Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Criminalize Drinking Fresh Milk from Your Own Cow

January 11, 2019 at 6:22 pm

A proposed law in Tennessee would make it illegal to drink unpasteurized milk from your own cow, goat or sheep

Tennessee state senator Richard Briggs, a medical doctor, wants to make it illegal to drink milk fresh from your own animal.

His proposed bill would remove current language in state law that guarantees the right to consume unpasteurized milk from an animal that you either fully or partially own.

Current Tennessee law allows citizens to obtain raw milk for their own personal consumption if they have “independent or partial ownership interest in any hooved mammal.”

This has given rise to an arrangement called “herdshares” in 7 states, where members of private buying clubs can purchase partial ownership in, or “a share” of, a cow, or herd of cows, so they can have access to unpasteurized milk.

Raw milk is legal to some degree in 43 states, according to RealMilk.com, which tracks the legal status of raw milk in all 5o states.

If Tennessee outlawed herdshares, it would join the 7 states that have left no legal avenue open for consuming this wholesome, nutritious living food.

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The proposed law was apparently triggered by a E. coli outbreak in Knox County, according to a blog post by the famous regenerative farmer and author Joel Salatin.

”Of course, as is common in these cases, the outbreak was never actually tied to raw milk, but government bureaucrats color any opportunity to question and science generally flies out the window,” Salatin writes.

“Every homesteader and farmsteader who has a goat or cow for their own personal milk consumption would be a criminal under this statute,” he adds.

Safety is subjective, Salatin notes, and therefore should be left up to the informed consumer.

”I don’t think it’s safe to drink 3 cans of Coca-cola a day, but that’s legal. I don’t think it’s safe to eat veggie burgers, but people do.”

“It comes down to who owns the person. As long as the state owns the person, which is where America is right now, nothing is beyond the regulatory purview of the police, the ultimate enforcer of the laws.”