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Via Chestnut Farms CSA's newsletter, a plea to support a change in the laws for…
Via Chestnut Farms CSA's newsletter, a plea to support a change in the laws for raw milk sales in MA. Read on below to see how you can help:
Raw Milk or SAVE OUR FARMS!!: Farms in Massachusetts are challenged to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. It is very difficult to be a good steward of the land if you can not afford to pay your heating bills. We are in a community with several operating dairy farms, some that sell to the commodity market and some that sell to the consumer. The ability to directly market milk is a huge difference. Our next door neighbors milk just under a hundred cows and sell to the milk truck (i.e. the commodity market). They receive a payment of just over $18 for a hundredweight of milk or about 11 and a half gallons – this translates into about $1.70 per gallon to the farmer. In addition, they are competing with large commercial farms in upstate NY or the midwest that milk literally thousands of cows three times a day. The cows move from the food stall to the rest pen to the milking parlor every eight hours. It is truly industrialized farming on a grand scale.
Just down the road, Raw Milk dairies are able to sell a gallon for $6 – a huge difference to the farmer. The challenge remains the extensive regulation around Raw Milk that was implemented in the 1930’s in response to Listeria concerns. Refrigeration and trucking has come a long way in the last ninety years, but our laws remain stagnent. The result has been to hogtie the hands of the farmer. Currently all milk must either be sold to the commodity market or directly to the consumer ON THE PRODUCERS FARM. While we may love raw milk, few of us have the time or resources to drive 78 miles each way from the Boston area to Hardwick for a gallon of milk. All this may change.
There is currently a bill before the MA House Ways and Means Committee to allow Raw Milk Dairies to make their own deliveries to their customers. Much like we do a CSA meat drop-off; they could load their trucks and deliver directly to the Boston area. The Bill (HB1995) is in front of the house – there were public hearings in June – PLEASE take a minute to call your representative at 617-722-2000 and urge them to support the Raw Milk bill. Successful passage of this legislation will provide an economic incentive to protect and preserve smaller scale dairies in MA – and provide jobs in the process.