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Churning butter at Vt. Statehouse

Montpelier, Vermont - March 8, 2011

They were churning out more than legislation in the Vermont Legislature Tuesday. Folks were also churning butter.

The Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty was bringing attention to the use of raw milk. The milk used in their demonstration was pasteurized to comply with state law.

Recently state officials raised red flags about workshops they say went too far because they promote using raw milk for making other things, like cheese and butter. Raw milk is only allowed to be sold for drinking.

These advocates want a change in the law so the workshops can happen.

"You can't do a workshop and learn how to use raw milk. You can learn how to make butter and you can learn how to make cheese and you can learn how to make yogurt, but you cannot do this using raw milk in a class and we feel as food safety is concerned the best way to make sure. We have been led to believe raw milk is some dangerous thing... The best way to ensure food safety is to know what we are doing with the product," said Jessica Bernier of the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty.

In response, the Vt. Agency of Agriculture says it is working collaboratively to develop a protocol for these events so they will meet the requirements of the statute.

Anson Tebbetts - WCAX News

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