Urgent: Big Ag group trying to ban raw milk sales in South Carolina
Ethan A. Huff
Jan 25, 2013
It has come to our attention that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), a national non-governmental organization that claims to represent the interests of American farmers, is right now attempting to covertly eliminate the freedom of South Carolina farmers to sell raw milk at the retail level. One of only a few states that currently recognizes the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk legally, South Carolina is basically being accosted by this Big Ag front group, which will attempt to eliminate raw milk freedom in the Palmetto State at a special meeting to be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 12:00 pm.
According to an insider alert we just received, the South Carolina Dairy Advisory Committee(SCDAC) will consider a proposal made by AFBF, which is strongly and vocally opposed to individuals having the freedom to buy and sell raw milk, to eliminate an existing state statute that recognizes the freedom of South Carolina farmers who are properly permitted to sell raw milk at the retail level. In its place, AFBF wants SCDAC to implement policies that reflect its own biased views towards raw milk, which for all intensive purposes would ban the sale of raw milk for human consumption throughout the state.
“Delegates approved a new policy that states only pasteurized milk and milk products should be sold for human consumption,” states the heinous proposal that AFBF is pushing SCDAC to adopt. “Delegates approved the measure in light of the potential risks to public health and food safety posed by consumption of raw milk.”