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Massachusetts Raw Milk Supporters Respond to State Crackdown on Buying Groups

In early 2010, The State of Massachusetts is proposed new language to be added to the regulations that govern the sale of raw milk, which would make it illegal for consumers to entrust another individual to purchase milk from the farm for them. This was aimed at the buying clubs that have made raw milk available and accessible to hundreds of families over the years. The purchases made through these clubs have been instrumental in helping to sustain dairy farms and these clubs have saved thousands of gallons of gas by essentially carpooling milk.

A campaign by consumers, farmers and advocates prompted the withdrawal of the proposal 'for further review,' but the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources continues to maintain that buying clubs are illegal.

June 2010 - MDAR Says No Additional Raw Milk Hearings, Buying Clubs Still Illegal

May 2010 - NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network Response to May 7, 2010 letter from Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach

May 2010 - Video from Raw Milk Rally on Boston Commons

May 2010 - UPDATE: MDAR Backs Off on Raw Milk Language

May 2010 - MA Raw Milk Update: May 10 Hearing Approaching!

April 2010 - NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network Response to Proposed Regulatory Changes

April 2010 - MA Raw Milk Farms Threatened as State Moves to Make Buying Clubs Illegal

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WBUR, 5/10/10

HARDWICK, Mass. — How much do you expect to pay for a gallon of milk these days? $2.50?

Well, if it came from the cows here on Robinson Farm, a gallon is going to cost you $7. But for a small but growing number of people in Massachusetts, it’s worth it.

People like Dara Lambert of Upton. She’s what you might call a raw milk enthusiast. “I believe pasteurization pretty much kills a lot of the nutrients: the probiotics, the antibiotics,” she says. “I drank raw milk while I was breast feeding, I would drink it if I was pregnant.”

Lambert has just pulled up at Robinson Farm, where she has come to pick up some fresh, raw milk. Several dozen gallons actually, more than you’d think even the most hardcore raw milk drinker might need.