Well, that may be an exaggeration, but it won’t be long before they do. All to “protect the children”. I can imagine that pretty soon California will mandate that all human breast milk must be pasteurized before a baby can drink it.
I’m not an alarmist. I don’t see conspiracies around every corner. But I do see an entrenched dairy industry that is trying to eliminate the grass-fed, raw milk industry in California. There are studies after studies that show that raw milk (non-pasteurized) from grass-fed cows is fantastic food. The pasteurization is what kills all the good stuff. It has to be handled correctly at the dairy, this is true. I invite anyone interested to go to http://www.realmilk.com/ and read for yourself the volume of research on this topic. Here’s what Sandy Fallon, advocate for raw milk says, and I find it compelling: “Officials cite health risks to raw milk but once milk has been pasteurized, all the anti-microbial and immune-supporting components are reduced or destroyed.” I like this San Francisco mom’s reasoning about raw milk on her blog. Check it out here: Raw Milk and Cheese: I switched
The anti-raw milk hype on this topic is stifling, but try to see past it and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The problem with this type of milk is that it is very expensive to produce, but when people study about it, they DEMAND it. California has been a leader in allowing people the choice to buy raw milk, now legislation has been passed that will effectively end raw milk sales in CA.
They are very clever in how the crafted this legislation. Keep in mind that dairies can test every batch of milk they produce for the presence of any pathogenic bacteria directly. There needn’t be any guesswork. But the state of California now mandates that there be virtually no bacteria (pathogenic or not) present in the milk, or it won’t be “certified”. This is a bogus test. Raw milk will have bacteria, just not pathogenic bacteria. This legislation seems aimed squarely at ending the ability of individuals to purchase something shown to be healthful. Check out this article on this new law in CA.