In this week’s Xpress is a story by yours truly about a recent push to overturn a N.C. ban on “cow shares,” a farmer-consumer arrangement that allows the latter to legally obtain raw milk, be it of cow, sheep or goat origin.
Apparently the issue is very much on journalists’ minds; in this week’s issue of Durham-based alt-weekly The Independent, writer Suzanne Nelson takes it on in a very thorough and personal way.
Raw milk, or “real” milk as its boosters like to call it, as since 2004 in North Carolina only been available for human consumption by farmers themselves. A majority of public health and agriculture officials consider it a disease threat, but a small and vocal movement wants to restore raw milk’s availability by reason of its perceived health benefits and wholesomeness compared to its pasteurized and, by extension, “industrialized” counterpart.
Drink deeply, readers.
— Kent Priestley, staff writer