Regardless of your position on milk (raw vs pasteurized) I think all agree with the freedom to choose what's best for each individual. There are those that want to take that freedom away under the guise of food safety, namely S510. I've already contacted my senators to express opposition to this bill, but there's more to do. (If you haven't done so, please consider contacting your senators-the language in S510 is so broad that your backyard garden could be illegal.) A fellow blogger posted about an "inspection" going on at a dairy in Missouri. Their blog has the details. One reader has suggested an "un-cheese" party to help support them. She says:
************CYBER-SPACE UN-CHEESE PARTY!*************
Here's how to SPONSOR A CHEESE:
The average price per pound is $5. You can send your sponsorship checks or money orders directly to the dairy. Just let them know what the money is for, and a note of encouragement would certainly be appreciated.
6248 County Road 2980
Mountain View, MO
Or PayPal: You can paypal your cheese sponsorship to firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, folks, this is a PARTY, so INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, your neighbors, your mere acquaintances to join us!
Plaster the message on other boards you frequent, put it on your Facebook Status, make a YouTube video and hey! maybe it'll go viral!
We have to stand together as raw milk consumers and producers, or we WILL see the day where we can't even grow food for our own consumption!
Let's get Morningland back on its feet -
SAVE THE CHEESE!!!
A related story about this is found here:
MILK IS A TOXIC SUBSTANCE?
I've read several stories of raw dairy farms being "inspected" simply because their milk is raw, yet far fewer people get sick from consuming raw milk than pasteurized. If you're not familiar with the benefits of raw milk and would like to know more, I suggest starting at the Weston A Price Foundation's website. Still, regardless of your thoughts about raw milk, contact your senator to oppose S510 and consider sending $5 to the people at Morningland Dairy.