The Washington Post recently published an article that asks how far fans of raw milk will go to get it. By profiling various raw milk drinkers in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, the article sheds light on a community of health-conscious consumers who value freedom of choice over possible persecution from their state governments.
While one family went so far as to move to a 66-acre farm and purchase 3 milking cows, other families have sought alternative ways to access farm-fresh, raw milk. Many Virginians participate in cow share programs, in which members pay to own a portion of the herd in order to gain access to the herd’s milk as owners. Maryland doesn’t allow cow share programs, and D.C. has no cows to be shared. Instead, many D.C. drinkers use buying clubs or “citizens associations” to hire a driver from Pennsylvania to deliver milk to their neighborhoods.
One D.C. raw milk drinker says that her initial departure “…from processed foods for her family didn’t take her much farther than the Whole Foods Market near her Adams Morgan home. Then, after committing to one food tenet, then more – local meat, local eggs, no genetically modified foods – raw milk became the ‘next step.’”
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