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The Evolution of the Revolution: Raw Milk Legislation in MN

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Raw Milk page, and our Minnesota News page.

Why is raw milk in the news in Minnesota? Consumers have banded together with the shared goal to limit restrictions on consumer access to this natural product.

Consumers desire raw milk for various reasons. Some are unable to drink processed milk. Others are seeking the enzymes and/or beneficial bacteria present in raw milk. Many just like the way it tastes! For whatever reason, preservation of health or pure enjoyment, consumers should be able to access raw milk in Minnesota in a safe and convenient way.

We are fortunate, in Minnesota, that our State Constitution gives farmers the right to peddle the products of their farm. We even have a statute, Section 32.393 that allows for the occasional sale of raw milk at the farm.

Minnesota farm families, their friends, neighbors and acquaintances, have a long history of consuming raw milk. The problem arises that, in this day and age, farms and consumers are no longer geographically close. A consumer may drive hours, round trip, to purchase raw milk at the farm.

For the past several months, a group of concerned citizens, members of the Foundation for Consumer Free Choice, and the Board of Minnesota Natural Health Legal Reform Group, has met to draft a new consumer access to raw milk bill, under the legal guidance of Diane M. Miller J.D. of National Health Freedom Action.

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