Local family advocating for raw milk: pushing bill to be passed

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Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:48am

 A local family wants to be able to buy and sell raw milk here in Louisiana. Right now, it's against the law.

But a family of ten is gearing up to head to the capitol to fight for the right to do so. Folks at the Clyde family farm say this bill could benefit everyone. The Clyde family is ten of the ten million in the nation who drink raw milk everyday. They go through two gallons daily.

But their love of raw milk didn't just happen out of blue, it started because they were looking for answers.

"We got involved with raw milk really about ten years ago in response to some respiratory issues one of our children had,” said James Clyde. “The more research we did the more we kept coming back to raw milk."

And it worked. They believe raw milk cured their son, but getting their hands on it wasn't easy.

"We had to drive to Mississippi for our raw milk."

So, they bought dairy cows, and started collecting their own. And they're using it for everything you can imagine.

"I make eggnog out of it which is really good," said Eli Clyde, one of kids on the Clyde Family Farm.

But they know not every has a Brown Swiss like "Annie" to give them fresh milk everyday.

"All were asking for is the choice for consumers to choose," noted Clyde.

You can buy and sell raw milk in 40 U.S. states and they want Louisiana to be the 41st state to make it possible.

"This bill supports people buying locally and knowing their local farmer."

Raw milk is filtered and clean. The only real difference is that its not boiled. The Clyde family tells us that some people with lactose intolerance can even drink raw milk without side effects of milk that might be pasteurized.

The Clyde kids seem to like their milk just the way it is; directly from the source.

"Because kids like us probably want to drink raw milk, and the reason I drink raw milk and why I think they should pass the bill because it's a good fresh source of healthy protein for your body," said Eli Clyde.

Wednesday, the Clyde family will attend a hearing at the Louisiana State Capitol where senators will be discussing raw milk. We'll keep you up to date on the newest developments.

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