Kudos to Texas Senator Ron Paul for introducing some sensible legislation regarding raw milk! Milk and dairy products are a food and should not be regulated any differently than other foodstuffs. We all purchase raw food all the time – eggs, meat, vegetables – and cook it or eat it raw according to preference. Why should milk be any different?
All foods – cooked or raw – are at risk of harboring pathogens, and raw milk is no more risky than any other food. Why are we spending untold amounts of our tax dollars on year-long sting operations to take down a raw milk farmer? Fortunately, the bureaucratic idiocy at Amish farmer Dan Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres has generated notice from more than just the offended raw milk community. In fact, the outrage from both the right and left sides of the political fence may be just what we need!
Conservative former Senator Fred Thompson tweeted: “The FDA concluded a year-long sting operation – against Amish farmers selling unpasteurized milk. I can’t believe they wasted their time on this when there are so many unlicensed lemonade stands in this country.”
David Gumpert, writing at the left-leaning environmental website Grist, wonders, “Did the imposters feel any sense of remorse or shame by virtue of entering private residences to seize food — eagerly ordered and paid for by the club members — as part of a major federal investigation?”
And, most hopeful of all, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has introduced legislation to get the feds off our backs, in the Unpasteurized Milk Bill, HR 1830. Senator Paul states that “this legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products,” and ends with an appeal to “my colleagues to join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring my legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.”
Go on, Feds. One more raid may be just what is needed to push the American people into getting rid of this ridiculous, outrageous, and unconstitutional piece of legislation. And GO RON!