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Nation’s Largest Raw Milk Dairy Sues FDA Over Interstate Ban

Organic Pastures, the nation’s largest raw milk dairy, has launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for allegedly turning its back on the dairy’s request for the agency to change its current law banning sales of raw milk across state lines. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill potentially… Continue Reading

Ohio First State to Gain Interstate Approval for Small, Local Meat Plants

Ohio this week became the first state to gain approval to sell meat from small, state-inspected slaughterhouses across state lines — a critical step toward rebuilding processing infrastructure for small-scale, regional meat and poultry producers. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan announced the news Thursday at a local foods conference hosted by Senator Sherrod Brown… Continue Reading

Injunction Against Raw Milk Dairy Imposes Many Conditions

The permanent injunction against a Pennsylvania farmer who was selling raw milk across state lines also imposes a number of conditions on him and his dairy that may have implications for other cases of interstate sales of unpasteurized milk, as well as for the legality of so-called “cow share” and “private buying club” schemes. But… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Commerce Clause

There are no words that cause raw milk advocates more heartburn than these: “The Congress shall have Power …To regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes.” It was this section of the United States Constitution – the Interstate Commerce Clause – that as recently as this week tripped up an… Continue Reading

White House Turns Down Raw Milk Petition

The Obama administration delivered its official response last week to the 6,078 signors of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov who requested federal-level legalization of all raw milk sales. The response indicated that the White House continues to support the current regulation of raw milk sales, which allow states to determine legality but prohibits its sale across… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Advocates Stage ‘Milk and Cookies’ Protest at FDA

About 100 raw milk advocates rallied outside of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland Tuesday, serving raw milk and cookies, to protest federal interstate regulation of unpasteurized milk. The rally was the culmination of a “Raw Milk Freedom Riders” caravan of moms transporting raw milk across state lines — from… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Advocates Plan Rally on Capitol Hill

Members of a Washington, D.C.-area raw milk buying group, known as Grassfed On the Hill, are planning a demonstration next week on Capitol Hill for what they are calling the “aggressive treatment of peaceful Amish dairyman” in the context of limited budget resources. Dan Allgyer, a Pennsylvania farmer who supplies the group with fresh unpasteurized… Continue Reading