In early August, Jill received a letter from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, threatening to fine her unless she stopped selling ice cream. In the message from the Department’s supervisor…
The attack on the safety and health benefits of raw milk has a deep and rich history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) robotically use the same selective science that minimizes the dangers present in pasteurized dairy while…
In The Raw Milk Revolution, David E. Gumpert describes the efforts of state and federal agencies responding to what seems like a simple question: Should American citizens be allowed the personal freedom to choose to drink raw milk?
At the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, we are constantly looking to deepen our knowledge of agriculture, nutrient-dense foods, and farm policy and how they relate to food freedom. This year we would like to invite you to learn with us by joining in our first ever FTCLDF Book Club.
While the sale of raw milk is illegal in Virginia, raw milk advocates have used the concept of herd sharing to obtain the revered, nutrient-dense food for decades. In a herd share agreement, consumers pay a farmer a fee for boarding their animal (or share of the animal), caring for…
In 1975 when I first started milking goats on my small ten-acre farm near Charlottesville, I was besieged by persons allergic to pasteurized cow milk and/or just wanting to consume raw milk. Not knowing the law but having heard
Forty-two states currently allow access to raw milk through statute, regulation, or policy. In the 2017 session, legislators have introduced raw milk bills in several states where any raw milk sales or distribution is illegal; in addition, a number of other states have introduced legislation that would
Virginia House Bill 2030 would allow the face-to-face sale of food products at farmers markets or through farm-based and home-based sales directly to consumers as long as the producer
In the 2015 legislative session, six states passed legislation increasing raw milk access. While it doesn’t look like this year’s session will be as productive, there are several states that have a good chance of
On January 13, the Illinois Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved regulations governing raw milk production and sales; the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) spent over three years