A new bill in the Vermont legislature would allow farmers to sell unlimited amounts of raw milk directly to consumers.
Supporters say it will provide extra income for farmers.
A gallon of raw milk that's unpasteurized sells for about 6 dollars. Currently there are limits to how much raw milk farmers can sell because of health concerns. The bill would set up new health standards, including regular testing of the milk and labeling requirements. Raw milk could not be sold at retail shops or farm markets-- only direct to consumers. Farmers would also have to keep a list of who buys it.
"But in the end there should be a choice for consumers out there who want to have raw milk. We need to have that choice and I'm not speaking just for myself, my kids do drink raw milk and we do make cheese and butter from raw milk for our family, but I am speaking for the entire membership," says Bruce Hennessey of Vt. Grass Growers.
In response, the Vermont Agriculture Agency said they're always looking for ways to help farmers, but they also have to make sure the public's health is protected. The agency said it's encouraged the bill addresses some of those concerns.
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