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09-16-2015, 03:10 PM
Free markets for local meat, milk

Rep. Thomas Massie
September 16, 2015

In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer. Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid in a 2011Washington Times piece:

“Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

“No, this is not a retelling of the lightning U.S. commando attack in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Rather, the target of the raid late last month by U.S. marshals, a state police trooper and inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was Amish farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pennsylvania. His so-called ‘crime’ involved nothing more than providing unpasteurized, or raw, dairy milk to eager consumers... ”

While the overcriminalization that causes a peaceful Amish farmer to be treated like a dangerous criminal is increasingly common in the U.S., it is particularly outrageous to penalize Americans for their personal food choices. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “government has gone beyond its limits [when it decides] to protect us from ourselves.”