Raw milk consumers trust farmers over health officialsSubmitted by Criscoih on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 09:04
Forget ‘crying over it,’ the way federal health officials portray the potential health risks of unprocessed milk might have some scrambling for a HazMat suit and respirator if faced with an overturned glass. Interestingly, however, a new study puts into stark relief the disconnect between the government who says: “raw milk, unconscionably bad,” and raw milk consumers who categorically respond with: “but its good for me”.
That there is a segment of the American population which actually prefers to drink milk in the raw continues to frustrate some health officials. What’s even more vexing for officialdom is that the vast majority of raw milk consumers don’t seem to care what government food safety experts have to say about the risks associated with any of their dietary choices (in spite of several federal agencies’ best educational efforts).
This, according to a survey of raw-milk-regulars published in the March issue of Food Protection Trends. Out of 56 raw milk proponents who responded to a Michigan State University questionnaire (an admittedly small sample), 52 said they don’t trust health officials’ food safety recommendations.