The Raw Milk Freedom Riders evolved out of the frustration many consumers and raw milk advocates have regarding the FDA’s policy to investigate, spy and raid farmers across the Nation who are delivering fresh, raw milk across state lines. The Farm Food Freedom Coalition organized the first Freedom Riders event on November 1, 2011 which transported fresh milk from Pennsylvania into Maryland this caravan of moms then proceeded to join the Rally in front of the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring Maryland where they distributed and drank the milk along with cookies. The FDA released a statement the same day, which states ” The FDA has never taken, nor does it intend to take, enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption.”
The Farm Food Freedom Coalition continues to ask the FDA for dialog on this issue in order to meet the needs of consumers who prefer unprocessed food who are fighting the government for their right to choose this food and access it against the FDAs current policy, “We are in the minority and our rights are not being considered, we deserve to be heard”. We want to work with the FDA to meet their needs to protect consumers from unsafe food while keeping the freedom for those who seek unprocessed, fresh raw milk to continue to have access to this healthy, healing product.
We are suggesting the following:
– That raw milk crossing state lines for human consumption be labeled with the same warnings as other foods receive that are potentially dangerous when consumed raw (like poultry, pork, beef, oysters). All we ask is raw milk be treated fairly, instead of outlawing it. The FDAs policy appears to be arbitrary and in the best interest of food processors to restrict access to raw milk. Prove us wrong by opening the discussion and protecting the rights of those in the minority who seek raw milk meant for human consumption.
**For details on how raw milk should be produced if it’s meant for human consumption go to http://www.realmilk.com or visit the Weston A Price Foundation website.