Organic farming rights: It’s a matter of choice

About a block away from me, there once was a lady goat farmer whose name was Edith Erthanberg. But her only source of income had come from the sales of unpasteurized goats’ milk.

I remember, when I was 10 years old, how I had loved to feed and pet her goats. Also, my mother was one of her few customers. But I never did get sick from drinking that rich (unseparated) and creamy milk.

But just lately, it was reported in The Rock River Times that there’s a Mennonite cow farmer who is having legal troubles with the Wisconsin state authorities because there’s a new law that now prohibits the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk, and Mr. Jerome Hershberger’s organic foods.

But isn’t this supposed to be a free country with liberty and justice for all? Yes, of course! And Mr. Hershberger’s old-fashioned (religious) farming methods are now in jeopardy!

He was advised that he needs a lawyer, but he has refused to change because he would rather put his faith in God than to trust a court-appointed public defender.

Philip J. Wilson

From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue

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