Could You Go To Jail for Drinking Raw Milk?

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It’s been a rough few weeks for me.

  • My oldest son’s anxiety
  • Finding a tick embedded in my youngest son’s head while in church
  • Dealing with horrible fatigue supposedly from detox symptoms.

As a result, I’ve been taking a bit of a blogging break.

I have a lot to catch up on due to the “diversions”, but I must say that I read about this raw milk mess this morning in this post on food freedom at Homestead Host and felt I just had to share it with you all.  (By the way, I am a proud affiliate of Homestead Host.  They host my blog and own my domain.  And have FABULOUS service.  If you’re looking to have better service than the “big box blog companies”, please check her out!  You’ll be glad you did!

Our government is at it again. What’s it doing this time?

Outlawing raw milk.

So–you mean that you could actually go to jail for being part of a cow share?

Looks that way to me.

The way that I read this law, it would be illegal for residents in the state of Wyoming to:

  • Offer raw milk as part of a cow share
  • Receive raw milk as part of a cow share

What is a Cow Share?

In case you are not familiar with what a cow share is (I sure wasn’t until a few years ago), a cow share is an arrangement between a farmer and consumers in which the consumers pay money in order to “own” part of a cow.  It is basically the only way to get raw milk in most states in the U.S.
Every week (or at predetermined times), the “owners of the shares” come to the farm and get their share of the milk that the cow produces.
Now, pasteurized milk drinkers everywhere want to know…

Why Would Anyone Want to Drink Raw Milk?  

“Eeew!”  you say?  Well, here’s why:

  • when milk is pasteurized, the heat destroys the enzymes in the milk.
  • So, raw foodies love raw things because enzymes help to digest the food.  They consider cooked food to be dead.
  • Lactase is the enzyme in raw milk that aids in the digestion of lactose, which is milk sugar.
  • Lactose intolerant folks like raw milk because they can often drink it without having the horrible digestive upset that they get when drinking pasteurized milk.  (My husband, for example, is severely lactose intolerant.  He hasn’t drunk pasteurized milk for YEARS as a result.  However, he can drink raw milk with absolutely no problems.)
(Note: Of course, you would want to be a part of a cow share at a farm that you know and trust so that you know you are getting high quality milk.)

Is It Going to Be Illegal to Buy or Sell Raw Milk?

It appears that the State of Wyoming does not think its citizens should be allowed to be part of a cow share any longer.

They are prohibiting the transfer of raw milk to anyone who is not a member of an immediate family of the farmer, or a non paying guest.
From the State of Wyoming’s Agricultural Department, here is the troubling verbage:

Section 8. Fluid Milk and Milk Products

(a) Fluid milk and milk products shall be obtained from sources that comply
with Grade A standards as specified in the United States Public Health Service/FDA
Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, as amended.
(b) Fluid and dry milk and milk products complying with Grade A standards
as specified in United States Public Health Service/FDA Grade A Pasteurized Milk
Ordinance, as amended, shall be obtained pasteurized.

(g) Unpasteurized milk and products made from unpasteurized milk (except
cheese qualifying under subsection (d)) may not be sold, delivered, served, or provided for
human consumption.
(i) This subsection does not apply to individuals who obtain milk from
animals solely owned by them, members of their family, or their employer and who
furnish raw milk or products made from raw milk only to members of their family or nonpaying guests.

Troubling to me also is the verbage pertaining to the prohibition of raw cheese:

(d) Cheese shall be obtained pasteurized unless alternative procedures to
pasteurization are specified in the CFR, such as 21 CFR 133 – Cheeses and Related
Cheese Products, for curing certain cheese varieties.

But I Don’t Live in Wyoming.

Neither do I.  However, this should be of concern to  you.  Once one state sees that it can get away with this kind of nonsensical grab for control, other states will more likely follow suit.

But I Don’t Drink Raw Milk.  What Does This Have to Do With Me?

Neither do I.  Though we do have raw cheese sometimes in our household.  Our family is not part of a cow share since my son has a life threatening allergy to dairy and right now it would just add a little too much stress to our household.

But I do care about food freedom and I am very upset about government infringing on the rights of citizens.

Also, according to Millie in her post on Homestead Host, the Wyoming State Government is also trying to regulate the selling of salad greens and eggs at farmers markets.  She states that the state is trying to make purveyors of greens have the greens washed in certified kitchens which would make the cost prohibitive for small farmers.

Here is link to the proposed regulations.  I couldn’t find the proposed salad greens wording, but will continue to look.  I wanted to get this post out while there is still time to act.

What can you do about this?

1. Take Action! Click here to sign a petition!

2. Submit comments. Must be in writing (not email or fax). They must be received by next Wednesday (5/23).  Therefore, you will have to overnight letters to Cheyenne. Please ask that the word “soley” be removed and/or the entire (i) section be removed.  Written comments or request for a public hearing can be addressed to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

3. Request a public hearing–again, email or fax may be ignored, so you should send an overnight letter with confirmation sent to the above address. A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 persons, a governmental subdivision or by an association having not less than 25 members. (Source)

4. Call, write, email the Governor’s office and state legislators – request that the Wyoming State Administration stop making rules and regulations without being legislated upon. State that the proposed rule is not needed and is over-regulation. Contact Governor Mead here.  Find a Wyoming State Senator here. Find a Wyoming State House Member here.

5. Write letters to editors of local Wyoming papers, call in to local Wyoming radio shows, etc. I think writing to any newspaper or calling any radio show is a great idea as well.  Post and share on facebook and other social media sites, ask your friends, family, farms and ranches to get involved.

 

Fed up with our Government’s Over-involvement in our lives?  Here’s where you can read more:

Did you sign the petition?  Please share on Facebook and Twitter and Email.  

Thank you!!!

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  1. Hi Adrienne,

    We’re having our inaugural Eat Make Grow Blog Hop. We are looking for folks to link up who want to share what they have been eating with their families, growing in their gardens or making with all their creative impulses. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll hop on over and link up a couple of your posts. It’s a way for you to grow your readership and find other like minded mamas.

    Hope to see you there,

    Foy
    http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/2012/08/inaugural-eat-make-grow-blog-hop.html

  2. Hannah Steele says:

    Hi there! I am in Illinois. I found a farmer who sells raw milk for $8 a gallon. I really want to make the switch to raw milk but I feel this price is above market standard. Is this true? or am I just cheap? Also, have any of you made your butter from the raw milk you purchase? If so, what tools would you use for it?

    Adrienne, I have been thinking a lot about a Vitamix. I’ve been craving your almond drizzle recipe since I saw it a few weeks ago, but what other things to you use it for. If I have to save for a purchase like that I want to make sure I can use it all the time!!! I’m trying to cut down on breads(even whole grain ones) and other types of carbohydrates and I’m trying to find new ways of incorporating healthy fats into my diet. Any input here is appreciated!

    Hannah

    • Hi Hannah. Others will need to chime in about raw milk prices – I don’t buy it.

      Regarding the Vitamix, I use it all the time. Since it’s much easier to clean than a regular blender, we make smoothies / shakes (much smoother than a regular blender) and lots more. You can search my blog in the search bar for coconut butter, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, nut and seed butter, my Fast & Yummy Bean Dip, Powdered Sugar Substitute, Chocolate / Carob Chia Pudding, Berry Mousse, and the No Bake Coconut Delights I just posted. If you check out all of those, that should keep you busy for awhile :-).

  3. This may sound a bit out of 1984, but large criminal elements of our global cabal style government wants us dead. Their goal is to depopulate the world to the tune of a half a billion people remaining. Research it, look into fluoride in the water, awful western medicine, suppressed free energy devices, autism in the thousands of percentage increase, rampant cancer, mandatory vaccines we’ve never heard of, flu shots, and raw milk… America is simply going the way of 1943 Germany, there’s no other way to look at it.

    • Hi. I’ve heard of some of these theories. One thing I don’t understand is how the growth of autism fits in. If the government wants us dead, how does an increase in autism fit into that? Are you suggesting that they are trying to kill us but aren’t succeeding? And if so, why would they want a bunch of people dead if they are about control–wouldn’t they just be happy being in charge of more people? Thanks and I would appreciate it if you didn’t leave a fictitious email address. No one can see it but me :).