I’m still trying to read between the lines of this very accurate and positive article about raw milk. Has some corner been turned? Until recently even a sympathetic article about raw milk would be meticulous about presenting the case for government regulation, but here there is none of that. Is it due to changing attitudes about food? Or changing attitudes about government health regulation? Or something I just plain missed?
The description of the cow share program interested me. For one thing, I think they are blatantly skirting the edge of the law by charging by the gallon and calling it a room-and-board cost. Much safer to make it a true sharing program, by dividing up both the costs and the benefits among owners (i.e. if you are leasing 1/20th of the cow, you get 1/20th of the milk, whatever that happens to be).
Even more interesting is the fact that the co-op is charging $6.25 per gallon of milk. At twice the price of supermarket milk, this perpetuates the image of raw milk as a boutique item available only to affluent customers. Would there be more pressure on the regulators if raw milk was readily available from neighbors for under $2.50, less than supermarket prices, as it is around here?
One of the reasons we’re looking forward to having our cows freshen is that we currently go through sixteen gallons of milk a week, about $2000 per year. So in a bit more than a year the savings will pay for both cows.