18 November 2010

The Nanny State

Are you aware that, in Indiana, it is illegal to "buy, barter, sell, or trade for any particle of unpasteurized" dairy product?  Seriously.  And no, I'm not going to get into a discussion of whether or not it is appropriate to drink the stuff.  I'll just say, in New Hampshire (where I was raised, and where my parents still live) a farmer can sell up to 25 gallons A DAY of raw milk, without any government oversight whatsoever.  And you really don't hear about people dying like flies as a result. ( If you'd like more information regarding why someone would choose to drink raw milk, I recommend The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows, and Raw Dairy Products, by Ron Schmid.)

Well, apparently in California the government likes to dictate what people may or may not consume also (surprise, surprise), and this is the result:



Gosh, I am SO glad that we have our government to take such good care of us, and tell us exactly what we should and shouldn't eat!  Because, you know, scientists have such a great history of never needing to take back anything they have to say about what constitutes a healthy diet!  Next thing you know, they'll be delivering our meals in boxes to make sure everyone eats the right thing, so we can all qualify for the government-run health insurance.

That will probably happen right after they make it illegal for women to birth anywhere except in the hospital.  Because what kind of a negligent loon of a parent would do anything else?  But that's a rant for another day.

2 comments:

  1. I grew up on a dairy farm as well and drank raw milk until I moved away. Never had any adverse side effects from it. Maybe God should have put pasteurizers in udders. Next we will have to pasteurize breast milk.

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  2. I suspect that they'd just require all babies to be bottle fed, before they'd get mothers to pasteurize their milk. In Canada, a dairy farmer can't legally give milk from his own cows to his own family to drink. He can drink it himself, but it's illegal to give it to his family. How crazy is that?

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