Amanda Rose was the sole consumer representative invited to be a presenter and panel member at the recent American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Raw Milk Symposium in Seattle. The AVMA folks also asked her to prepare a survey of consumer attitudes to present at the Symposium. This is an excerpt from her retrospective on the experience. Thanks to Matti for the link!
First, an abstract from Amanda’s presentation: “Raw milk advocates cite the regulatory restrictions across the country as impeding the right of consumers to choose raw milk. However, this limitation on consumer behavior would be better defined as an issue of “free access.”
“Choice” is a psychological process whereby consumers decide to consume raw milk over some other food product. This paper makes the distinction between “access” and “choice” where “access” is the structural barrier to the purchase of raw milk, structures typically built by government regulators. Continue reading