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Farmer set for trial in Minnesota raw milk case

Posted: May 11, 2012 |   Comments

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A Minnesota farmer who distributes
raw milk is due to stand trial next week for food code violations in a
case that pits the government's efforts to ensure a safe food supply
against consumers' rights to choose what they drink and eat. Alvin
Schlangen, 54, is an organic egg farmer in Freeport, about 75 miles
northwest of Minneapolis. He doesn't produce milk himself but operates a
private club called Freedom Farms Co-op with roughly 130 members who
buy various farm products including raw milk. Schlangen picks up milk
products from an Amish farm and delivers them to consumers, mainly in
the Twin Cities. Schlangen, who faces criminal charges in two
counties, is set for trial Monday in Hennepin County District Court. His
supporters have planned a rally for Monday at the courthouse in

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