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consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.
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112th Congress 2011-2012
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Legislation from 111th Congress 2009-2010
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Raw Milk Freedom - HR 1830

It is legal in all fifty states to consume raw milk and raw milk products; however, many states have outlawed the sale of raw milk or impose such onerous burdens on producers that the supply of raw dairy products is severely limited.  Legislation that promotes consumer access to raw milk and raw milk products supports consumers’ freedom of choice to consume the foods of their choice from the sources of their choice.

Jul 6, 2011: FDA Says: Drinking This Natural Food Is a Crime

May 3, 2011: Consumers Defend Their Farmer Against Tyrannical FDA - Enraged by FDA sting operation against their Amish farmer, consumers rally at the Capitol.

Mar 28, 2011: Federal Raw Milk Suit: FDA Answers the Judge
FDA asserts that any commercial transaction involving the transport of raw milk for human consumption across state lines is subject to the agency's jurisdiction and is illegal.

Jun 1, 2010: Nanny of the Month Anti-Raw Milk Crusader Stephanie Rose - But there can be only one Nanny of the Month and this time it goes to the federal lawyer who wants to give raw milk drinkers a raw deal …more Watch Video

May 6, 2010: FDA's Response to FTCLDF Suit over Interstate Raw Milk Ban - FDA expresses shocking views on freedom of food choice . . . you have none!

Feb 22, 2010: FTCLDF Files Suit Against FDA over Raw Milk Ban

Feb 26, 2009: Will Ron Paul End the Ban on Raw Milk?

Food Safety

Beware of legislation that takes a “one-size-fits-all” approach to ensuring food safety.  The industrial food system in which the producer is far removed from the final consumer should be regulated, especially international imports.  The complexity of the interstate distribution chain justifies the need for governmental monitoring.  Food from local, sustainable farms supplied direct to consumers and to the local food movement, such as at farmers’ markets, does not require the same scrutiny by an intermediary agency.  In fact, small sustainable family farms and the ‘local food movement” are part of the solution to food safety threats and traceability in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak.

May 20, 2011 - FDA Acts on Food Safety Act


HR 1830 - A bill to authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption. View status of HR 1830.  Sign the petition to Support HR 1830!


S.216 - Food Safety Accountability Act of 2011 - a bill to further amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to impose unreasonably harsh criminal penalties (fines and/or imprisonment up to ten years) that could be invoked against food producers for violations of the Act, such as mislabeling or misbranding not just for adulteration of food. As noted by, "The amended version of S. 216 that the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out for consideration by the full Senate addresses most of the redundancy problem described above, but the criminal offenses remain vague, overly broad, and insufficiently protective of those making innocent mistakes."


Support HR 1830, a bill that would effectively end the current federal ban on raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption in interstate commerce.




May 10, 2011 - Rally for Food & Farm Freedom in D.C. May 16

Apr 26, 2010 - FDA Steps Up Enforcement Against Raw Milk

Feb 6, 2009  - Raw Milk Bill HR 778 Needs Co-Sponsors


May 4, 2011 - Tell President Obama "No" to GMO Alfalfa and Sugar Beets!

Dec 20, 2010 - S.510 now H.R. 2751 - Tell Reps to Vote "NO"...

Dec 9, 2010 - S.510 now H.R. 3082 - Tell Your Senators to Vote "NO"...

Nov 19, 2010 - CALL Your SENATORS ASAP - Implore Them to Oppose S.510

Nov 16, 2010  - URGENT S.510 Alert - Vote NO on Cloture

Nov 15, 2010  - Action Alert - Stop S.510


Jan 7, 2010   - Senate Food Safety Bill

Nov 18, 2009 - Senate Food Safety Bill Moving Forward - CALL NOW!

Nov 10, 2009 - FTCLDF Alert about Food Safety Bill

Oct 30, 2009 - Senate Food Safety Bill

Aug 12, 2009 - Meet with Your Senators at District Offices to Discuss Food Safety!

Aug 3, 2009  - HR 2749 Passes House

Jul 30, 2009 -  HR 2749 Fails to Pass but Is up for Vote Again Today

Jul 29, 2009 - Food Safety Bill Heading for a Vote

Jul 27, 2009  - Contact Your - HR 2749 House Vote on Tuesday!

Jun 26, 2009 - HR 2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 Update

Jun 18, 2009 - HR 2749 Action Alert - 061709 Hearing Update

112th Congress 2011-2012

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Contacting Legislators
To locate your legislators, read bills, find out who's involved and track the progress of any federal bill, try GovTrack 

Many legislator website email links will only accept messages from the particular legislator’s constituents.  

Although email is convenient, most communication to legislators is actually handled by their staff. 

Be sure to follow up.  The extra effort to compose a letter and send it by Postal Mail or by Fax followed by a Visit or Phone Call is likely to be most effective.

When calling or visiting, always be courteous. Ask to speak to the staffer handling your type of issue.