Is Raw Milk Consumption Growing in America?
August 24, 2006
Selling raw, unpasteurized milk is illegal in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
But many are such devotees of the health value and taste of raw milk that they are willing to break the law, or use creative means to get around the restrictions, in order to obtain it.
Raw milk advocates have tried selling it as pet food, selling it frozen (legal since it is not in "final consumable form") and selling cow shares, because in most states farmers can drink unpasteurized milk from their own cows.
Raw milk appeals to those who seek natural and unprocessed foods. Advocates of raw milk are attempting to legalize it in Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and Maryland.
There have been some cases of bacterial infection from raw milk. However, Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, argues that cows raised on pasture grass, rather than in pens eating corn, will produce milk that is healthy and pathogen-free.
The Weston A. Price foundation points out that pasteurized milk "is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer."