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“Raw Milk” Movement Gains Adherents, If Not Governmental Support

April 15, 2010: 03:09 AM EST
Though bucking scientific evidence, medical case history and state and federal laws, the trend toward consuming unpasteurized cow’s milk is slowly gaining adherents in the U.S., thanks to the Internet. So-called “raw milk” advocates believe the untreated product can cure a variety of disorders, including asthma and gastrointestinal problems. But public health officials beg to differ, noting that unpasteurized milk is laden with germs, including dangerous campylobacter bacteria, and is especially hazardous to children. Only ten states have legalized retail sale of unpasteurized milk. The rest have either banned it outright or allow it only on farms via "cow-share" arrangements. Nevertheless, increasingly vocal proponents are stubborn. "I have seen more kids directly harmed by vaccines," says one advocate. "I've never seen anybody whose kids were harmed by raw milk."
Elizabeth Weise, "'Raw milk' advocates, health officials step up dispute ", USA TODAY, April 15, 2010, © USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc
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