On a lovely, sunny spring day Suzanne the cow happily grazed on the Boston Common.
A scene from the 1700s? No, it’s 2010!
On Monday, May 10, the Organic Consumer Alliance organized dairy farmers and raw milk supporters on the Boston Common with Suzanne the cow. They rallied for a continuation of raw milk buying clubs that deliver fresh unpasteurized milk from dairy farms to members. The Boston Common event preceded a hearing at the Massachusetts State house regarding a proposed ban on raw milk buying clubs. Dairy farmers and raw milk customers asserted their rights to sell directly from the farm and to buy the food that they want to consume. Since raw milk cannot be sold in stores in Massachusetts, unlike some other states, buying clubs help customers get direct access to raw milk from the farms.
I grew up on a family farm with one Jersey cow. Our family drank raw milk and enjoyed the cream and butter. It’s worth exploring the issues on unpasteurized milk as well as the opportunities that raw milk sales can offer to sustainable dairy farms. Find out what the laws are in your state, and make up your own mind. Click here to read an Ask Farm Aid column from 2008 on raw milk.