After the FDA rated Rawsome Foods, twice, I took the time to sign a petition which was headed to the White House about legalizing raw milk. I received a response this week from Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council. To start, I didn’t realize raw milk was only a “rural” affair. That aside, the letter informed me that our Administration “supported pasteurization to protect the safety of the milk supply”. It notes that since 1987, there have been 143 reported outbreaks of illnesses associated with consumption of raw milk and raw milk products. What I couldn’t find in the letter, or in any of the links, was information about these 143 reported outbreaks. 24 years and 143 issues – interesting. How many of these “issues” related to the raw milk and how many related to the industrial farming practices from which the milk came?
Another part of the letter mentions that milk is “one of the most important staples of the American diet”. Mmmmm? I don’t drink milk. I often find my clients can’t drink milk. Maybe the Dairy industry’s “Got Milk?” Campaign has hit the White House too.
Interestingly, although the White House letter states that raw milk consumption has not been scientifically substantiated, in just a quick Google search I found in the May 10, 2007 issue of Clinical and Experimental Allergy a scientific research study of nearly 15,000 children noting that drinking farm milk can protect children against asthma and hayfever.
Has Raw Milk Changed?
After my first “Democracy” blog some called me a puppet of the Dairy industry and others called me a mouthpiece for the Weston A Price Foundation. For full disclosure, I am a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, but I’m a moderate. I’m far from a puppet of the Dairy industry. I understand this is a hotly debated topic and people on both sides are very passionate. But, as with anything else, I find it best to follow the money trail. Who is paying for the scientific literature the FDA is using to make these policies? For the first 211 years this country had unpasteurized milk. What changed in the last 24 years? Who’s profiting from this change?
To me, these are the types of questions we all need to be asking.