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2010-2011 Legislative Session: Raw Milk Bills and Related Legislation – Four down, Eight more to go

2010 and 2011 seem to have been busy times for the attempted expansion of the raw milk industry. For California, Iowa, Wyoming, and as of a few days ago Washington, the march towards unpasteurized milk sales has slowed. However, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin are still in play. (PDF with legislation links).

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Many of the Representatives and Senators have appreciated the facts at Real Raw Milk Facts, as have a few Governors – they really like the Raw Milk Videos.  Politicians do not want to be known for creating more videos, or enlarging my bank account – well, unless they want to ask for a donation.

So, it is four down and eight more to go.

  • A recent flurry of legislative theatrics. Just another paragraph to be written in the modern legal history of raw milk.
    http://www.marlerblog.com/lawyer-oped/a-legal-history-of-raw-milk-in-the-united-states/
    Let’s hope sanity and credible science prevail with legislators responsible for protecting the public health.
    http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com/

  • minkpuppy

    I hope Texas gets it act together. This state’s health department doesn’t have the resources to adequately monitor meat, milk and peanuts as it is. On-farm sales are supposedly limited to certified grade A dairies but I personally know of some folks buying raw milk off of hobby farmers that I’m sure aren’t certified.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Being from Vermont — Vermont’s change looks harmless. It does not mention what they will do with their product afterwards, however. Further, looks like VT does allow raw milk sales directly to public from the farmer. I’m not sure how common of a practice this is. We are a very small state . . .