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 Naturalnews.com 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.