Er, no it doesn’t.
This news item comes from Alaska, home of such intellectual luminaries as Sarah Palin. Here, a couple of goat farmers have set up one of those infamous herd-share arrangements to supply raw milk to the small town of Petersburg. But why are people wanting to drink raw goats milk? According to the farmer, Tabitha Nelson, it’s because theirs is “quality milk that doesn’t have all that industrialized stuff in it”.
And people buy into this tosh. According to the same news report, Petersburg resident Gina Esposito owns a share of the milk and it’s worried about getting sick from processed milk. “The more you learn about where food comes from, the more paralyzed you feel about what you want to buy,” she said.
For those who haven’t heard of it before, herd-sharing is one of the ways some American states allow people to get around food safety laws prohibiting the sale of unpasteurised milk and milk products. All you have to do is buy a share in the herd and bingo! you’re no longer a customer but an owner and you’re merely sharing the products as a dividend of ownership.
I’ve written before about a cow-sharing scam in Tennessee:
The shocking story of an outbreak of E. coli O157 infection associated with the consumption of raw milk came to my attention as a result of a story on US Food Safety. Nine children became ill after drinking raw milk from a farm in Knox County, in a state where it is illegal to sell unpasteurised milk. Five of those children require hospital treatment and three went on to develop the severe, and irreversible, consequences of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). [read more here]
And in February this year I also wrote about the risks of drinking raw milk.
Later this evening I’ll be posting a link to a YouTube talk I’ve prepared on suchlike nonsense in the realms of rare beefburgers and the dangers of E. coli O157. Watch this space.
By the way, thank to Doug Powell and the excellent barfblog.com for the story. You couldn’t make this stuff up.