Raw milk: part of a complete childhood

Raw milk on tap in Turin Italy.

Raw milk on tap in Turin Italy.

Here’s a lovely photo taken by Pamela Cuthbert at the Slow Food fair Salone del Gusto in Turin last month. The picture shows a raw-milk vending machine (Raw Milk On Tap) and a group of students on a field trip to the fair who are lining up for a cuppa. Thanks to Ingrid Hamilton and Michael Schmidt for passing this photo along to “the Bovine”.

Now contrast this scene with what they say about raw milk over on the Haphazard Gourmet Girls blog: “…While in general the Haphazard Girls are big critics of FDA, we think they’re very on the ball with the Raw Milk issue, because it’s routinely fed to “consumers” who are not capable of making decisions for themselves: Children and babies.

Raw Milk is promoed to well-meaning parents as a magical elixir that rapidly cures all kinds of grave childhood diseases, including autism, celiac disease and asthma–and yet there’ no scientific basis this. Raw milk and raw milk products (hey, that includes your pricey-gourmand Gouda!) contain a wide variety of harmful bacteria including, but not limited to, listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, salmonella, campylobacterbrucella. An adult who consumes contaminated Raw Milk will, if lucky, simply get a bad case of the trots; while a baby, child, pregnant woman or elderly consumer could face renal failure or even death….”

Read the entire post on the Haphazard Gourmet Girls’ blog here.

Gee, I wonder if those Italians know what they’re doing, making raw milk available to school children like those in the photo above?

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