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Double Standard? Queen Drinks Banned Raw Milk

Double Standard? Queen Drinks Banned Raw Milk


Though raw milk is highly-regulated or even banned in much of the western world, members of the British royal family consume the purportedly unsafe dairy product. If raw milk is safe enough for Queen Elizabeth II, then why is it inaccessible for so many of her constituents?

Raw milk was the only form of milk the world knew until pasteurization was developed in the late 1890′s to eliminate harmful bacteria. Pasteurization can prevent diseases tuberculosis and scarlet fever; it can eliminate salmonella and e. coli. But with the good can also come the bad, according to raw milk advocates. Much of the natural health properties contained in milk can be eliminated in the pasteurization process. In fact, most people suffering from lactose intolerance wouldn’t have a problem consuming raw milk.

But, even though raw milk can have a higher nutritional value, it can still spread disease and contain harmful bacteria. Not so fast, claim raw milk proponents – with proper humane and hygienic treatment, the risk of disease in cows is minimal, though not unheard of.

Government agencies and lawmakers in the English-speaking world, however, are generally on the side of pasteurized milk. In the Queen’s native England, raw milk is only available through farmer’s markets, farms and delivery services. In neighboring Scotland, commonwealth countries like Australia and Canada, and in 11 U.S. states, raw milk is illegal. That Queen Elizabeth II herself consumes raw milk, as Ethan A. Huff of points out,

“.. Represents a blatant double standard, where only the ‘elite’ are privileged enough to make their own food choices, while everyone else is subjected to erroneous and arbitrary restrictions on a wholesome food item that has been consumed safely for centuries, long before tyrannical governments came along and prohibited it.”

Where do you stand on the raw milk milk debate? Should it be banned, regulated or freely available? Should people, not governments, decide whether to consume raw milk? Voice your opinion in the comments below.

Image of Queen Elizabeth II via NASA.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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10:46PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Did you Know that before the WW1 there were 7 food groups! Until recently there were only 4! Dairy being one of them! any coincidence? I don't think so! The Dairy Association, with the big pockets, controls which milk can be sold is stores. It has little to do with the nutritional value!

3:55AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

If "raw milk is only available through farmer’s markets, farms and delivery services" and anyone can source and buy it, then how is it banned? Or is Alcohol banned because you can only buy it from those with licenses?

1:05PM PST on Mar 8, 2013


11:57AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:02AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Good point, Jekaterina!

2:29PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Ive never had the opportunity to try raw milk, although I would like to. I have the occasional cream in my coffee, Cream made of milk, not coffee creamer which is usually Corn syrup solids(how gross does that sound). I have had non homogenized whole milk which was really good, and butter made from grass fed cows, totally awesome. I don't care what kind of 'milk' you drink, whether it be rice, almond, coconut or cow; but PLEASE DO NOT DRINK SOY MILK. not only is 99% of it genetically modified, it is also a phytoestrogen. That means it mimic the hormone estrogen in you body, by doing so it creates imbalances among all of your hormones. For young girls it can be particularly bad, I have twin nieces, one couldn't have regular formula so they put her on soy. She started her period just after she turned 8, her sister didn't start till 12 or 13 and neither did I. She has never recovered from being an Extra early bloomer, and I say extra early because and early bloomer is like 10, not C cups by ten. Please at least do not give it to someone younger that 18, to give them time to regulate their hormones. Yes, even tho this story is female oriented, men also have estrogen and it can greatly upset your balances as well.

8:03AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

I think they should ban fast food not a raw milk, but raw milk is banned for many reasons,1.because is healthier, 2.cause the big factories producing milk raise the livestock in horrible conditions, giving them grow hormons (in USA for sure), the cows are having mastitidis and cause of this they have to be on antibiotics, and all of it is going to milk, so they have to pasterized it (to kill as much as they can good or bad in milk), and will stay `fresh`(not really) longer.
so for sure go for raw milk not a white water from your supermarket:)

12:51AM PST on Dec 7, 2012


5:20PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

I don't think it should be up to the givernment to decide what one should eat or drink. If there are health concerns, maybe the containers or bottles of raw milk should carry a warning.

11:22PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

interesting article..

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