Mennonite selling unpasteurized milk – “the Rosa Parks of the farmers’ rights movement”

February 3rd, 2011

From The Daily via Boing Boing:

In today’s edition of The Daily, Jordan Heller writes about the Amish and Mennonite dairy farmers who smuggle unpasteurized milk into New York to serve a market of raw milk devotees

Isaac has yet to be raided by the authorities, but Mark Nolt, a Mennonite dairy farmer from Cumberland County, is all too familiar with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s enforcement of the law.

Nolt’s farm was raided three times in 2007 and 2008. On one occasion, state troopers took him away in handcuffs.

“They even took my cheese-making equipment,” Nolt said over the phone. He puts his losses at $100,000.

Many in the raw milk community believe law enforcement picks on the Amish and Mennonites because they don’t expect resistance. But when Nolt was taken to magistrate court, he refused to enter a plea because, he said, the court had no business in his dealings. He has similarly refused to pay his fines — $4,000 and counting.

Nolt’s resistance, which has been well-documented, has earned him a rather grand moniker: “the Rosa Parks of the farmers’ rights movement.”

The Court has no business in his dealings, eh? Hrm….

H/T Walter Olson