“This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products,” said its author Ron Paul (R-TX) when introducing the bill (read his whole, short speech here).
Freedom is what this bill is strictly about. Relevant and valuable as it may be, the health debate over the risks and the benefits of raw milk is a whole different conversation altogether, that only blurs the main issue at stake here: retaining one’s sovereignty over the food one chooses to consume (including “what” and “from where”), free of government control.
The impact of such a legislation would be anything but anecdotal. It is estimated that raw milk is a 10-million-consumer market in the United States. Legal in 10 states, sales of raw milk are illegal in 11 states (including Maryland and Virginia) and the District of Columbia, while remaining states have varying restrictions on purchase or consumption. And just to clarify, the hardship endured by Dan Allgyer is hardly an isolated incident.
“I urge my colleagues to join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism,” Ron Paul concluded. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It will need all the public support it can get to not be stalled–petition, anyone?