'What country is this?' Big government sends in agents to target Amish farmer over raw milk

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In Pennsylvania, a notable legal battle involving an Amish farmer named Amos Miller has captured widespread attention after his farm was subjected to a police raid for the unauthorized sale of raw milk. This incident escalated to a courtroom decision that now sets limits on Miller's future sales activities.

Central to this narrative is the judgment, passed by Judge Thomas Sponaugle, which specifically bars Miller from selling his raw milk to the public while allowing sales to his immediate family. Additionally, the ruling grants the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture the authority to conduct inspections on Miller's farm to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory standards.

This case touches on the broader issue of raw milk sales in the United States, where 23 states outright ban the retail of raw milk, and Pennsylvania mandates a specific license for its sale. The regulatory concern stems from the potential health risks associated with consuming raw milk, such as the potential presence of harmful pathogens like E. coli.

The enforcement action against Miller and the subsequent court ruling has sparked a variety of responses. Public figures, including Rep. Thomas Massie and Donald Trump Jr., have publicly criticized the government's approach, viewing it as overly aggressive and indicative of a broader issue of governmental overreach into the agricultural sector. Trump Jr., in particular, used his platform on social media to question the priorities of law enforcement, suggesting that their resources might be better allocated elsewhere.

Despite the criticism, there are voices within the community and government that support the necessity of regulatory oversight for food safety. State Rep. Dave Zimmerman, representing a perspective that aligns with regulatory compliance, argued that adherence to food safety regulations is essential for all farmers, not just Miller, to ensure the health and safety of the public.

Zimmerman's stance underscores the belief that these regulations exist not to hinder small farmers but to protect consumers from potential health hazards.

The controversy surrounding Miller's case is emblematic of the ongoing debate between the need for regulatory oversight in the food industry and the support for small-scale farming operations. It raises questions about how best to balance public health concerns with the rights of farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers.

As the legal proceedings against Miller conclude, the outcome has broader implications for the raw milk market and small-scale agriculture in Pennsylvania and beyond. The case has highlighted the complexities of food regulation, the challenges faced by small farmers in navigating these regulations, and the diverse opinions on the role of government in regulating the food supply.

The legal battle faced by Amos Miller sheds light on the intricate balance between food safety, regulatory compliance, and the support of small-scale farming. It serves as a focal point for ongoing discussions about agricultural practices, food safety, and the extent of regulatory oversight in the United States, emphasizing the need for a dialogue that considers both the health and safety of the public and the viability of small-scale farming operations.
 
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Deana

This is called "Power and Control " over the citizen's of the USA, and needs to be stopped...Google "The Cloward Piven Strategy "... Written in the 1960s and is still being used today in the Democratic party....They are coming after everyone.

Deana

This is called "Power and Control " over the citizen's of the USA, and needs to be stopped...Google "The Cloward Piven Strategy "... Written in the 1960s and is still being used today in the Democratic party....They are coming after everyone.

Deana

This is called "Power and Control " over the citizen's of the USA, and needs to be stopped...Google "The Cloward Piven Strategy "... Written in the 1960s and is still being used today in the Democratic party....They are coming after everyone.

Charlie

No law against him giving it away. Tell the judge and his goofy followers to go pound sand.

Merlin

This is a stupid law. I grew up on a small dairy farm and drank a lot of milk. I had raw milk nearly every day as did all my neighbors. We never had a problem. I believe any problems that were there, were because of poor storage after it left the farm. This is not about safety it is about control of people and catering to special interests which are the large dairy processers like Land o Lakes and others.

Carlton

No milk. No steak . No chicken. No coal. No oil . No gas .

DS

BIG GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER... that is NOT FREEDOM... VOTE FOR TRUMP or LOSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE WORKED HARD FOR !

Sally

One more nail in the coffin of sustainable agriculture. The FDA allows all kinds of poisons (pesticides, GMOs, chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, etc.) in our food, but a natural product? Heaven forbid!

Sally

This farmer could continue his business by bartering instead of using hard currency. The Amish are good at swapping goods and services - always have been. The rest of us could gain much by their lessons on how to live.

Donald

This country was founded upon raw milk. This country fed raw milk to every generation that succeeded the Founding Fathers, Mothers, and Children. Right up until Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization for beer, wine, eggs, and MILK on April 20, 1862. However, that did not stop American dairy farmers from selling raw milk on site well into the 20th Century. 🎵 IF IT WAS GOOD FOR PAUL AND SILAS, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. 🎶

Steven

If the government were truly concerned about the public health, they would not be allowing millions of illegals to cross our borders unvaccinated. The US has spent decades eliminating diseases such as smallpox and polio through mandatory vaccination. Now they are being flow directly into the US bypassing Customs and released into the US population.

Unk

Can see both sides of this issue. Certainly there should be equal application of the law. Just because the person is Amish doesn't mean they should not have to abide by laws established for all other persons. I think Lemonade stands, however, are ridiculous. I do think burrito/tamales sold in parking lots should be monitored also. There should be a different process that is more easily accessible to small businesses for this. The nightmare of complexities and tax laws make sales unprofitable for most because they can't afford high dollar attorneys to set things up for them. That is not equal access to engaging in commerce. I think the complexities are encouraged to discourage competition to big businesses.

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