The raw milk debate: what do you think about it? :)

DreamWolf DreamWolf
Sure it can have things in it what MAY be harmful to you...

But I just can't see the point of making it practically illegal in many states as it looks like it has just as many benefits to one's health...

For example those who have asthma and consume raw milk don't have such problems anymore - and my OnlyMaster being One of those people, unfortunately having asthma too - well, yes, you can drink specific herbal teas, eat an apple a day, have some horse radish and honey all the time - but it just looks pretty scary how foods what have been pretty safe in general over history are becoming less and less available to those who can't afford to have a cow or goat to enjoy the benefits of such things, having to buy raw milk from someone else, and see it is totally illegal in some states... ~growls

So anyway... Am just curious about the opinions of you, dear EF members, and how you see this whole topic... ~smiles shy
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I think that no matter what, raw milk should be legal everywhere!
4  (29%)
I think that raw milk should be outlawed, everywhere!
I think that it is all fine how it is now, you can always decide to move to another state if you really want that milk, or you can just decide to change lifestyle and have some cows or goats...
I think that it shouldn't be totally illegal like it is now in some places, but it should be regulated in a specific way anyway. for example this way...
8  (57%)
I don't see the point of this, you can ALWAYS find other ways to replace raw milk for health benefits!
Honestly? I don't give a heck, because the whole topic doesn't effect my life in any ways, and I don't care what's up with other people!
1  (7%)
Other? :)
1  (7%)
Total votes: 14
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10/19/2012
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Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
Drink it at your own risk, honey. It's good when it's raw milk from small farms, but in production companies today, it HAS to be pasteurized. Small farms, however, no big.
10/19/2012
Mwar Mwar
Personally, I don't care since I don't drink milk.

Human beings don't need milk, and only in places like the US do we drink it in large amounts. Still, if someone had their own cow, they should be allowed to drink the milk. So long as warnings are posted, I think people should make their own choices.
10/19/2012
natashaanime natashaanime
I think to each their own. If they want to drink raw milk then it is their personal decision.
10/19/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Milk may not be ESSENTIAL after infanthood, but unprocessed, raw milk is one of the most nutritious foods in existence. This is actually a topic I'm very passionate about. Milk from factory farms should ALWAYS be pasteurized or else people WOULD get sick. Milk from healthy cows grazing on grass, milked in a sanitary environment, is another matter entirely. Did you know that even with pasteurization, there have been mass outbreaks of illness? The milk can become contaminated after pasteurization. RAW milk, on the other hand, is very resistant to pathogens because it hasn't been sterilized. The "good" bacteria effectively outnumber any bad it may come in contact with and keep them in check. Raw milk is high in not only probiotics but vitamin B12, calcium, and undenatured protein. It does not cause allergies in most people, like pasteurized milk can and does. Also, the taste is amazing. I encourage anyone with access to raw milk to try it. In some states you can buy it in the grocery store, in some you can participate in what's called a "herdshare" effectively leasing a cow, and in some access is sadly restricted to those who can keep their own cow. I fall into the second category right now. When I lived in WA I bought raw milk from the store. There it's regulated and tested for safety. Unfortunately I don't feel comfortable with the situation in Ohio. There are no regulations of any kind.. Not that I don't feel that milk from small, carefully managed farms isn't safe, but I want the peace of mind of knowing that it's been tested.
10/20/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
I think the FDA is responsible for more American deaths than alqueda. If they want to throw people in jail for not poisoning themselves there is something wrong with the system yes
10/20/2012
CuteDee CuteDee
I think the FDA lies about food anyways... Its all a joke! = ( Just be careful what you eat and wash stuff really good.
10/20/2012
wetone123 wetone123
I had this debate a year ago on Eden. Now I will not drink milk at all...People should not be regulated on what they consume. Period! Since when did the FDA start pretending they really care about our health anyway? We were fine for 100s of years without the things they put into our milk now.
10/20/2012
wetone123 wetone123
Quote:
Originally posted by CuteDee
I think the FDA lies about food anyways... Its all a joke! = ( Just be careful what you eat and wash stuff really good.
And the joke is on we the people. That's the sad part
10/20/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Sure it can have things in it what MAY be harmful to you...

But I just can't see the point of making it practically illegal in many states as it looks like it has just as many benefits to one's health...

For example those who ... More
LOL. I loved the options. The "I just don't give a heck..." was just funny to me. Not in a bad way, just.. okay, it's late! Lol.

I just went with other. Sorry. The word raw milk makes me gag, but that is only because I'm a sensitive freak about milk. It's just one of those things I can't ingest very well, unless it's in cereal or well concealed in chocolate flavors or in coffee, that way I don't have to KNOW it's there. Lol. Out of sight out of mind?

But I chose other because I'd want to know more about these health risks. However, why outlaw it? People can make their own wise enough decisions. For Pete's sake, you can buy alcohol/smokes, but no raw milk? Surely it's not as bad for your health as those things, and this is coming from a smoker!

I agree with you wholeheartedly on how it's becoming so tough to get good, natural healthy things. Shit, you can't even buy organic fruit without going through heck. We almost have no healthy options. They're always taken away.

I don't know if it's outlawed here in GA, but we're like cow-freakin-city. It's not uncommon for me to wake up, walk outside and see a cow (or two) standing in my yard. Lol. OR in the middle of the damn road. That is annoying, but always a funny experience. We have pastures everywhere, one only right across my road. I can see cows if I look out my window.

Okay, off topic again. Um... oh yeah. So I do think it sounds possibly absurd to outlaw raw milk. Perhaps I don't know enough though, but I doubt my opinion would change. I would love for more healthy food/drink choices to be available, but you know the truth. You mentioned how it's healthy for you (asthma stuff. That's awesome. I actually did not know that!) and you mentioned how it's becoming or is scarcely available, the raw milk. Hmmm.. We know why. Because if people can be healthy and treat themselves (your lovie's asthma being treated by the raw milk, my IBS and endometriosis being treated by something as simple as Aloe vera plant!) then how do they make their billions of $ off of us and our dire need for their un-natural, harmful products or drugs. Also, if we're bombarded with only unhealthy choices as for food, we're certainly gonna need those doctor's even more = more billions.

I do some studying in Ayurveda medicine and that is how I've learned that the natural foods and stuff we were given, and are basically free, they're discouraged by healthcare because well, again, where will they get their billions. Notice a natural product that heals some health condition cannot be sold or if it is, it's not "FDA approved," and therefore most people are under the impression it's very bad for you! We've got it totally backwards.

Anyways, I like this post. I see where you are coming from, and I'm intrigued by your knowledge, my dear!

And really, outlawing raw milk? Why do that when it being available is not harming those who do not wish to consume it, but it'd still be available for those who do need/want it. That's just absurd sounding to me.

Is raw milk outlawed in your area? I'm getting curious about whether or not it is in mine. I kind of doubt it, but I've never seen raw milk for sale or anything like that. Again, there are benefits to raw milk being outlawed -- only those benefits do not benefit you or anyone else that's not one of the billion dollar healthcare mess.

Did I make a lick of sense? Make me go to bed, now before I do something crazy. Lol.
10/20/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
Sure it can have things in it what MAY be harmful to you...

But I just can't see the point of making it practically illegal in many states as it looks like it has just as many benefits to one's health...

For example those who ... More
To each his/her own. This isn't an important topic to me.
10/20/2012
Total posts: 11
Unique posters: 10