Exciting news! The first ever Congressional debate and vote on raw milk happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
Unfortunately, Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Ky)’s amendment to the Farm Bill, intended to overturn a 1987 ban on interstate sales of raw milk, was defeated.
So what’s next? We push the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to exempt raw milk farmers from regulatory enforcement if they provided a clear warning label and instructions for milk pasteurization.
TAKE ACTION: If your member of Congress voted against Massie’s amendment to allow interstate sales of unpasteurized milk, send him or her a letter that provides more information on why consumers should have the freedom to buy raw milk.
If your Member of Congress voted to respect your right to drink raw milk, send him or her a letter to say “thank you, now please take the next step.”
Here’s how it works. Enter your address on this page. If your Rep voted against raw milk sales, a letter will appear that you can modify or just sign, explaining why, as a consumer, you support interstate sales of raw milk.
If your Rep voted to allow raw milk sales, you’ll get a letter you can send thanking him or her for voting yes, and asking that he or she continue the campaign for food freedom by signing a letter to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in support of the Citizens Petition for interstate sales of raw milk.
In 2017, the Real Food Consumer Coalition filed a citizen petition with the FDA in support of exempting raw milk farmers from regulatory enforcement if they provided a clear warning label and instructions for milk pasteurization. The FDA to this date has failed to complete the requested review.
Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are circulating a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that encourages the agency to use enforcement discretion before the agency prosecutes farmers and consumers for the interstate transportation and sale of raw milk. The letter clearly expresses how Americans should have the freedom of choice to drink raw milk.
This Congressional attention will hopefully expedite the FDA's attention to the issue and urge the agency into a favorable ruling on the petition.
Raw milk has many benefits. If you think consumers should have access to raw milk, and farmers shouldn’t be criminalized for selling it, please take action today.