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Victory! South Carolina Upholds Freedom of Residents to Buy, Sell Raw Milk

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We are excited to report that food freedom has won out in South Carolina, where a factory farm front group recently tried, but failed, to stamp out longstanding state laws that recognize the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk throughout the Palmetto State. And all of you, our valued readers, helped make this possible by calling and emailing the South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) in the eleventh hour and urging the group to oppose this attempted assault on an all-natural food product.

In case you missed it, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), a national nonprofit group that purports to represent the interests of American farms, recently tried to convince South Carolina officials to quietly scrap the state's freedom-loving regulatory paradigm for raw milk sales. In its place, AFBF wanted its own standardized policy of prohibition, which erroneously views raw milk as dangerous, to be implemented as law in South Carolina against the will of the people.

It just so happens that South Carolina is one of the few states in the southeastern United States that continues to recognize the freedom of its residents to buy and sell raw milk at the retail level. Nearby North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, on the other hand, prohibit the retail sale of raw milk, and only allow it to be sold as pet food, making South Carolina a food freedom territory surrounded by Big Brother tyranny.

Opposing tyranny is not a fruitless endeavor

Once the food freedom community got wind of AFBF's machinations; however, we collectively banded together to vehemently oppose them, a move that in this case resulted in a monumental victory. According to the latest information we have received, David Winkles, Jr., head of SCFB, has decided to reject AFBF's proposals, and uphold the freedom of South Carolinians to buy and sell raw milk. And now it is our turn to thank him for respecting food freedom in his state. 


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