Friday, July 30, 2010
Raw Milk Moooooves Me.
As with all things controversial, I am a firm believer in every person's right to choose what is best for them. I listened to a recent news 'blip' on NPR recently, where they discussed -- well, discussion is not what the radio offers any longer -- let's just say that they presented two, short, unsurprising viewpoints from two unsurprising sources. Neither did the subject justice. On the Pro side, there was a new-agey mother who gallops off to the local dairy (in another state) with her two-year-old to buy raw milk for his snack. She is outraged that she can buy fast food around every corner and not find raw milk in her neighborhood. She does not explain in any detail why she feels she needs to drink raw milk. As a matter of fact, she doesn't indicate whether she drinks it herself. On the Anti side, they dusted off a government official who said what all government officials say - "we are protecting you from yourself; we know what's best; you will get sick and may die if you drink raw milk." I was very disappointed that NPR did not take the opportunity to illuminate more of the benefits with someone knowledgeable on the topic, while finding someone who could make a more compelling argument for why one shouldn't drink it. (Hippie me speaking here again.)
I ordered The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid from the library, as I read a review by Joann Grohman, written in her unmistakably intelligent and well-informed manner, and it piqued my interest. It is a very compelling read. If you are interested in the subject, I would suggest you read this book, as well as any one of Mrs. Grohman's articles on the subject. You can find her web site here: real-food.com She is the poster woman for a raw milk diet. In her early 80s, she writes and commentates on a variety of subjects, while milking her own Jersey cow twice a day, every day, in every kind of weather. She has, if you will, written THE book on milk cows and raw milk. For anyone seriously considering adding raw milk to their diet, I would say this -- make sure you are informed. Doing your due diligence, using common sense and making informed decisions will keep you in good stead. I know my farmer's cows, I have watched him milk them, he and his father and his grandfather before him have raised their families on their own raw milk. That's good enough for me.