Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ron Paul: 'I'm All for Raw Milk'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 8:11 AM

GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has weighed in on a topic rarely heard about on the campaign trail: raw milk.

"I'm all for raw milk," said Paul at an Iowa campaign stop. "I think you should make your own choice on whether you drink raw milk or not."

Although raw milk is openly sold in Idaho, 20 states prohibit its sale outright, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The raw-milk debate is in synch with the theme of Paul's campaign: get government out of Americans' decisions.

In Iowa, which will see the nation's first 2012 presidential caucus in less than three weeks, a storm over raw milk has been percolating since February 2010. That was when the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Iowa District Court over restrictions prohibiting cross-border sales of raw milk. The Defense Fund argues that such regulations are unconstitutional.

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