Here’s an excerpt from that interview, from the Marler Blog:
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“Bill Marler is a Seattle-based lawyer who specializes in cases of food-borne illness. He’s also the founder of a nonprofit consulting firm that teaches food companies how to make their food safer. He doesn’t blame raw foodists for wanting natural foods, but he disagrees that they’re safer.
The bugs that exist today aren’t the same as they were 50 years ago, he says. “It’s a different world, and you have to pay attention, especially for young children.” Continue reading
Here’s a story from North Carolina about raw milk “adherents” and the lengths to which they’ll go to get their preferred food. This is an excerpt from a story by Sara Burrows in the Carolina Journal:
“RALEIGH — Mothers, teachers, doctors, and church members are meeting their dealers in barns and on back doorsteps, paying cash for an illicit substance they say they just can’t live without: raw milk.
Yes, that’s right, milk – unpasteurized, nonhomogenized, raw milk. It’s illegal to sell for human consumption in North Carolina and 24 other states.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says drinking it is like “playing Russian roulette” and the state epidemiologist compares it to “heroin” and “mercury,” but a growing number of raw milk junkies say they will travel any distance and pay any price to obtain it. Some are prepared to go to court to protect what they claim is a right to consume raw milk.
Pasteurized milk, they say, just isn’t the same. They say pasteurization kills good bacteria, destroys enzymes necessary for absorbing vitamins and minerals, and denatures fragile proteins. Continue reading