Internet News Article Incites People over Raw Milk Issue with Erroneous Information

Cayce, S.C. An article entitled “Urgent: Big Ag group trying to ban raw milk sales in South Carolina – your help needed to stop this tyranny” by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer for has generated hundreds of calls and e-mails to South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) from people who support the sale of raw milk in South Carolina. Unfortunately, the article misleads readers into believing Farm Bureau has the ability to implement state policies and regulations.

The truth is that members of the SCFB dairy advisory committee will discuss American Farm Bureau policies and other issues of importance to the dairy industry. Members of this committee are family farmers and operate dairies that produce milk for sale as a raw commodity as well as producers of pasteurized milk.

As the state’s largest non-profit general farm organization, SCFB appoints a number of commodity advisory committees to help guide the Federation on key agricultural and environmental issues that help direct the Federation’s grassroots lobbying efforts to preserve and protect the work of family farmers, sustain locally grown food and fiber, and support rural lifestyles.

SCFB advisory committees do not implement policies. Instead, they advise the SCFB board of directors on decisions the organization should make relative to the commodities they represent. Their advice is discussed by the SCFB executive committee and full board of directors before it becomes part of the organization’s annual plan of work.

Recognizing the potential risks to public health that consumption of raw milk poses, delegates at the business session of AFBF’s 94th Annual Meeting on Jan. 15, 2013, approved new policy in support of only pasteurized milk and milk products being sold or distributed for human consumption. As with all AFBF policies, states have an option to consider dissent from national policies. The SCFB board of directors will hear a recommendation from the SCFB dairy advisory commodity committee when it meets next Tuesday. If states register dissention from AFBF policy, it simply means that state would not participate in national lobbying efforts relative to that particular issue.

South Carolina Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization founded in 1944 when a group of farmers realized their collective voice was needed to protect family farming and rural lifestyles from becoming regulated out of business by state and national lawmakers.

Every county in the state has its own Farm Bureau chapter and a volunteer board of local farmers. Anyone who supports locally grown food, preservation of the environment and wildlife habitats, rural lifestyles, and the strong work ethic of family farmers can and is encouraged to join Farm Bureau at People don’t have to be farmers or buy insurance to join!

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11 Responses to "Internet News Article Incites People over Raw Milk Issue with Erroneous Information"

  1. CPWHShawna   March 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Seems the concerns are justified:
    “SC Farm Bureau Federation Board Action Regarding Raw Milk Sales – AFBF Policies”
    Cayce, SC – Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) board of directors voted today to support American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) national and international policies at its January board meeting . . . . The board also instructed the organization’s president and staff not to become involved in lobbying any issues involving the sale of raw milk in South Carolina.

    No support . . . . how’s that for a slap-in-the-face to SC family farmers who produce raw milk.

  2. Eva   January 30, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Gosh, guys, the simple truth is that if we want to drink raw milk, it is our own right to do so. Everything we eat or drink has a risk to it, including broccoli, peanut butter and meat, all of which have resulted in multi-state recalls when they’ve sickened hundreds of people. Yet they are not illegal. There is a huge double standard imposed on raw milk, which has not resulted in more sickness than other foods. I’ve been drinking raw milk for years, and am as healthy as can be. Healthier, indeed, than people who smoke legal and state-supported cigarettes and drink alcohol. How ironic is that…..hundreds of thousands of people get sick from smoking and alcohol, yet raw milk is illegal? I would very much appreciate it if the state did not decide for me what I can and cannot eat or drink.

    • Roger Bird   January 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Eva, you are right on. It is obvious as the nose on an elephant’s face that the government tries to discourage raw milk drinking not because they care about people’s health. They discourage raw milk drinking because they are corrupt excrement eating politicians.

      • Eva   January 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Apparently they don’t have anything better to bother themselves with than us wanting to consume something as natural as real milk. Sheesh.

  3. Scott   January 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

    The American Farm Bureau was originally founded to counteract pro-Farmer populism. The AFBF historically has opposed policies that give farmers a fair price for their products, and instead sided with the major agribusinesses to ensure grain processors and meat packers can pay small farmers the least amount of money possible.

    All that true, it is still unsurprising the Natural News published such nonsense. That website is very often the site of imaginary stories and terribly unscientific health advice. And they always imagine a nefarious conspiracy to go along with their story.

    • Roger Bird   January 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Since I don’t read Natural News, I cannot write with any authority. But I am going to take some wild guesses based upon your response.

      Goods and services are worth what you can get for them. Fairness has nothing to do with it. If you want fairness, then you probably have to do central planning, and a really good example of that is North Korea.

      As far as “scientific” is concerned, that word is usually used as a baseball bat by people who wish to demean the intelligence of people that they do not agree with.

      • Scott   January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Every economy has some degree of central planning. Don’t be silly by suggesting that North Korea is a good example of any policy that could be enacted in the US. No one serious will take you seriously.

        And scientifically is a word usually used in conjunction with the word science. Try looking that one up. Bobby Jindal will be proud.

        • Roger Bird   January 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

          Scott, you are probably too young to notice that our freedoms are going away and now we have a government agency telling us that we cannot drink raw milk. Where does US freedom end and North Korea’s tyranny begin? US freedom ends at the line where checks and balances and separation of powers end. And those checks and balances and separation of powers are being eroded constantly, usually, but not always, by well-meaning liberal political science retards.

          And Scott, your elitism is showing, and it makes me want to vomit.

          • Scott   January 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

            Are you sure it’s my elitism that is making you want to vomit, and not contaminated milk? In any case, you can vomit your heart out, but you’re still using a cookie-cutter argument that is full of hot air. As I said, no one serious is going to take you seriously.

          • Roger Bird   January 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

            But Scott, if you think that raw milk is making me vomit, how come I don’t think so and how come I and everyone else who drinks raw milk think that it makes them healthy. Why is it that your supposition that raw milk is making me nauseated valid, but everyone else’s experience not valid? I guess that you are so superior that that your suppositions are valid but the experience of thousands of other people are invalid.

  4. Roger Bird   January 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I guess we could call this collateral damage or even injury by friendly fire. Sorry about that.