I LIKE MY MILK RAW.

Raw milk is richer, creamier, healthier, fresher, and it can be used to make butter, yogurt, kefir, sour cream and cheese. I lived on a farm and I owned a share of a cow. The milk I drank came from that cow. I knew and trusted the man who took care of it for me to make sure that the cow stayed healthy and had a good animal's life with plenty of sunshine and grass. Each week I anticipated spooning that cream off the top of the next fresh gallon and into my big bowl of organic blueberries. True farm living, pure country lifestyle.

 

RAW MILK IS FOR PETS (if its blue?)

Recently I left the farm and moved to the city of Atlanta where I was no longer close to my cow. Apparently the only way to find some decent milk around here is to pretend I am buying it for my pets. Raw milk is legal to sell "For Pet Consumption Only" in GA. I have one cat so I could pull this scam off pretty easily, though firstly I would want to visit the farm and find out a little more about the farmer to be sure that farmer's milk is safe to drink. But the thing is- the state of GA is also threatening to start adding colored dye to all Raw Milk sold for Pet Consumption in hopes that humans will not want to drink it. I guess they caught on to my "scam" pretty fast. Here's my question: why do we not have the right to drink a fresh, healthy, locally and sustainably raised, unadulterated organic product that could potentially support more family farmers if legalized?

 

RAW MILK IS FOR OUTLAWS.

Raw milk cannot be sold for human consumption in the state of GA because people think that everything needs to be pasteurized. Pasteurization got popular in the unsanitary and impoverished conditions of the boom of factory farming that coincided with the industrial revolution. Pateurization was necesary in that situation but it isn't necesary nor good when the milk comes from healthy cows in sanitary conditions taken care of by trusty local farmers. They didn't have the raw milk option in the centralized milk systems supplying the inner cities of Philadelphia or NY but we do have it now. Pasteurization kills all the nutritious enzymes and vitamins in real raw milk and homogenization makes the milk unusable for butter, yogurt, and cream. Once you experience the 'real milk' lifestyle you will never lower your standards to sub-par grocery store milk again.

*this is basically a question of trusting the people to make decisions that are right for them. It is true that raw milk would not be as trust worthy in a large-scale production system as it is when transparency is used as insurance in smaller scale direct consumer-farmer relationship. But in the case of dying raw milk a different color as a "distinguishing identifier" instead I say label the milk as "unpasteurized, may contain harmful bacteria" and then let the people decide for themselves. In the industrial world the people are treated like cattle and the cattle are treated like machines. Let people be people and cattle be cattle- legalize raw milk.

WE THE PEOPLE

Should have access to fresh, organic, sustainably raised food. It is better for the environment. It is better for the animals. It is better for the people.
And it is a basic right.

Follow up:
A public hearing was held Exhibit Hall at the Atlanta State Farmers' Market November 2, 2007 on the Georgia Department of Agriculture's proposed rule amendment to the state Feed Laws requiring food coloring in raw pet milk. The room was packed with over 100 consumers of raw milk who spoke out (for their pets) against dying the milk a different color. We won an dthe proposed law was not passed.