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Senate bill gives consumers choice to buy raw milk Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

We as a nation have parted ways with wholesome foods of the past and chosen instead the convenience of the present.

But let’s focus on fundamentals of the cow. For the sake of production quantity, we have opted to feed her rations comprised of high amounts of genetically modified soy and corn. This ration produces an unnatural, highly acidic condition within the rumen, and her whole physiology suffers, leading dairy cattle to barely reach a lifespan of half a dozen years, and then it’s off to slaughter.

The current model of processing milk mixes product from any number of farms and also dictates price, leading farmers to cut corners to stay solvent.

Consumers should have the right to purchase from a farmer who feeds the cow correctly (see Wisconsin State Senate Bill 108 is an effort to offer Wisconsin citizens an option to centralized pasteurization.

It provides for the sale of unpasteurized milk direct to the consumer. This offers the consumer the right to purchase from individual healthy milk sources that practice sustainable husbandry. Home pasteurization is an option for those concerned about pathogens.

William Neu, Lyons