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.