Resolution on Utilization of Fresh Local Milk in Federally Funded Food Security Programs

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WHERAS, state, provincial and territorial policy makers understand the importance of supplying healthy, fresh milk and other wholesome foods for their constituents; and

WHEREAS, dairy is the "anchor tenant" of agriculture in many areas of the country, supporting the critical mass of infrastructure upon which many other agricultural enterprises depend; and

WHEREAS, the federal government in partnership with state governments has created food security programs to satisfy the nutritional needs of low income children and families; and

WHEREAS, the Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) program was created to specifically address nutritional deficiencies in young children; and

WHEREAS, it has come to our attention that the WIC program in Puerto Rico is substituting Ultra High Temperature (UHT) milk for fresh, local milk in its program; and

WHEREAS, independent market research studies indicate that 96% of consumers prefer the taste of fresh milk over UHT milk or powder milk.; and

WHEREAS, infants and young children, who reject the taste of UHT milk and do not consume it and do not receive the nutritional benefit of the product; and

WHEREAS, there is some level of nutritional loss in certain proteins that are important to the mother and to the child with UHT milk due to the high temperature process required to sterilize and pack this product; and

WHEREAS, WIC’s program also aims to provide support to the local industry of each individual state to whom it is providing the benefits; and

WHEREAS, dairy continues to be the driving force of commerce, employment and income in Puerto Rico accounting for more than 25,000 jobs;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments representing state, territorial and provincial policy leaders urge the use of local, fresh milk in WIC and other federally funded hunger security programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all members of Congress serving on Senate and House Agriculture and Appropriations committees as well as Puerto Rico’s representative; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Commissioners of Agriculture in every state and territory.

Adopted this 13th Day of June, 2007 at the CSG Spring National Committee and Task Force Meetings In Puerto Rico

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