This is a huge deal, far more important than appearances. It strikes at the heart of the engineered dependence of the american economy on centralized power. Food purchases account for the biggest single fraction of household budgets, and the largely successful campaign to drive a wedge between consumers and local food producers has not only funneled untold billions into wall street and forced the fire sale of family farms into industrial combines, but led directly to the rise of toxic chemical and GMO contamination of the food supply. Milk is a large fraction of the typical food budget, and the initiation of local business contacts and social networks among disparate communities will almost certainly lead to a huge transformation of our “just in time” food economy and dependency on the kindness of strangers into something resembling a resilient foundation for human survival.
While this bill only pertains to interstate commerce, it offers a glimmer of hope to local producers and a catalyst for state-level legislative campaigns.
If you want to survive disaster capitalism, local food production should be high on your list of priorities. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2015/07/trojan-horse-the-war-on-raw-milk/
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill designed to make it easier for consumers to access raw milk.
As part of the ongoing debate of the so called “Farm Bill,” three representatives have introduced an amendment to prohibit the federal government from intervening in state laws which allow for the sale of raw milk. The House Rules Committee will debate a number of amendments on Tuesday and Wednesday before a potential floor vote later this week.
On Tuesday the panel held a discussion with House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway and ranking member Collin C. Peterson on the five-year farm bill, which deals with policy for nutrition, conservation, organic standards, crop insurance and other programs. The current version of the farm bill expires on September 30. Rollcall reports that the Rules Committee will be looking at more than 100 amendments on Wednesday.
One of those amendments pertains to the distribution of unpasteurized, or raw, milk across state lines. Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced an amendment which “prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products between States that allow the distribution of unpasteurized milk or milk products for direct human consumption.”
Thomas Massie warned that the federal government might put people in prison for transporting unpasteurized milk across state lines. “If it’s legal to sell raw milk in two different states, why would the federal government put you in prison for taking milk between those two states?!,” Massie tweeted. “I have an amendment to the farm bill to fix this injustice…”