An Oregon farmer is taking on the milk lobby and challenging a law that bans advertising raw, unpasteurized milk for sale at the farm.
Federal law prohibits the sale of raw milk from State to State but allows States to regulate the sale within their borders. Oregon law prohibits the retail sale of raw cow’s milk but allows on-farm sales if the farmer has no more than three cows with only two lactating.
But the farms selling directly to consumers cannot advertise the sale online, in fliers, via email or on signs.
Christine Anderson, owner of Cast Iron Farm, believes the ban violates her right of free speech. She says it also makes it difficult for her to sell her product, which inhibits her ability to earn a living and causes her to destroy unsold milk or feed it to pigs.
Anderson is a seventh-generation farmer who began selling milk in 2008. Last year, the State ordered her to remove milk prices from her website. But she also had to remove information about her milking, bottling and bacteria-testing practices.
“I like food that is pure,” Anderson told the Portland Tribune. “But most importantly, milk comes out of a cow that is unpasteurized, and if you handle it correctly, I believe that’s the way it was meant to be consumed. The more we mess with our food, the more side effects, problems, the less real our food is.”
The Virginia-based Institute for Justice is filing suit on Anderson’s behalf. The organization has also filed two other food-related suits recently: one challenging Minnesota’s restrictions on home bakers and another challenging a ban on front-yard vegetable gardens in Miami Shores, Fla.
The milk lobby detests competition. But the truth is that pasteurized milk is dead food. The process strips it of its beneficial properties and creates a synthetic non-food devoid of nutrition under the pretense of purity, cleanliness and shelf life. Pasteurization changes milk from a real food that helps to the body build up a natural immunity to allergies to a common allergen.