---- — To the editor:
Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and a bipartisan coalition of 17 other lawmakers introduced legislation on March 26 to improve consumer food choices and to protect local farmers from federal interference.
The “Milk Freedom Act of 2014” (HB 4307) would provide relief to local farmers, small producers and others who have been harassed, fined and, in some cases, even prosecuted for the “crime” of distributing unpasteurized milk. This bill would prohibit the federal government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products.
Likewise, the “Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014” (HB 4308) would prevent the federal government from interfering with trade of unpasteurized, natural milk or milk products between states where distribution or sale of such products is already legal.
No provision of either bill would preempt or otherwise interfere with any state law. Both bills have been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
I urge a vote by Congress in favor of both HB 4307 and HB 4308 in support of food freedom of choice.