Raw Is Risky for Dairymen and Consumers
Jun 07, 2013
While I make the transition to 1% milk, surprisingly there are people who seem to really want to consume raw milk. Personally I can’t imagine why anyone would prefer a non- pasteurized product and the health risks that go with it. However I do understand the reluctance to give up the right to make your own decisions. Each state decides whether to allow the sale of raw milk and I suspect much of the support of the idea has more to do with preserving the right to choose rather than how to best preserve milk. That' s fine as long as you are willing to accept the risks that go with raw milk consumption. Today’s consumers, not used to raw milk, may be getting more than they bargain for. If a problem occurs, are they going to blame someone else and not take responsibility for their choice? Many in today’s society are quick to blame and litigate. Personal responsibility is in short supply these days. No wonder many dairy producers don’t support the sale of raw milk. They realize the potential problems and negative publicity. While I respect the right for consumer choice, in this case the risk seems greater than the reward. While it is fashionable these days to want to go old school, it is also wise to remember that not everything in the "good old days" was good. I would put lack of pasteurization in that category.