It was bound to happen. The St. Joe Department of Health stopped at my booth at the Farmers Market and asked if I was selling raw milk. I told her I was not. She said she heard I was. I told her we had an association that owned the cows. She said, "Oh, you are one of THOSE!"
I said we most certainly were NOT one of those, that it wasn't just a sham to go through a loophole in the law, that we were wholly owned and operated by the shareholders. I explained that I did not hold title to the cows, but was just a shareholder like everyone else. I asked her if the person who complained about me had been forced to drink raw milk. She said, "No." I asked, "Then shouldn't she have just minded her own business?" What was she trying to save me and the other shareholders from? Good health, perhaps?
Then she said that I couldn't distribute it at the market anymore. I asked why. She said there was a law against distributing raw milk. I asked her what that law was. She couldn't give me any information about it. I asked her for a copy of the law. That was two or three weeks ago. I am still waiting. Our lawyer has checked on this. There is no such law. This is nothing more than intimidation.
When talking to this official at my booth, I recited my mantra.
Deaths from raw milk - 2
Deaths from radish sprouts - 3
Deaths from spinach - 5
Deaths from pasteurized milk - 620
At that point, I asked her why she wasn't at the local supermarkets trying to stop them from distributing those other "deadly" foods. No answer of course.
Then I pointed out that since 1992, approximately 7,225,000 people have died from cigarette smoke. I asked her why she was bothering me - seemed there were a lot bigger health issues out there.
I will give her credit for this - she said, "I guess I need to do some research." Yes, she certainly does.
It will be interesting to see where this goes.