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…
One conversation I had with attorney Elizabeth Rich about raw milk herd shares warrants sharing with you. I learned I don’t understand nearly as much as I thought I did. And I’m not the only one—they are darned confusing to most
Negotiations on June 14 with the Harris County, Texas District Attorney’s Office resulted in dropping all of the raw milk-related charges against the Houston-area courier. During the negotiations—conducted under the watchful gaze of some 50+ raw milk supporters who packed the
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
Humpback Dairy, the largest camel milk producer in the U.S., has stopped shipping raw milk for human consumption across state lines. In a January 6 letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sam Hostetler, owner of
FTCLDF member Joe Golimbieski got some good news Monday morning when his attorney Michelle Halley called to report that Judge James Jamo denied the request of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
A troubling aspect of food regulation is how government agencies believe they can intrude into activity that is far removed from the stream of public commerce. A glaring example of this is now a matter of public record in
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick filed final emergency rules governing herdshare operations on August 26. The emergency regulations are in effect for 15 months at which point the state