Thursday, April 4, 2013

Raw Milk and Food Freedom

Okay, y'all know I'm pretty crunchy. Right? I mean, I make my own laundry detergent...and I frequent the farmer's markets, and many other things you may not be privy to...like the fact that I won't use hand sanitizers, chemical cleansers of any kind, or medications (at least, when I can avoid them)...or the fact that I use homemade shampoo...and...homemade deodorant. (It's true.) You might have even tried my fave, quite-crunchy granola! ;)

But probably the crunchiest of all the things I do is drink fresh milk, aka "raw milk." Gasp! Yep. I drink it. And I give it to my kidlets to drink as well. And I am at complete peace with that. Because it is the way God gave it to us. It has not been stripped of all its great qualities. It has not been tampered with. It is purely awesome. I may or may not discuss this further at some point, but for right now I just wanted to mention that I'm bringing my kiddos with me tomorrow morning to show my support of House Bill 1536, which would allow small farmers to sell up to 500 gallons of raw milk (either goat's or cow's) per month to consumers at their farms. That would be sooooo nice...seeing as how THAT would be constitutional.

In case you might like to support such a bill as well, here is a list of House committee members to call (first thing in the morning) or email (right now):

Members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development     
  
Shepherd, Matthew J. (R-6) - Chair
  
Steel, Nate (D-19) - Vice Chair
  
Ballinger, Bob (R-97) 870-423-1035
  
Branscum, David L. (R-83) 870-448-2408
  
Douglas, Charlotte Vining (R-75) 479-632-2187
  
Douglas, Dan M. (R-91) 479-619-9231
  
Edwards, John Charles (D-35) 501-378-5500
  
Eubanks, Jon S. (R-74) 479-438-0533
  
Gillam, Jeremy (R-45) 501-729-0042
  
Jean, Lane (R-2) 870-234-5433
  
Jett, Joe (D-56) 870-276-5319
  
Lampkin, Sheilla E. (D-9) 870-723-6449
  
Leding, Greg (D-86) 479-966-9201
  
Lenderman, Homer (D-53) 870-926-7914
  
Linck, Kelley (R-99) 870-404-2741
  
Magie, Stephen (D-72) 501-327-4444
  
McCrary, Walls (D-14) 501-676-2317
  
Meeks, Stephen (R-67) 501-314-9250
  
Ratliff, James (D-60) 501-454-5200
  
Thompson, Tommy (D-65) 501-208-2007
tt4rep@att.net

Or SHOW UP tomorrow morning and show your support that way! 
  
WHEN:    9 a.m. Friday on April 5, 2013 
 
WHERE:  Arkansas State Capitol
                  Room 138  Arkansas House
                  500 Woodlane Street 
                  Little Rock, AR
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