Many raw milk producers in states including Wisconsin, Washington, and Missouri are experiencing difficulties obtaining liability insurance from their insurers.
According to Food Safety News, in 2012, “…the Farm Bureau-owned Rural Mutual Insurance Co. sent out notices about all Wisconsin farm policies it covers specifically advising policy holders that their coverage does not provide for ‘the sale and/or distribution for offsite consumption of unpasteurized (commonly called raw) milk from cows, sheep and goats for human consumption.”
“Because of the press that raw milk gets, it is definitely on the radar of insurance companies, and I have heard some carriers are not willing to provide coverage for those selling it,” explains Tami Griffin, deputy national director for Aon’s Food Systems, Agribusiness & Beverage Group.
As a result, some raw milk producers are being forced to look for other insurance companies or consider leasing their animals. See After $75K Investment Raw Milk Dairy Unable to Get Insurance.
“Such is the life of farming,” the Seattle Times quotes the Seattle-area producer as saying. “You never know whether it’s going to be Mother Nature or some new regulation…it’s a very risky business.”
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Seems like Big Pharm gets an exemption from liability but little farm doesn’t…
Until these farmers become certified organic, it will most likely continue. The standards for all farms is always higher with organic. I would never purchase raw milk from any farm unless they were certified organic. The risk it too great these days, frankly.
Certified Organic by the USDA is not necessary to provide clean healthy milk. Some small farmers do not have the time or money to deal with the paperwork and pay the fees. Educated consumers who know their farmers can find farmers who are using organic methods but are not bothering with the certification. Often the farmers work to a higher standard than the Certified Organic standards.
Here is a recent article about fraudulent labeling of milk and eggs as “organic.” http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/12/investigation-factory-farms-producing-massive-quantities-organic-milk-eggs/
There is no substitute for knowing your farmer personally, asking questions, touring the farm, seeing for yourself how your food is produced.
I’m very keen to learn about milk processing. I am a raw milk drinker and have been since I was a little kid. I buy raw milk at a farm in PA that is straight from the cow. No processing of any kind. just straight raw milk. It tastes wonderful and is good for you as far as I am concerned. Keep up sharing such nice information with us.
I am indesperate nee of Raw Donkey Milk for3-4 months.Please advise if you can help me ? Thanks Beth