I was going to leave these thoughts in comment-form on a blog, but…I have a bad habit of starting fights with what start out as simply curious questions.
Her blog post was simply a small rant on how ridiculous it is for Big Government to swoop in and tell us what we can and cannot eat (raw milk, in this case). Her point was that if she did her research, and believes the pros outweigh the cons, why SHOULDN’T she be allowed to choose what she eats?? (The sale of raw milk is illegal in her state. She loves raw milk and wishes she could still buy it.)
It got me thinking, though (and I’m going to word this carefully so I avoid weird Google hits), but don’t you think there are a lot of people out there wishing THEY could buy OTHER “illegal substances” and believe the pros outweigh the cons (medical m*riju*na anyone?)
I have not looked into raw milk at all, and I agree that if people would like to drink raw milk, then they should be able to drink raw milk. (I also think, just off the top of my head, that there had better be some guidelines for how that milk is handled, prior to sale.) What do you guys think? Are you pro raw milk? Even if you’re not, are you frustrated that somewhere in Iowa a room full of lawyers and judges pleading the case that consumers should not be able to buy the foods that they want?
I can kind of see both arguments. Let’s put a different spin on this. Instead of raw milk, something a little more familiar? Wild mushrooms. How about that. Let’s say I love wild mushrooms. I do my research, and I go foraging. I am good at what I do, and I do just fine. Let’s say another woman DOESN’T do her research, and goes forth to forage…and ends up poisoning her family. Should there be a law in place to ban future families from gathering wild mushrooms, to avoid the same mistake? Or should we just chalk it up to Darwin’s Law already being satisfied and continue to allow the foraging of (possibly deadly) wild mushrooms?
Alright. Discuss. Thoughts on Raw Milk, and thoughts on Government Control over foods that we buy and consume. Go.