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Raw Milk Could Become Available Under Proposed Legislation
BenSwann.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Joshua Cook

Posted on 03/28/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Congressman Thomas Massie (Republican–KY), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat –ME) and a bipartisan coalition of 18 other lawmakers have introduced legislation to improve consumer food choices, including access to raw milk, and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills – the Milk Freedom of Act of 2014 and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 – are the first in Massie’s series of “food freedom” bills he plans to introduce.

Massie has a unique perspective: “As a producer of grass-fed beef, I am familiar with some of the difficulties small farmers face when marketing fresh food directly to consumers. 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,” said Massie. “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.”

Although Congress has never passed legislation banning raw milk, the federal Food and Drug Administration has used their regulatory authority to prosecute farmers for selling raw milk. Raw milk is fresh milk that has not been pasteurized and contain beneficial nutrients that have not been eliminated by the pasteurization process.

The Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would provide relief to local farmers, small producers and others who have been harassed, fined and in some cases even prosecuted for the “crime” of distributing unpasteurized milk. This bill would prohibit the federal government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products.

Likewise, the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would prevent the federal government from interfering with trade of unpasteurized, natural milk or milk products between states where distribution or sale of such products is already legal.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: chelliepingree; nannystate; rawmilk; thomasmassie

1 posted on 03/28/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 03/28/2014 7:31:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It was foolish to ban the stuff in the first place.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 7:33:05 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
the federal Food and Drug Administration has used their regulatory authority to prosecute farmers for selling raw milk

it is about time to kill a cow

4 posted on 03/28/2014 7:33:20 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Some people have forgotten the diseases that were spread by unpasteurized milk.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 7:38:39 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My cousins and I spent our summers on my grandfathers dairy farm. We all drank raw milk, drank water from the farm well and didn’t hesitate taking a drink out of the local spring fed streams. And we all somehow survived.

I am 67 years old and have never had a debilitating disease other than old age.

I attribute my relative old age, without significant illness to my exposures to all the nasties that come with raw milk, unfiltered well water and refreshing sips of cold, cold natural spring water.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 7:46:40 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: iowamark
Some people have forgotten the diseases that were spread by unpasteurized milk.

True, but people should be allowed to make their own choices and the FDA should not be prosecuting farmers for it, especially when it is legal under state law.

They spend a lot of time and money persecuting small producers while all the serious cases of widespread food borne illness comes from big producers.

The USDA meat inspection progam is the number one roadblock in small producers being able to market locally raised meats sucessfully.

7 posted on 03/28/2014 7:48:28 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 03/28/2014 7:51:17 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s about freaking time!
Who gets to say what kind of milk you get to drink?
This is still America..isn’t it?


9 posted on 03/28/2014 7:55:33 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I will confess that raw milk is delicious, a delicacy, and after you taste it, pasteurized and homogenized milk tastes like chalky water.

But this sets up an interesting contest. In such bureaucracies, there are a goodly number of bacteriophobes, convinced beyond any doubt that all bacteria are evil and should never be allowed in anything at all. That food should be “dead” and sterile.

In Europe, such bureaucrats are so out of control that they demanded that German beer be pasteurized, as well as cheese like Brie, Camembert, and the various blue cheeses. Which of course are abhorrent suggestions. But they don’t care.

On the other side of the argument are people who are willing to take the risk of getting milk borne diseases.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that of 239 hospitalizations caused by tainted dairy products from 1993 through 2006, 202 involved raw milk or raw-milk cheese.”

So there is a risk. The CDC notes that children are most susceptible to such harm, with 82% of the cases, many requiring hospitalization, so if you do consume raw milk, it is best to think of it as an adult beverage.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 8:17:24 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I never drink milk to begin with, so no problem. Humans are one of the few creatures aside from cats who drink milk after they have been weaned.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 8:21:56 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It would be nice to be able to drink some milk that doesn’t have a bunch of sugar added to it.

You’d think that the liberals would be all for this. If it passes, with obama veto it and stick to his base?


12 posted on 03/28/2014 8:47:13 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Raw milk, labeled as such should be legal. Drink at your own risk


13 posted on 03/28/2014 9:47:31 PM PDT by Figment
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To: iowamark

“Some people have forgotten the diseases that were spread by unpasteurized milk”

Yes, and those people should be able to buy it and drink it. They shouldn’t though, be able to sue the dairy farmer after they get sick from it


14 posted on 03/28/2014 9:50:22 PM PDT by Figment
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
In years past, milk was the major vehicle for the transmission of brucellosis (undulant fever) and a frequent means of the transmission of tuberculosis. Pasteurization is not required to kill all bacteria in milk because milk is such a rich source of nutrients, but it does kill these important pathogens. Raw milk is not fortified with vitamin D so other sources of vitamin D must be included in the diet if the person does not get at least 15 minutes per day of sun exposure without sunscreen. Pasteurization has no effect on the nutritional value of milk. with the exception of destroying vitamin C (for which milk is not a particularly good source). I have taught clinical microbiology for over 30 years, and I would NEVER drink raw milk unless I personally knew the cow from which it came so that I could be sure it was disease-free.
15 posted on 03/28/2014 9:58:15 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: doc1019
gotcha beat - I'm a great grandmother...grew up on a farm - back when farms were the majority -

drank raw mile, shallow well water, springs, brooklets, - as did everyone I knew......

Never knew anyone to get sick from them.

Lot of people getting VERY sick tho from drinking today's milk with it's antibiotics, growth hormones, etc -

and drinking high priced recycled sewer water from Los Angeles, Denver, Jacksonville, etc - from which prescription drugs DO NOT filter out. People pay top dollar for these bottled waters. (If I have to buy bottled water when on a trip - I buy only water labeled ‘spring water’) -

By the way, been drinking my own well water here for 23 years. No problems....no bleach.

16 posted on 03/28/2014 10:16:05 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

People forget that, before the Police State, milk was a deadly poison. /s


17 posted on 03/28/2014 10:46:27 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I am fortunate to live in a State where it is legal to buy/sell raw milk. I buy raw milk and make kefir out of it because in the days of Obamacare I feel that I must be able to boost my immune system in order to avoid Obamacare’s doctors.
Kefir from raw milk is legendary for its’ benefits to one’s health and longevity.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 2:08:17 AM PDT by tinamina (.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that of 239 hospitalizations caused by tainted dairy products from 1993 through 2006, 202 involved raw milk or raw-milk cheese.”

Your kidding me right? Less than 20 a year and we must ban the sell? Good grief! I’m 64 years old and the first 14 years of my life was spent drinking raw milk and eating home made butter.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 4:54:47 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: srmorton

What do you do to introduce beneficial bacteria to your own digestive system?


20 posted on 03/29/2014 5:05:42 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Dusty Road

Truth about Raw Milk.

http://agriculturesociety.com/politics-and-food/the-truth-about-raw-milk-part-i/


21 posted on 03/29/2014 5:07:10 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Valpal1; iowamark

Some people have forgotten the diseases that were spread by unpasteurized milk.

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True, but people should be allowed to make their own choices and the FDA should not be prosecuting farmers for it, especially when it is legal under state law.

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Valpal, your entire reply/post is spot on.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 5:11:19 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I grew up drinking raw milk from Suzy the cow,apparently she was healthy. I still have a glass of pasteurized milk every night before I go to bed. I am a 73 year old woman and when ever the doctor sends me for a bone scan (like last year) the results come back with WOW! written on it. Milk is good!
23 posted on 03/29/2014 5:16:39 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: iowamark

And those diseases where caused by the people handling the milk and not by the milk it’s self. The answer was instead of controlling the handling just keep doing what your doing and boil it, much cheaper that way, but the product loses it’s health value.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 5:26:45 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: BykrBayb
I don't worry about that because humans normally have many beneficial bacteria in the intestine already. I am also blessed to have been free of any kind of intestinal problems for all of my 64 years, with the exception of an occasional intestinal virus. Safer sources of beneficial bacterial would be some varieties of pasteurized milk, yogurt, or Activia.
25 posted on 03/29/2014 6:25:44 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: srmorton

Pasteurization kills all of the bacteria in milk, including beneficial bacteria. So that eliminates it as a source of beneficial bacteria. Some yogurt is a good source, if it has active cultures. I eat yogurt occasionally, but I don’t know how anyone can eat it every day.

Mass produced food requires certain procedures which aren’t healthy, but are necessary to maintain costs. That fine, if that’s what you want. I usually choose that route myself. But there are times when I’d rather spend more and get healthy food. Milk is one of those things I splurge on. I love real milk; the taste, the texture, and what it does for my body. If I could afford to be that picky about all of my food, I would be.


26 posted on 03/29/2014 7:35:35 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb
No, it doesn't. The acceptable colony count for milk is 30,000 organisms per ml. Milk is so rich in nutrients that it is impossible to keep it completely free of bacteria. The goal of pasteurization is to kill pathogens which used to be frequently acquired by drinking contaminated milk. It does not affect the nutritional value, especially when “flash pasteurization” (72 degrees for 15 seconds) is used.
27 posted on 03/29/2014 8:56:52 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: srmorton

Um, no. Setting it on the counter at room temperature won’t pasteurize milk. You need 160° to 165° for 15 to 30 seconds. It does affect the nutritional value, as it alters the composition and makes it harder to digest. It kills the beneficial bacteria along with the pathogens.

Yes, raw milk has bacteria, good and bad. There are potential health risks, but also benefits. For many people, the benefits outweigh the risks. I cannot drink pasteurized milk without becoming physically ill for a day or two, unless I also drink raw milk around the same time, which counteracts the effects of the dead milk. So my personal experience reinforces what the scientific facts tell us.


28 posted on 03/29/2014 11:04:26 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: iowamark

I won’t be drinking raw milk or eating tartare or sushi.


29 posted on 03/29/2014 11:19:12 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: BykrBayb
Sorry! Since I am a microbiologist who deals with scientific and hospital environments, I generally use the Celsius or Centigrade scale. 72 degrees Celsius is 161 degrees Fahrenheit. I also used to teach nutrition and the only nutrient affected by the heat is vitamin C and milk is not a good source of vitamin C in the first place. I guess we will have to agree to disagree because I believe that it is more important that the public not be exposed to the dangerous pathogens eliminated by pasteurization.
30 posted on 03/29/2014 7:39:17 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: srmorton

I think it’s more important for people to be healthy. If you think my milk drinking habits are disgusting, you should see the vegetables I eat. They grow in dirt, fertilized with composted animal feces.

Have a nice day.


31 posted on 03/29/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

LOL.
God bless and keep you.


32 posted on 03/29/2014 8:55:05 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Thank you.
:)
And God’s blessings for you as well.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 9:24:05 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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