Call Your U.S. Rep. & Fax through HR 1830 petition
The movement to protect raw milk in Congress is beginning to gain steam!
Three Representatives have co-sponsored the raw milk bill originally filed by Ron Paul (R-TX): Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Tom McClintock (R-CA).
If passed, HR 1830 would legalize the interstate shipment of raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption, reversing the FDA’s current regulations that prohibit the interstate transport of raw milk for human consumption.
The FDA has harassed raw milk farmers and buying clubs across the country under its current regulations, for example through its one-year undercover sting operation of an Amish farmer.
We need HR 1830 to stop FDA harassment! We need more co-sponsors to help create pressure for a hearing on the bill and move it forward. Will you please help?
Call your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor HR 1830 and to work for a quick hearing.
To find out who represents you, go to www.house.gov or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or toll-free at 866-220-0044.
When you call your Representative, ask to speak to the staff person who handles agricultural and food issues. If you get their voice mail, leave a message.
“Hi, my name is ____ and I am a constituent of Representative ___________. I am calling to urge the Representative to co-sponsor HR 1830, to legalize the interstate transport of raw milk. The FDA should stop wasting taxpayer dollars pursuing our farmers and interfering with individuals’ right to obtain the foods of our choice. I hope the Representative will co-sponsor the bill and work to help get a prompt hearing by the Energy & Commerce Committee. Please call me back at __________ to let me know where my Representative stands on this issue. Thank you.”
After you call your Representative, please sign the petition in support of HR 1830 at www.farmtoconsumer.org.
This online petition will send a fax to your U.S. Representative, Senators, and local newspaper, multiplying your impact.
It also allows us to know how many people have called in support of HR 1830, holding legislators’ accountable to their constituents.
While the consumption of raw milk is legal in all fifty states, the sale of raw milk is illegal in about half the states. Passage of HR 1830 into law would enable everyone to exercise their right to consume raw milk, whether they live in a state where the sale of raw milk is illegal or in a state where the sale is legal but sources are limited.
Growing numbers of consumers are crossing state lines to obtain raw milk and raw milk products. It is time to recognize that the federal ban is an unjust, unworkable law.
You can read FDA’s response to the FTCLDF’s lawsuit here.
Ask your Legislators to uphold freedom of food choice through the petition in support of HR 1830