I understand why we have food regulations. I'm not some extremist nut-job who says we should have no regulation of any kind. Places that process food should be inspected for cleanliness, food and ingredient lists should be evaluated for accuracy, and animal living conditions should be regulated (far more than they are now, but that is neither here nor there). But I officially think we've crossed the line.
And I say we because we all have to take responsibility for the actions of a democratic government. I don't care what you think you should drink personally, but do you feel that people should have the right to buy it?
Because I can't understand for the life of me how government officials can justify it NOT being legal. Because the people who buy raw milk aren't haphazardly coming across it and buying it because it's all they can afford- on the contrary, raw milk is hard to find and expensive, and the only people who go out of their way to buy it have done extensive research and have weighed the risks vs the benefits. Why shouldn't they have that right?
Do they think they're protecting us from ourselves? Because the more I read the more of a risk drinking conventional milk is. In fact, given the heightened cancer risk from drinking conventional milk, one could say more people die each year from drinking conventional milk than they do from drinking raw milk (which contains significantly lower amounts of hormones).
Do they have the interests of conventional dairy farms in mind? Because I highly doubt the small number of people who want raw dairy will make much of a dent in the business of big dairy (unfortunately...).
I don't get it. I just don't get it.