I dislike bullies. I dislike them even more when it’s the government doing the bullying.
Short version: Ontario farmers may well be the most heavily legislated in the country – perhaps even North America. Our government crawls up their asses about everything. It’s fucking obscene. Mom & Pop can’t sell home-made pies anymore. Dairy farmers aren’t allowed to make cheese. So a farmer named Schmidt finds a loophole in the milk laws: farmers can’t sell raw milk to other people, but a farmer can drink raw milk that his cow produces. The solution? Have people buy shares in Bessie.
Thing is, some bureaucrat really hates that a little dairy farmer is getting by with his sales of organic raw milk. So they had the cops raid his farm. It’s not the first time, either. This guy’s been targeted by the law a number of times in the last ten years – treated like he’s got a crack lab in the barn.
There’s a lot of room for debate about the benefits of raw milk vs. pasturized, and each side has its points. But this kind of government thuggery is insane – doubly so when you consider that the government (both federal and provincial) waste a huge amount of time trying to figure out how to keep farms from going under and losing the rural way of life. Here’s a clue: QUIT FUCKING LEGISLATING THEM TO DEATH.