Arkansas Legalizes Raw Milk

The laws governing the sale of raw milk – whether it can be sold freely or sold under the strictest of circumstances – vary state to state. This summer, one more state can be added to the list of places where consumers can legally purchase raw milk directly from the farm: Arkansas.

Beginning in July 2013, Arkansas farms will be allowed to sell up to 500 gallons of unpasteurized cow milk per month, and up to 500 gallons of unpasteurized goat milk per month, directly to consumers. It will still be illegal to sell unpasteurized milk at farmers markets or other retail outlets. Under the new law, farmers will be required to post a sign on the farm and label unpasteurized products with a standardized label noting that the milk is unpasteurized. Neither the farm nor the cows will be inspected by the state, and the buyer assumes all liability should any health problems arise from consuming the raw milk.
This new law is not only exciting for the consumers who rely on raw milk’s nutrients for health benefits, but also for the farmers who see economic opportunity in taking advantage of the emerging raw milk market – raw milk often sells for $6-$8 per gallon. As the market continues to evolve and more farms begin to offer unpasteurized products, it will be interesting to see where costs stabilize and how farms brand themselves to stand out from the herd.

See article in Arkansas Online:

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of nutrition education non-profit, The Weston A. Price Foundation.

4 thoughts on “Arkansas Legalizes Raw Milk

  1. I am so pleased to hear that we can now drink and cook with something so natural without the added chemicals and pasteurization that comes from government law. I can’t wait to purchase my first gallons. 🙂

  2. Thanks to everyone who helped out in making this health-promoting superfood available to consumers in Arkansas again. While pasteurization does kill harmful bacteria in milk obtained from sick cows in unsanitary conditions, it also kills beneficial bacteria and live enzymes in milk that promote good health. The benefits of foods rich in beneficial microorganisms is an area of emerging research. Many consumers have also anecdotally reported better health and well-being from drinking raw milk and using raw cream.

  3. Hallelujah!! Thank you Jesus, we don’t have to drive to another state and bootleg raw milk anymore!!!! This is a great day in Arkansas!!!!!!!

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