Posts tagged: raw milk
Dalton Gardens Rep. Vito Barbieri proposed legislation this afternoon to ease Idaho's rules on sales of raw milk, and ran into opposition in the House Agriculture Committee, whose members noted that extensive work was done just last year to revise Idaho's rules for raw milk. “We did compromise a lot,” said Rep. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls. “This kinda takes a lot of that away.” Said Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, “I think this is opening the door that we tried to close last year.” Rep. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello, said, “I'm concerned about this, because it pretty much opens it up to everybody. Pretty much anybody can produce raw milk and sell it.” Barbieri responded, “I believe you're correct”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)
Question: Would you like to see the rules eased for raw milk production in Idaho?
Idaho, by contrast, has taken a very different raw-milk route. “Raw milk comes straight from the cow or goat. We don't do anything to it except filter it and flash cool it and bottle it,” said Debra Jantzi, owner of Treasured Sunrise Acres, a Grade A raw-milk dairy in Fruitland. Pasteurization, on the other hand, is a heating process that kills bacteria and other pathogens and has been a standard practice in the U.S. dairy industry since the mid-20th century. Many state and federal health agencies claim that raw milk is dangerous to drink—citing a 2010 outbreak of campylobacter from raw milk in Indiana—and, therefore, ban or greatly restrict its distribution. Raw-milk advocates, like Jantzi, counter that pasteurization kills flavor, as well as beneficial bacteria and the nutrients that make milk healthful/Guy Ford, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP file photo of raw-milk producer for illustrative purposes) H/T: SamC.
Question: Do you drink raw milk?
Duane Rasmussen: I attended the first half hour of the meeting. I counted six people on the stage and thirty in the audience. Nine of the people in the audience were children. Bruce Maddox, Paul Mathews, Mike Oliver, Roger Benoit, Tom Robinson, and Bjorn Handen were all on the stage sitting at a table. It appeared that most of the people present were in favor of raw milk. Ron Paul was mentioned as the sponsor of the Raw Milk Freedom legislation which is federal legislation. Bjorn stated that the Town Hall Meeting was sponsored by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. No raw milk was served.
Question: Are you surprised by the small turnout for the raw milk seminar?
Originally posted at 2:01 p.m. Tuesday, June 7
Following is a notice circulated by the Kootenai County Republican Legislative Subcommittee: “The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee encourages the public to attend an open forum/town hall meeting concerning U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R. 1830, authorizing the sale of raw milk by private citizens. The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22 (today), from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the community room of the Coeur d'Alene Library (702 E. Front Ave./Coeur d'Alene). More here.
Question: Do you plan to attend the raw milk townhall meeting, pushed by Kootenai County Republicans, tonight?