Buying “Raw Milk” is very similar to buying Weed.
In many places, buying and selling and even producing Food…whether Milk Products, or even Veggies, has been effectively Criminalised.
I have yet to see an explanation by our Free Market Fundamentalist friends, on the Right.
I doubt one is forthcoming.
Where such activity is, on paper, Legal, one must still adhere to the Regulatory Structures, put into place by Friends of Corporate Agriculture….and where the Law is surmountable, as in my Lettuce Experience, there are still the “Industry Standards”…of , by and for Corps(e) Ag.
Witness the millions of Dollars worth of “Liability Insurance” that I was required to maintain if I hoped to sell Lettuce.
This is Protecting Monopoly.
And is further proof that the Idea of Hydraulic Despotism is alive and well…and is the fundamental Model for our Corps(e) Economy.
Hydraulic Despotism has been a feature of how we do “Energy”, for a very long time. From Electricity, to Oil, and it’s derivatives, to the marketing term, “Natural Gas”(Methane).
Similarly, in Medicine. One is all but forced to purchase “Health” from a member of the Club.
Banking, the same.
Even retail moves in that direction…Centralisation of the means of production, control of that production, and relegation of the Small Competitor(Adam Smith) to illegality, or at least, regulatory disadvantage. Homogenisation of the Produce of that Production is a related feature.
We are dependent on Giant, Centralised Power for our Subsistence.
Resistance is, increasingly, Marginalised…until it is Outlawed….usually accompanied by the spew of the Great Wurlitzer of Propaganda and Meme-ineering(Ure). The Backyard Farmer becomes the New Terrist….the Enemy of Mankind….as soon as he attempts to sell an Egg.
To “Legally” make enough Ethanol to fuel one’s lawn mower, and car(possible in old carburetor types, to my knowledge), one must jump through regulatory hoops, that have, as their only effect, making such activity economically unfeasible. The Regs negate the Cost Benefit.
One must Compete with Economies of Scale, on Their Playing Field.
To make $$$ selling an Egg…one must maintain an Egg Factory….Not a Backyard Chicken Flock. “Yard Eggs” are “Dangerous”, you see…while the Factory Eggs, are not.
Similarly, if one runs a Café, the tomatoes must be from an “Approved Source”…which equals a Large, “Agribusiness”…
Which we are to believe produces a Safer, Healthier “Product” than the Retiree with a Large Garden.
Purchasing Local Food, then, becomes a Revolutionary Act…an Act of Civil Disobedience. The Black Market that springs up is, also, a Revolutionary Thing.
Fight the Power; Buy Local.