We usually try to stay up to date on the raw milk scene but it’s not often we get to scoop tomorrow’s news today. Here’s a story from tomorrow’s L.A. Times, by Elena Conis, dated March 2, 2009. And today is March 1. Are those folks in the city of Angels getting ahead of themselves or are they just doing “the Time Warp“?
“More and more consumers are forgoing standard milk in favor of “raw” milk, milk that’s unpasteurized and unhomogenized, essentially straight from the udder of the cow.
Some seek out raw milk for its reportedly creamier, richer taste, but more choose it because they believe it’s more healthful, a “living” food that can help fend off many illnesses, as varied as allergies and cancer. “Raw milk consumers are dedicated to building their immune systems,” says Mark McAfee, founder of Organic Pastures, a raw dairy in Fresno.
The claims sound innocent enough, but the sale of raw milk is illegal in nearly two dozen states, and federal regulations prohibit producers in states where raw milk is legal, including California, from shipping it over state lines. The Food and Drug Administration cautions consumers against raw milk consumption and last year began cracking down on dairies, including McAfee’s, for illegal distribution across state lines. (Organic Pastures pleaded guilty to the charge but continues to sell raw milk products — legally — throughout California.) Continue reading