From the Good Food 4 All blog:
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“It’s illegal to take loaded firearms and prostitutes across state lines! My sister reminded me of these laws as we spoke tonight on the telephone. Yet, on Tuesday November 1st, a group of Moms, known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders will break the law and transport RAW MILK ACROSS STATE LINES, which is illegal.
They’ll start in Pennsylvania and drive to Maryland with containers of raw milk. Their destination is the headquarters of the FDA in Silver Spring, Maryland. Continue reading
Baylen J. Linnikin in The Washington Times:
“Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.
No, this is not a retelling of the lightning U.S. commando attack in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Rather, the target of the raid late last month by U.S. marshals, a state police trooper and inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) was Amish farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa. His so-called “crime” involved nothing more than providing unpasteurized, or raw, dairy milk to eager consumers here in the Washington area. Continue reading
From Health Impact News Daily:
By Pete Kennedy, Esq.
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
“In an unsurprising response to questions submitted to it by a federal judge, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asserted that any commercial transaction involving the transport of raw milk for human consumption across state lines is subject to the agency’s jurisdiction and is illegal. It is now a matter of public record that, in FDA’s view, even individual consumers crossing state lines to purchase raw milk and bringing the milk back to their home state to consume it are violating the law. Continue reading
The author of the “Food in America” blog presents an attempt at a balance view of the raw milk controversy:
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“Ever since I’ve started writing about raw milk, I’ve been trying to find opportunities to speak – on and off the record – with folks on both sides of the issue. Despite my having a pretty broad circle of “foodie” acquaintances, the reality of living in the city and dealing with policy instead of production is that these opportunities have been vastly weighted toward the anti-raw milk camp. What’s more, the raw milk drinkers I encounter in real life tend to be (like myself) food enthusiasts rather than real “experts” or policy-makers. So you can imagine how excited I was at a recent event when I found myself speaking with a group of self-professed raw milk advocates whose backgrounds included extensive work with groups like Slow Food USA and The American Grassfed Association. These were people who have really “walked the walk” when it comes to developing and supporting local and sustainable food systems, and people who have been actively involved in pushing for more relaxed raw milk regulations at both the federal and local levels. Continue reading