This news story conveys the audacity of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the personal impact of their actions upon my natural, healthful family – and local respectful farmers. My wife, Julie Matthews is among the worlds leading nutritionists specializing in autism, as well as healthy pregnancy and babies. She knows a thing or two about making safe, quality food choices for herself, our baby, and her clients. It’s perfectly legal to purchase and consume raw milk in California, and legal to own a share of a cow or goat. City dwellers contracting with farmers for direct access to healthy food is a sacrosanct relationship dating back to the dawn of urban living. I’m among countless San Francisco denizens who engage in this practice, be it for veggies or dairy. But recently, government officials are interfering with citizens’ constitutionally protected right to choose what they eat. Our Government seems to think that we are STUPID people who are unable to engage in private contracts and make our own FOOD CHOICES and that we need to be protected…from ourselves. I disagree. Here’s the news story that ran on KPIX Channel 5 in San Francisco, local CBS affiliate. Find the original story here. Also see JULIE’S COMMENTS BELOW… From Julie Matthews. Raw milk has numerous nutritional benefits, and research studies specify its advantages over commercially produced, hormone containing, enzyme depleted, pasteurized milk. Many adults and children cannot tolerate pasteurized milk; yet have no challenges drinking natural (raw) milk. When sourced from a clean farm and healthy herd – akin to mother’s natures’ best work for centuries, raw milk is exceedingly safe and nutritious. To be sure, motherhood is fraught with tough, sometimes risky decisions. Life itself is risky: crossing the street, playing in a pool, eating food. Nonetheless, the choices we make as parents are…ours to make! We do not need the government to protect us. The guise of protection always accompanies reduced freedoms. In the news story, you’ll hear the sentiment of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; on the one hand saying the wish to encourage my close relationship with my farmer, but on the other – choosing to interfere in my relationship. Hogwash! I know better than they do about what’s best for my family! And I’m not stupid – as the state seems to imply they need to save me from myself! Despite the insulation in the news story, there is NOTHING illegal about herdshares in California. A herdshare agreement is a private contract between two private individuals. The state of California is now trying to regulate these private contracts, reinterpret laws, and force family farmers out of business or force them to become a commercial dairy. Why?
- Has there been a dangerous outbreak? No
- Has this milk ended up on grocery store shelves? No
- Has there been an incident with a herdshare in California? No