Raw milk (that is, milk that’s unprocessed and non-homogenized) is thought of among some people as a natural treatment for allergies, asthma, and some stomach problems. According to The Los Angeles Times, the FDA thinks it’s dangerous to consume because of the risk of E coli and other dangerous bacteria. In fact, last March, 13 people fell ill in Michigan because of tainted raw milk.
The FDA has prohibited sale of raw milk across state lines, but raw milk currently can be sold in 27 states. Proponents of raw milk, who are largely health-conscious moms, believe that they should have the right to choose what kind of milk they and their families drink. In some states, you can buy the milk in stores; in others, you have to go straight to the source – family farms. There are even secret sales of raw milk in states where it’s prohibited.
It seems like a conundrum: People want to drink raw milk because of the health benefits, and the government wants to prohibit its sale because of the health risks. Cigarettes, alcohol, and high-fructose corn syrup all pose serious health risks, and they aren’t illegal. Should raw milk be banned?
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