Two undercover investigators with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department allegedly caught two of the couple’s daughters on two occasions selling a gallon of milk each from a Springfield parking lot. Charges followed in municipal court.

Piling on, the state Attorney General’s Office used the health department’s information to file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Armand and Teddi Bechard of Conway.

Wasn’t the health department complaining just the other week about a lack of manpower?

Doesn’t Attorney General Chris Koster have a whole raft of complaints sitting on his desk about tainted lake water?

Why is the government crying so loudly over a little sold milk?

In this kind of case?

Of course we’re being a bit facetious. But, sometimes, absurd situations cry out for a response in-kind. And this raw milk roundup certainly seems ridiculous.

That’s just a snippet of the article featured in the Springfield, MO News Leader Yesterday.

 I love Missouri.

From the moment I started organizing a fight people have been jumping at the chance to support us.!

The Greene Co Health Dept. in Springfield has also gone after another raw milk producer who meets his customers in Spfld. They told him he’s not allowed to bring raw milk into Greene Co. This, of course, is wrong. They don’t have the power to do this.

The Raw Milk Law in MO. states raw milk “can be sold from the farm or delivered to the customer for his or her own use”. It doesn’t say the milk has to be delivered to the customer’s home.

In 1973 the Attorney General issued an opinion of the law that says “It is the opinion of this office that section 4 of House Bill No. 1280 prohibits a dairy farmer from selling raw milk to the general public from a distribution center set up by the dairy farmer and located away from his farm premises.”

The Health Dept. is misinterpreting this to say raw milk can’t be sold away from the farm.

1.  Farmers are not setting up stands and selling milk, they’re meeting regular customers for an exchange

2. The actual milk law says this is perfectly legal

3. The A.G.’s opinion does not = law.

Never fear 417WAPF is here!

I’ve been on the phone with Mo. state Representative Belinda Harris. She raised her children on raw milk, her grandchildren drink raw milk, she still buys raw milk from her neighbor! Rep. Harris and Rep. Sarah Lampe will be addressing the milk board with me on January 12,2010

Meanwhile katie and I are rallying as many people as possible to join us at the meeting.

We held a meeting for area raw milk producers this past Saturday to get everyone organized and up to date. The farmers will all be rallying people now as well. 

We also encouraged them to join The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. I can’t recommend this enough! Pete Kennedy and the staff over there are hard at work on this case!

I’ve been making tons of phone calls and reading lots of science in preparation for the Milk Board Meeting.  Our chapter members, farmers, and raw milk drinkers are preparing as well. Rep. Harris is working on a raw milk bill she plans to introduce next session….. I don’t think they realize what a sleeping giant they’ve stirred.

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