Lawmakers Introduce Farm Bill Amendment to Prohibit Federal Government Interference in Raw Milk Sales

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by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill designed to make it easier for consumers to access raw milk.

As part of the ongoing debate of the so called “Farm Bill,” three representatives have introduced an amendment to prohibit the federal government from intervening in state laws which allow for the sale of raw milk. The House Rules Committee will debate a number of amendments on Tuesday and Wednesday before a potential floor vote later this week.

On Tuesday the panel held a discussion with House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway and ranking member Collin C. Peterson on the five-year farm bill, which deals with policy for nutrition, conservation, organic standards, crop insurance and other programs. The current version of the farm bill expires on September 30. Rollcall reports that the Rules Committee will be looking at more than 100 amendments on Wednesday.

One of those amendments pertains to the distribution of unpasteurized, or raw, milk across state lines. Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced an amendment which “prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products between States that allow the distribution of unpasteurized milk or milk products for direct human consumption.”

Thomas Massie warned that the federal government might put people in prison for transporting unpasteurized milk across state lines. “If it’s legal to sell raw milk in two different states, why would the federal government put you in prison for taking milk between those two states?!,” Massie tweeted. “I have an amendment to the farm bill to fix this injustice… #pasteurizationwithoutrepresentation”

Massie has been fighting for the freedom to transport and sell raw milk since at least 2014. At that time Massie was one of 18 lawmakers participating in a bipartisan coalition who introduced two bills aimed at giving farmers the freedom to transport milk. They introduced legislation to improve consumer food choices and to protect local farmers from federal interference. “Our bills would make it easier for families to buy wholesome milk directly from farmers by reversing the criminalization of dairy farmers who offer raw milk,” Massie said in a statement. “The federal government should not punish farmers for providing customers the foods they want, and states should be free to set their own laws regulating food safety.”

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