This is from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). Please see below for actions you can take today to help insure you have access to healthy milk products for your family in the future.
Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill (HR 778) that would repeal the current ban on raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption in interstate commerce. The ban has made it more difficult for consumers to access raw milk and has hurt the ability of raw milk producers to make a living.
Passage of the bill into law would go a long way to stopping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its efforts to completely shut down the supply of raw milk.
To be successful, HR 778 must have co-sponsors. Your help is needed. Now is the time to mobilize consumers and farmers across the U.S.
Your Action is needed
The bill, HR 778, has been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The first step you can take is to contact the Committee Members to let them know they should support your right as a free citizen of the United States to make purchasing decisions for yourself and your family. The list of members and their contact information can be found here.
Secondly, you should contact your representative to request that they support this bill and co-sponsor it. Some points you can communicate to your representative follow – again from FTCLDF:
1. The bill upholds consumer freedom of choice. The consumption of raw dairy products is legal in all fifty states. The bill enables consumers to exercise their legal right in States where the sale of raw milk and/or raw milk products is illegal or where there are no in-State sources.
2. The bill upholds States’ rights. Decisions about the safety of raw milk should be made at the state and local level, not by the federal government.
3. The bill supports family farms by expanding their markets for raw dairy products. The bill increases the chances of survival for those dairies that are no longer able to subsist solely on the income from the dairy cooperative system.
4. The bill promotes the local food movement by connecting consumers to producers who happen to live just over state lines.
5. The bill would free FDA to focus on the pressing problems in our food system, e.g., tainted imports, under-inspected large-scale food processors.
Lastly, you may go to the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund site for further information and to request regular updates.