Thanks Ed. Both good articles, especially the Boston Globe article. I work for a company in Massachusetts, although I work from home (in Maine)99% of the time. In June, I'll be going to my office of 100+ people for a staff meeting. During these monthly staff meetings, someone does a 15 minute presentation on ANY topic. I have volunteered for the June meeting and my topic is, "Raw Milk". This is an office of 100 professionals, most of them scientists (geologists, biologists, engineers, chemists, etc.) and not a one of them drinks raw milk. I take them fresh cream from Helen whenever I go there and they all suck that up (like my new little piglets) when they get coffee refills! I can't wait to have their full attention and explain to them why they don't need to be afraid of raw milk. The Globe article will be a great help. Then, I'll also be able to tell them where they can look for this superior food.
Sally - I thought raw milk sales were illegal in MA? According to this article, you could be doing "gate sales" from your farm. No need for "stealing".
To make my case for this presentation, I've been printing out all sorts of articles, Joann's posts on the topic, and re-reading the "Untold Story of Milk". This forum is such a wealth of information that I wanted to also pose this question here: If you had only 15 minutes to convince someone to switch from pasteurized to raw milk, what points/facts would you emphasize?
Hi Mitra, in MA it is town by town. In some towns it is legal in some not, but in all legal towns the dairy must be certified by the state.
In order to get certified all the milk laws, bulk tank placement, floor drains, white paint, no other uses besides processing raw milk, etc laws must be in compliance. A dairy must have more than 2 cows in milk to be considered. I tried to follow the rules but when I asked for a state cert & milk inspection I was told that I could not pass because I had only one cow.
This forum is such a wealth of information that I wanted to also pose this question here: If you had only 15 minutes to convince someone to switch from pasteurized to raw milk, what points/facts would you emphasize?
Mitra- People have been so *brainwashed* to FEAR raw milk. The unknown [under-educated?] breeds fear. Once someone knows a little bit about something, they aren't so scared or apprehensive of it. This is true in most aspects of life. (Think of the first time you even thought of plowing the drive way & how far you have come since then.....) Give them solid, hard facts to make your case a KNOWN thing. They will see you are 100% a live person--even from drinking raw milk!! ;D I find that most people get intrigued by what they read/hear, start asking tons of questions & delve into some research of their own. Hence, they are educating themselves to whether they like/dislike whatever it is they are researching. Tell them the usual garbage-propaganda of why raw milk is so 'unsafe' & then give them the TRUTH with all you've got. Let 'em have it with both barrels & have plenty of back-up ammunition! I know you will do an awesome job & probably raise a few eyebrows in the process. Heh, means they're listening. Good Luck & keep us updated on your project! Janene
PS Don't be surprized if some of these people never even heard of raw milk. I come across that alot! For all they know it has always come from the carton in the grocery store, and never gave a second thought about it. They usually know it comes from a cow, but that is about as far as their knowledge goes....
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