New Law Permits Farmers to Sell More Raw Milk

US - For years, people have stopped by Applecheek Farm to buy milk -- straight from the cow.
calendar icon 30 June 2008
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They consider it more nutritious than pasteurized milk. Now, a new law allows farmer John Clark to sell even more -- up to 50 quarts a day -- and to advertise it, but he hopes one day it will be more.

"Hopefully, it can expand so consumers can have a choice and farmers can have a choice," said Clark. "Farmers can have the choice to sell it and consumers can have the choice to buy it without limitations, and let it be a consumer and farmer relationship choice and not a bureaucratic choice."

Demand for unpasteurized milk has grown in recent years as consumers -- worried about chemicals and hormones used in traditional dairy farming -- seek alternatives. Raw milk advocates say it's more nutritious, easier to digest than pasteurized milk, builds immunity and protects children from asthma.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sees it more as a poison.

Source: Boston Globe
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