There ought to be a law… keeping kids safe from their parents, and raw milk

From Dr. Richard Raymond, former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2005-2008) on Bill Marler’s “Real Raw Milk Facts” website:

“….In Colorado, it is illegal to sell raw, unpasteurized goats’ or cows’ milk, but the people who fell ill and the farmer got around this by what is called the Goat Share Program. You buy a share of a goat (or cow) for a set price and get a set amount of milk in return. And you pay a “boarding fee” on top of that to cover the farmers’ costs and labor. So it is technically your goat, I guess, and therefore you are not violating the law by “buying milk.”

Laws are written for a reason, usually to help keep us safe. Parents who find ways to circumvent the laws should be held responsible when their children suffer because of their actions.

That said, I do believe people should have the right to purchase what they want, as long as it is legal. But I also know that the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and nearly every other public health organization do not endorse consuming raw milk.

But to buy this product and feed it to your children? Might as well lock them in your car on a 100 degree day while you stop by the casino to try and win the jackpot.

So why did I write this story about a person’s right to eat or drink what s/he wants? Two reasons.

First, the kids who fall ill — and they seem to be the ones always hit the hardest and hospitalized — did not really make an informed choice. Their parents made that choice for them.

Because parents and other adults do not always make the right choice for their kids, we have laws that protect children by requiring childhood immunizations, requiring child restraints in cars, requiring smoke-free public buildings and restaurants, and banning the purchase of liquor for consumption by children.

It should also be against the law to purchase unpasteurized milk for consumption by children.  Period.

Second, I want the same choice when I buy beef. I want to choose between pasteurized and unpasteurized. But I don’t have that choice because of the opposition by consumer groups to whole carcass, low dose, irradiation of beef….”

Read the whole story on Real Raw Milk Facts.

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7 responses to “There ought to be a law… keeping kids safe from their parents, and raw milk

  1. I do believe people should have the right to purchase what they want, as long as it is legal.

    It should also be against the law to purchase unpasteurized milk for consumption by children. Period.

    In summary, you can do what you want as long as it’s legal but I’m flexing every autocratic muscle in my body to make sure it’s illegal.
    What an ignorant man, thinking he can make the world safe through sterility.

  2. John Mills

    Every word of “Richard’s” essay is nonsense. I could break it down sentence by sentence but I’ve not the time to give. Clearly he has no clue. He bases his so called facts on the usual government/corporate mandated propaganda that has been debunked over and over. He ends with this sentence:

    “Some day our grandchildren will look back and wonder how we could have been so ignorant to drink unpasteurized milk and eat unpasteurized beef.”

    No Richard. The opposite will be true, your’e just too shortsighted and ignorant to realise it.

    • Indeed. It will be more like:
      Some day our grandchildren will look back and wonder how we could have been so ignorant and dishonored our food system so much as to need stop-gap measures like pasteurization.

  3. thebovine

    I have a friend who says he watches TV “to see what the sheep are being fed”. I think it’s always good to take an interest in other points of view, to see how the status quo is being justified.

  4. Ugh. Spoiled my day. Too bad there’s no comment form on the referenced page. I seem to recall some place where you can post feedback to Marler’s Clowns, because I’ve done it before.

  5. Royce Hamer

    You have heard this before but I was raised on raw milk from birth to age 23 and cannot remember any form of illness with exception of Chicken pox and measles. Life was good and the work was hard but a tall glass of raw milk was like a meal. I never got this feeling with pasteurized milk that we drank when the farm was sold.

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