Raw Milk Myths
Microbiologist Peter Olsen shares some unpalatable truths about raw milk.
Originally shared by Peter Olsen
I’ve spent a lot time attempting to inform and educate consumers about the hazards of raw milk consumption, particularly those who advocate drinking it. The vast majority of advocates I’ve talked to dismiss my vast mountains of scientific evidence, but still, I feel it is my responsibility as a public health microbiologist to continue to attempt to educate people. It’s not just about your safety, or your children’s safety; raw milk consumption is a problem for everyone you may contact because of the natures of the diseases associated with raw milk, and the relative ease with which these organisms can be spread.
Here is a great article summarizing and debunking a number of myths around raw milk consumption.
Really, it’s not a conspiracy. Public health scientists aren’t shills for factory-produced milk. Nobody buys us off – we don’t have enough voice to matter.
You can be a small, independent farmer and still pasteurize. I like that. I don’t like brucellosis or tuberculosis; those are diseases which can be transmitted to humans through raw milk, and which can also be spread person-to-person.