Update, March 16, 2012: I have just published a commentary on this with the Carolina Journal, the media arm of the John Locke Foundation. Read “The Absurdity of Raw Milk Prohibition” here.
March 9, 2012
Given that my father has milked a cow on the family farm in New Zealand for more than 30 years, the notion that raw milk is illegal in some places has always struck me as absurd. However, some individuals—ones that I do not understand—see it differently and want to send the police after innocent people who trade in raw milk.
Since confrontations over raw milk have been making so much news in North America, along with the tragic court cases involved, I devoted one of our recent episodes solely to this issue. Click below to hear the first hour (MP3), which was an interview with Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. (Please pardon the audio quality, which we were not able to resolve that evening. I would include the entire show below, but the second hour became unbearable in terms of audio quality.)[audio:http://thestatelessman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/TSM29Feb2012-Part1.mp3|titles=Sally Fallon Morell]
Fortunately, awareness that raw milk is both safe and healthy is growing, as is civil disobedience against its prohibition. Additionally, there are many nations, particularly in Europe, where raw milk is both legal and commonplace. In this regard, they are light years ahead of North America and put other jurisdictions to shame. They also show the viability of voting with one’s feet, given how different aspects of freedom vary so greatly depending on the location. Consider this option in France:
With so many eager guests, we were not able to squeeze them all into the two hours. That meant I interviewed Phil Ridley of London’s Weston A. Price Foundation independently. He spoke about raw milk availability in Great Britain and his upcoming Wise Traditions Conference, on March 17 to 18. Click below—17 minutes, MP3: (This was through Skype, so it doesn’t have the audio problems that occurred during the show.)[audio:http://thestatelessman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PhilRidley.mp3|titles=Phil Ridley]
The other guests included:
- Vernon Hershberger, a farmer facing trial in Wisconsin. He encouraged people to support the Raw Milk Freedom Riders—a group of mothers participating in civil disobedience and holding rallies in his defense.
- Elisabeth Ryan of Sheridans Cheesemongers and the Campaign for Raw Milk, Ireland.
- Glen Bradley, a pro-liberty legislator in North Carolina, United States of America.
More recently, I testified on this matter before a legislative committee in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sitting through such meetings is hardly my favorite thing to do, but at least these legislators will know the reality of the draconian raw milk prohibition in their state (four minutes, MP3).[audio:http://thestatelessman.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/RawMilkTestimony.mp3|titles=Fergus Hodgson]