Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) partook together of an illegal meal at Denver’s own Jezebel restaurant. On the menu? Raw milk, hemp scones, kombucha, and non USDA inspected beef and eggs.
The purpose of the meal was to bring attention to a series of bills that would loosen a handful of food regulations and restrictions. The representatives are co-sponsors of the Milk Freedom Act and the Milk Interstate Freedom Act, which would make raw milk legal nationwide, and the PRIME Act, which would allow slaughterhouses to sell beef within state lines without USDA inspection. This would, according to a press release, “make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers.”
“What do you put in your own body?,” said Rep. Polis. “What’s a more intimate decision than that? It really should be entirely up to people. It should be up to the person. You shouldn’t have the federal government telling you what you can and can’t eat.” HaTTiP
The PRIME Act (H.R. 3187), which is supported by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, is part of a series of “Food & Farm Freedom” initiatives championed by Massie, including The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (H.R. 525), the Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (H.R. 4307 in the 113th Congress), and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 (H.R. 4308 in the 113th Congress). Rep. Pingree was the lead Democratic co-sponsor on both “Milk Freedom” bills. Rep. Massie has also been a staunch advocate for country-of-origin labeling of food.
Original co-sponsors of the PRIME Act include Reps Walter Jones (R-NC) and Jared Polis (D-CO).