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Debating raw milk

The sale of raw milk has been a hot topic in several states recently.  On Tuesday, the raw milk debate made it to the AFBF delegate floor. 

Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says the fairly lengthy discussion centered around language within current American Farm Bureau policy.  “Some wanted to take out language within the current policy that says ‘all milk needs to be pasteurized’, some wanted to permit that to happen, and others said if the sale of raw milk would be permitted – some want it regulated,” he says.  “There was a long lengthy debate on that.”

In the end, Villwock says the delegate body decided to keep the language the same; saying that all milk should be pasteurized.

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  • It’s ironic that the farm bureau, normally a politically conservative body, would not advocate for food freedom versus government control.

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