court papers (you can read them here if you wish), then I wouldn't have believed it myself.

I try to steer clear of political topics here on TCP, but I need to share this.  I highly recommend you share this story as well.  People need to read about the asinine actions of this judge.  If you live under his jurisdiction, then you need to vote him out the first chance you get.

Here are some links to articles all reporting on this ridiculous ruling:

http://www.thecompletepatient.com/journal/2011/9/15/wi-judge-to-zinniker-ftcldf-no-fundamental-right-to-own-a-co.html

http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/222456/20110930/wi-judge-declares-that-individuals-have-no-fundamental-right-to-own-cows-drink-raw-milk-au-ibtimes-c.htm

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/9199-wis-judge-no-qfundamental-right-to-produce-and-consume-foodsq

http://www.piercecountyherald.com/event/article/id/39759/group/Opinion/

http://nation.foxnews.com/weird-news/2011/10/05/judge-dairy-farmers-can-t-drink-milk-their-cows

http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/judge-wisconsin-rules-citizens-do-not-have-rights-on-what-they-grow-or-eat


A big thank you to TCP blog reader Jessie M. for sending me news of this story.


4 comments:

  1. Asinine doesn't begin to describe this judge. Just debating such a crazy proposition, i.e., do we have the fundamental right to eat what we please shows that our legal system here is broken. It's rapidly transforming from the 'land of the free and home of the brave' to 'land of inequity and home of the slave.'
    We have had local fights in this arena also, such as:
    A local CSA and their satisfied customers getting attacked by local bureaucracy for the same basic concept (i.e., you really don't have the right to eat/drink what you please) (See: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/25/3791617/el-dorado-county-farmers-challenge.html and http://mysistersfarm.com/2011/08/the-never-ending-story-about-raw-milk-raids-and-govt-overreaching/ )
    Just across the state lines in Nevada, this ridiculous scenario erupted. The government food police actions will make you sick (not this lady's food): http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/quail-hollow-farm-dinner.htm
    Then there's the local TruckeeTahoe Food Swap that got shut down for 'code violations' and basically because 'we really don't have the right to swap food as neighbors' (http://www.facebook.com/slowfoodlaketahoe/posts/170847143006220 and the onerous food code they need to follow to be legal at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/documents/fdbrfc.pdf )
    These egregious incidents are happening all over our country! Food security? Heck, we need protection from our own government!
    To end on a positive note, though, I REALLY enjoy this awesome blog you have here! Keep up the great work!
    Beth

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  2. Thank you for the links... we need to stay informed, so we can use our vote to make positive changes.

    And thanks for the kind words, too! :)

    John

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  3. And here's another one: http://www.infowars.com/california-regulators-frame-organic-pastures-and-force-raw-milk-shut-down-over-fabricated-e-coli-scare/

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