Now Legal to Advertise Raw Milk in Oregon

Small-scale dairy farmers and producers in Oregon can finally advertise that they sell raw milk in Oregon without fear of retribution, now that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill that removes prohibition against advertising raw milk in Oregon.

In 2014, the state of Oregon agreed not to enforce a ban on advertising the sales of raw milk, though the advertising itself remained illegal. This year, the Oregon House of Representatives pushed through HB 2446 to “delete prohibition against advertising by unregulated producer engaged in small-scale on-premises sale of raw milk directly to consumer.” Supporters of the bill pointed out that this issue is not only about food freedom rights but also about the right to freedom of speech.

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Will Oregon Allow for the Advertising of Raw Milk?

In 2014, the state of Oregon agreed not to enforce a ban on advertising the sale of raw milk, although the advertising itself remained illegal.

Now, the Oregon House committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is considering a bill that would allow producers to market raw milk directly to consumers. The chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Representative Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), is in support of House Bill 2446 and has said he would like it to move through as quickly as possible.

This issue revolves around not only food freedom, but also freedom of speech. In 2013, the Virginia-based Institute for Justice filed a free speech lawsuit on behalf of one Oregon milk producer, “…contending that the state was violating the right of Oregon farmers to speak about a legal product” (see The Register-Guard).

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.