Vermont bill would allow raw milk classes


By LISA RATHKE   April 8, 2011

A Vermont farm advocacy group that was ordered to stop offering raw milk workshops will get to resume the classes under a bill proposed in the state Legislature.

Rural Vermont had taught people how to turn raw milk into butter, yogurt and cheeses until it received an order to stop or face possible legal action from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture on Feb. 10…

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a catchall agriculture bill — supported by the agency — that changes Vermont’s 2008 law, from allowing the sale of raw milk for drinking to allowing consumers to turn raw milk into other products.

“It protects the right of farmers to sell their milk and it protects the rights of consumers to do what they want in their kitchen,” Carter said.

“It would also mean that farmers would no longer need to be ‘milk police’ and would not be in violation of the law if they sell raw milk to a person that they know is going to go home make it into cheese etc. for their own personal consumption,” he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

The bill, which was moved out of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week, is expected to return to the Senate floor on Friday.




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