Beginning in 2006, the agriculture departments of several large states- with backing from the U.S. FDA- launched a major crackdown on small dairies producing raw milk. This crackdown was designed to stop the supply of unpasteurized milk to growing legions of consumers demanding healthier and more flavorful food.
DESCRIPTION: "The Raw Milk Revolution" Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, by David Gumpert (254 pages, paperback) takes readers behind the scenes of the government's tough and occasionally brutal crackdown on raw milk dairies, as seen through the eyes of milk producers, government regulators, scientists, prosecutors and consumers.
On one side it is a disturbing story involving dubious police tactics, questionable lab results and marginally legal investigation techniques, with young children used as political pawns in a highly charged atmosphere of fear and retribution; on the other, it inspires us by introducing us to heroes and heroines, fighting for one of the most fundamental of liberties, the right to choose our food.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the truth behind raw milk and the governments involvement in trying to deny us our right to choose what we put on our plates and in our body.
Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights
By David E. Gumpert
face it-most of us are not scientists. How do we know whether raw milk
is safe for our children to drink? We don't know. Many folks and some
studies claim that there are real benefits to drinking raw milk.
However, even if there are, what about the risk? Is it a factor or not?
The answer to this question is not located in the pages of this book.
In fact, you may have begun the book with a firm conviction, but ended
it confused. You thought raw milk was safe, but what about those kids
in such and such a state? Or, you thought you would never serve your
children raw milk, but what about those kids who recovered from such
and such an ailment the minute they started drinking it?
David Gumpert doesn't know the answers. He doesn't take a stand. He
simply documents the events that have transpired since the 1970's when
folks began to question the usefulness of pasteurization. How
interesting could that be? You have no idea!
It's hard to believe some of the lengths the authorities in this country
have gone to in order to keep us from drinking raw milk. You could
understand this if we were talking about drugs, but we are not. We are
talking about a food that has been consumed in it's natural state for
thousands of years. Folks who want nothing more than to provide their
children with healthy food are buying it on the "black market" like it was a drug.
you think we are exaggerating, we are not. Read this book and you will
see just how complicated and charged with emotion the raw milk issue
has become. Farmers are being taken to jail, prosecuted, convicted,
fined and ordered to cease and desist selling raw milk, even when their
customers have bought shares in their cows and signed releases (as
consenting adults)! We may not be scientists, but we know this is
We think consumers should be able to make choices for themselves and
their children about what they eat. We think farmers should be able to
get licenses to sell unpasteurized milk if they follow fair guidelines
to ensure safety. Of course, dairy farms must be strictly regulated and
frequently inspected. However, statistically speaking, eating hot dogs
is 10 times as dangerous as drinking raw milk. Maybe we should be
dragging hot dog vendors out of the ball parks and taking them to jail!
In the end, this is a book review and not a call to arms. We recommend
David Gumpert's book because it is a good read about a very
controversial subject. After you've read it, please let us know what
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