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Dear Senators,

My parents insisted that we drink raw milk when we were kids. We were poor, but they thought the extra trouble to get it and the expense was worth it.
My mother was a registered nurse and my dad had worked as a farm hand in upstate New York. Though we moved to California, when we visited our farmer friends in New York, we drank milk right from the cow! And then at meals there were chilled pitchers of the freshest milk ever. Heavenly.

Sometimes, when money was really tight, my dad would mix up a batch of powdered skim milk and then put in an equal amount of raw milk. They raised
4 healthy kids to adulthood.

There are studies that show that raw milk is actually better for children than is pasteurized milk. People were not dying off in droves when all Americans drank raw milk before the days of pasteurization, at least not from raw milk. It seems like the big corporate pasteurized dairy industry has bullied state legislatures and health officials into believing that raw milk is dangerous.

Raw milk contains many more nutrients and helpful bacteria and enzymes than does pasteurized milk. Pasteurization kills nearly all of the enzymes in milk; it greatly degrades the quality of the calcium in milk, making it much less soluble; it destroys all of the helpful bacteria in milk; it destroys all of the Vitamin A in milk; it destroys about half of the Vitamin B complex in milk; and it significantly degrades the Vitamin C in milk.

Every time there is a case of infection from raw milk, health authorities issue dire warnings against all raw milk, even though such cases are actually quite rare. Yet, when far more serious, widespread cases of infection from pasteurized milk occur, health authorities don't launch a campaign to shut down all pasteurized milk plants--no, they go to the producer in question and work with him to fix the problem so it doesn't happen again, or, if necessary, they shut down that specific producer. Why can't health officials adopt that same reasonable approach toward raw milk?
If you're interested in some facts about raw milk, you might read some articles about it. Here is a link: http://www.raw-milk-facts.com

The California state court ruling blocked enforcement of California's anti-raw milk AB 1735, which mandates unnecessarily stringent standards for beneficial coliform bacteria in raw milk. The temporary restraining order represents an important legal victory for raw milk producers and consumers in California and throughout the nation.

People should have the right to chose to drink raw milk. Considering that it costs more and is harder to get, only people who really want raw milk are going to be "subjected" to it. Corporate interests should not be allowed to use our government's resources to persecute their competition.

M.S. from California

Dear Maryland Attorney General's Office:

I am writing to say that I think your office's opposition to raw-milk cow-share agreements is wrong and unwarranted. The health argument is invalid. There have been more cases of bacterial infection (including salmonella) from pasteurized milk than there have been from raw milk. There have also been more cases of contamination from "USDA-approved" beef and pork than there have been from raw milk. What's next: Should we prohibit restaurants from serving steaks medium-rare and rare because such meat may very well contain "harmful bacteria"?

It is especially amazing to hear Maryland health authorities claim that raw milk can be harmful to children, when there are studies that show that raw milk is actually better for children than is pasteurized milk. And, pray tell, were people dying off in droves during the many decades when all Americans drank raw milk before the days of pasteurization? You might do a little research into how the big corporate pasteurized dairy industry bamboozled state legislatures and health officials into believing that raw milk was dangerous.

In point of fact, raw milk contains many more nutrients and helpful bacteria and enzymes than does pasteurized milk. Pasteurization kills nearly all of the enzymes in milk; it greatly degrades the quality of the calcium in milk, making it much less soluble; it destroys all of the helpful bacteria in milk; it destroys all of the Vitamin A in milk; it destroys about half of the Vitamin B complex in milk; and it significantly degrades the Vitamin C in milk.

Every time there is a case of infection from raw milk, health authorities issue dire warnings against all raw milk, even though such cases are actually quite rare. Yet, when far more serious, widespread cases of infection from pasteurized milk occur, health authorities don't launch a campaign to shut down all pasteurized milk plants--no, they go to the producer in question and work with him to fix the problem so it doesn't happen again, or, if necessary, they shut down that specific producer. Why can't health officials adopt that same reasonable approach toward raw milk?

If you're interested in some facts about raw milk, you might read the following articles:

"The Health Benefits of Raw Milk"
by Randolph Jonsson, Bachelor of Science in Biology
http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/
raw_milk_health_benefits.html

"Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk"
An article that appeared in the British medical journal Armchair Science
http://www.realmilk.com/rawvpasteur.html

"Which Do You Choose? Raw Certified Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk"
An article from the Weston A. Price Foundation's Campaign for Real Milk website
http://www.realmilk.com/whichchoose.html

"Supplemental Report in Favor of Raw Milk"
A scientific report presented to the LA County Board of Supervisors regarding the arguments for and against raw milk
http://www.karlloren.com/aajonus/p15.htm

"The 'Experts' Are Wrong About Raw Milk"
by Dr. Joseph Mercola
http://www.mercola.com/2006/sep/7/
the_expert_are_wrong_about_raw_milk.htm

(site requires free registration)

"A Brief History of Raw Milk"
by Randolph Jonsson
http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/milk_history.html

Scientific References on the Benefits of Raw Milk
http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/scientific_refs.html

Rather than waste your time trying to limit people's access to something as healthy and natural as raw milk, you might put more effort into fighting real crime.