I do think it's important that consumers go to the farm where they are getting their milk, but I also think that people should be free to do as they please. If people want to take the risk of buying milk from a farm that they have never seen, that should be their choice. The bill is really a freedom issue, not a raw milk issue. But of course it ended up being a hearing about the legitimacy of raw milk. While I firmly believe in raw milk, there may be times when pasteurization would be a better option for human consumption.
One of the testimonies yesterday was from the president of the Dairy Association. He was trying to convince the board that pasteurized milk is a better product. He said that, on his farm, his calves were having so many health challenges that he has been pasteurizing the milk he feeds to his calves and now they are living happily, without all the health problems they had previously. Can you imagine?!! Then he went on to say that he and his family have also stopped drinking raw milk (for the past year). First of all, his cows must be really sick if he has to pasteurize the milk he feeds to his calves. Secondly, it's a GOOD thing his family quit drinking it!! In this case, pasteurizing their milk before they drink it may be a safer option for them.
|Representative Ron Schimanski gave our group a tour of the capital|