Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who introduced legislation last year to eliminate the US government’s ban on growing hemp in accordance with state laws, last week introduced two bills that would remove US government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and raw milk products. The two new bills are the Milk Freedom Act (HR 4307) and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act (HR 4308).
Raw milk and raw milk products, such as cheese and butter, are distinguished from other milk and milk products by having not been pasteurized. People may seek out raw milk and raw milk products for a variety of reasons, including because they desire better taste and nutrition.
The US government’s war on raw milk has real victims. Dan Allgyer is one example. Allgyer, an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania, was forced to shut down his Rainbow Acres Farms in 2012 after a US district court judge ruled Allgyer had violated US law by selling to a buyers group in Washington, DC that the US Food and Drug Administration had infiltrated in a sting operation. Indeed, Rep. Chelli Pingree (D-ME), the lead Democrat cosponsor of the raw milk bills condemns the US government’s overzealous enforcement in explaining her support for the bills: