A Sample Letter

Article by Shawn Dady on July 25, 2012

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Dear Honorable Representative __________,

I am writing to you today to ask you to support the HB1623 introduced by Representative Glen Casada and Senator Jim Bryson regarding legalization of the sale of fresh, unprocessed, unpasteurized milk. This is about freedom of choice.

I support this bill for the following reasons:

  1. Because it requires regular testing for pathogens, this bill ensures the sale of clean and safe raw milk. The milking and cooling methods also ensure safety for consumers as well as fairness to small farmers and artisans.
  2. The bill also keeps raw milk bacteria counts lower than the standard for pasteurized milk! This is really saying something about the safety of raw milk.
  3. It allows us as consumers to view and keep track of our raw milk farmπs test results, since the results are kept for us to see at the farm.
  4. It allows for the farm to deliver milk, which helps with handicapped or other such individuals who are not able to make a journey to a farm to pick up milk.
  5. It allows for the farmer to freely advertise his healthy product and grow larger with free market demands.
  6. It is very fair to farmers, because in the event of any pathogen being found in fresh milk, just as in any other food, it requires that this charge be medically verified and traced unequivocally back to that farmπs milk, and then it allows the farmer the fair chance to correct the problem and continue in his healthful business, just as other food businesses are allowed to.
  7. It allows us the freedom of choice in the issue of our food. After all, we can buy raw meat at the store, as well as raw oysters and sushi. In addition, we can buy cigarettes and alcohol! This is our free choice! Why not fresh, unprocessed, unadulterated milk? It should be our decision, not the stateπs.
  8. This bill has the potential to absolutely revive our small farming industry. It has the potential to make it vibrant once again.

For all these reasons, Representative ___________, I would like to ask you to vote in favor of HB1623 as proposed by Representative Glen Casada and co-sponsored by Senator Jim Bryson. So many people have been made better from a multitude of sicknesses with fresh milk. Why canπt we all? Please do not listen to the scare tactics! There is just too much information to the contrary, showing the raw milk is a healthful and life-giving food, that we should have the choice to buy or not to buy. Could you respond to me as to whether or not you are planning to support this wonderful bill about freedom of choice?

Thank you,
Your name


An author, speaker, and health copywriter, Shawn Dady is also the president of Tennesseans For Raw Milk and the Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is a consultant and nationwide influencer for people on health and wellness issues and has been in the industry for more than 20 years.