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  •  there is progress (3+ / 0-)
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    DrFood, johnnymonicker, aitchdee

    and I do not think any reasonable small dairy farmer is opposed to any and all regulation of raw milk. If they are, I would not be interested in buying their milk. But I don't think scare mongering or the dairy lobbyists are always the best source of information (that's not your source, I know).

    You sex analogy is not totally on point but also not totally off base. My wife and I visited the farm where we own a "share" of their eight cows' production. We toured their facilities, talked to people who had known them who we trust (we are plugged into the local small farming and urban ag community), talked with the family, met the cows. In short, we didn't just go the corner and pick some random person to shag. That's not a good way to go for anything. I am of the opinion that if you know it is safe (or highly-likely safe), bareback is better! And so is raw milk.

    Unlike some I also don't think it unreasonable for people to want to know how a larger raw milk industry (something I hope happens) is going to ensure a safe product. I think farmers can meet an adequate standard provided it is not one designed to crush them at the behest of industrial dairy.

    I have met some fervent raw milk advocates who I think do their cause no good by saying everything is a conspiracy, pasteurized milk is poison, and any regulation of raw milk is unacceptable. That swings too far the other way.

    •  Yes! Thanks for this (4+ / 0-)

      Raw milk is not an unalloyed good, but it is a reasonable choice for some.  It needs to be an informed choice.

      I like the "buy it on the farm, from the farmer" set up.  Getting it in a bottle, in a store far removed from the farm, makes me a little nervous.

      Universal Health Care - it's coming, but not soon enough!

      by DrFood on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:03:07 PM PST

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