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Raw Milk In Missouri: No Sales to Strangers

Written by Gary North on October 24, 2012

The Missouri Milk Board does not like unpasteurized milk. Milk boards never do. Neither do public health departments.

Why not? Because pasteurization reduces the risk of milk-borne disease. Such a disease threatens the independence of the regulators. They get blamed. And, as a secondary effect, people get sick. But the key to understanding the war on raw milk is to understand bureaucrats’ desire to reduce career risk. If this means trampling on the rights of raw milk drinkers, tough udder.

The Milk Board went after one producer. It used a 1972 law to restrict sales. It is legal for him to sell to people who are customers. The Milk Board said he had to deliver milk to their door — making it very expensive. His customers could not come to a central location, such as a parking lot or a food co-op.

A judge has overturned the Board’s ruling. The producer is now allowed to sell milk to someone who knows him. Yes, even in a parking lot.

It took three years of legal defense work to get this much freedom.

Now, if he uses the Internet, he can let people know who he is. They can place orders online and pick up their milk in a parking lot.

This kind of liberty is a threat to bureaucrats. It gets people used to buying what they want. This Internet thing. Where will it stop? Bureaucrats want to nip this in the bud. So far, it refuses to get nipped.

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11 thoughts on “Raw Milk In Missouri: No Sales to Strangers

  1. to bad they don't tell the whole truth i was raised on farm fresh milk i'm now 70 in good health so i guess it didn't hurt me

  2. Funny how all the salmonella and E. coli outbreaks we've heard about in recent years involve items like tomatoes, spinach, peppers, ice cream, etc., all of which went through government-approved inspections in government-approved facilities.

  3. Yes. And some of these outbreaks involved "organic" produce. Go figure!!

  4. adamenochnoah says:

    I no longer support anything the criminal cabal running our country does. In the state I live in, Romney has a overwhelming lead so I am able to vote my conscience without damaging his chance of being elected unless my candidate wins. With that in mind, I just cast my vote for Gary Johnson & Jim Gray, & I voted for the only 2 other Libertarians on the ticket. On all with the exception of one, I voted None of the Above for the Democrats & Republicans. The one Republican that I voted for was to replace the Democrat David Scott in the Congressional House of Representatives because I regard him as one of the most corrupt Representatives in DC, & voting Republican was the only real option to try to unseat him…

    As a former life-long Republican, I can now tell everyone that it felt really good to kick the corrupt two-party system out the door, even though I have only one vote to be counted…

  5. Bill Smith says:

    Please give it a rest Adam.

  6. On the contrary, Adam understands that this two-party system is just a Punch-n-Judy show in which we get to choose from CFR Team A and CFR Team B.

  7. Texas Chris says:

    And meat.

  8. Texas Chris says:

    Yes, but Adam pasts this into every comment section.

  9. adamenochnoah says:

    Yes & just for youuuu…

  10. Milk-borne illnesses involving raw milk didn't begin until the onset of urbanization, where city dairies kept cows in cramped conditions and sanitary conditions were quite bad. Illness spread through a city herd quickly in those cases. Plus, there was money to be made selling those pasteurization machines and those homogenization machines.

    Pasteurization completely destroys the protective enzymes present in raw milk and denatures the proteins, while homogenization destroys the complex lipid structure of milk fats. The end product is a frankenfood which offers little nutritional benefit and creates allergies and food intolerance in a large number of people.

  11. It makes one wonder if the government tainted these items??