Proponents of raw milk have a chance to affect state law in California on Wednesday in Sacramento. Bonnie at the Ethicurean and Tana at iheartsmallfarms write about the issue with regard to Claravale Farm. I regularly receive email alerts via Meadow Sweet Farm, which has been battling state health officials for nearly a year along the same lines and has their first hearing in Albany on Thursday. Both farms and the availability of raw milk will be in danger if current laws are not revised. (Photo of Claravale cows by Tana Butler.)
I haven't thought long and hard about the issue of raw milk or studied the issues carefully. Raw milk certainly could and has carried harmful bacteria and beneficial bacteria. If I were drinking it, I'd want to know the source.
I do believe that raw milk, under careful production, should be available to anyone who wants it. And I know for a fact the world would be a lesser place without raw milk cheeses. What chaps my ass is when a government inspector tells me what I'm allowed to eat and what I'm not. It's almost always the case that such inspectors know far less about the food than the people who produce it and the people who seek it out. This is harmful, not helpful.
I urge people who care about raw milk and real food to support these farms in Sacramento tomorrow and in Albany on Thursday. Instead of being models of farming, lauded for what they do, they are instead villified by our of-the-people, by-the-people, and for-the-people government.