Go mamas! A group of mothers who feed their children raw milk are planning a peaceful demonstration to “defy FDA interstate commerce and food safety law on raw milk in support of farmers across the nation willing to supply fresh milk to mothers across state lines risking their business to serve their customers.” They will ride from Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, where selling raw milk is illegal. That’s sure a long way from Houston, but I wish I could be there with them. I’m behind their cause all the way. My children are grown (two do drink raw milk now) but I wish I had known about, and had access to, raw milk when they were younger. How much healthier we would all be today!
Here are the details: the caravan of mothers will cross state lines with raw milk on November 1, 2011, from 12 Noon to 3 PM EST. At the end of the ride, there will be a rally at the FDA site in Maryland. Speakers at the rally include Liz Reitzig, raw milk mother and one of the organizers of the caravan; Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm; Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures dairy; David Gumpert, journalist and author of the Raw Milk Revolution; Max Kane, fighting the state of Wisconsin for access to raw milk; and Michael Schmidt, Canadian dairy farmer charged with delivering raw milk. The organizers of the demonstration are Liz Reitzig and Karine Bouis-Towe of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition. For more information about the ride and rally, go to RawMilkFreedom Riders.com.
Here’s some background on the purpose of the caravan and rally from a press release:
“The FDA has engaged in in several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs, FDA is also pressuring states to restrict raw dairy access.
Under FDA regulations [21 CFR § 1240.61] implemented in 1987, it is illegal for anyone to transport raw milk intended for human consumption across state lines. That includes individuals purchasing it legally in one state and crossing into their home state.”