Serina wrote a post on raw milk that I started to comment on, when I decided it deserved a whole post on my own blog.

I thought the person quoted in the raw milk article made a good point about lettuce, etc. making people sick. Think of the recent spinach/e.coli thing. Are states now going to ban the sale of raw spinach? Of course not. (we hope!)

Government over-involvement takes away freedom left and right. They're attempting to protect the uneducated at the expense of the educated. And it actually makes it worse. People who educate themselves weigh the risks and choose accordingly. People who don't educate themselves assume that because the government says it's fine there are no risks at all.

I really wish that people truly could have the freedom to make their own decisions. I was talking to a lady recently who said New York was considering banning trans fats. She just couldn't see my point that people should legally be able to clog their arteries if they want to. Pretty much all Americans would be very unhappy if the goverment decided exactly what and how much people should eat all the time. Sure it could be based on good hard scientific evidence (if even scientists agreed with each other), but it would be a horrible breach of our freedom.

If people understand that there is some risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk, why not let them decide if the benefits will outweigh that risk for them? They are much better off than those who assume that there is no risk of getting sick from eating spinach just because it comes in a nice little package at the grocery store.
Posted by Heather Daley on October 6, 2006, 4:26 pm | Read 2675 times
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AMEN! I've been meaning to comment on Serina's blog myself, but haven't taken the time to put together a coherent thought yet. :) But I will say that I'd trust a well-maintained, inspected, certified dairy over one that relies on pasteurization and hence can get away with being sloppier. Too bad I can't find such a place in Florida. We DO certify citrus juice producers and thus can legally obtain unpasteurized orange and grapefruit juice -- and I can attest that the flavor is lightyears above even the best of the grocery store, pasteurized variety.
Posted by SursumCorda on October 6, 2006, 5:43 pm

Well, you know what I think, but I thought I'd chime in to say, "Here, here."
Posted by serina on October 6, 2006, 10:27 pm

I love raw milk. Even whole milk hardly gets close to the taste of raw milk. I was raised on raw milk. I have no idea how my parents got it, but we went to the farm weekly and often toured it(homeschool field trip :) ). I have friends in Ohio who "own a cow" and drink raw milk. It's really good stuff, and I can't drink it often enough.
Posted by Laedelas on October 7, 2006, 11:55 pm
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