Raw Milk Consumers React Surprisingly to Georgia Bill That Would Allow Sales of Raw Milk in Grocery Stores

Proposed Atlanta legislation might allow raw milk to be sold in grocery stores and, though one might think this would be beneficial for local dairy farmers and consumers alike, some residents have expressed concerns that the move “…will force regulations on farmers and compromise the relationships they have with customers.”

Georgia law currently bans the sale of unprocessed milk except for pet consumption yet there are residents who purchase raw milk directly from local farmers, often driving more than half an hour and paying $7-8 per gallon to get it. Some of these consumers say that they intentionally “…bypass grocery stores and buy milk directly from farmers because they like knowing where the milk they’re drinking comes from and that the product is pure.”

These customers are worried that, once allowed in grocery stores, government regulation will change the quality of the products because, as one speculates, “Regulation is always tilted toward big agriculture, not small farms.”

One consumer says that while it would be nice if raw milk was more widely available, she doesn’t want to compromise what is already available to her. And at least one farmer agrees: Daniel Seedorf says, “I do not want to have faceless transactions. Every single one of my customers come here to my farm and meet me face-to-face. The best food is not convenient. It’s a lot of effort, a lot of work, but incredibly rewarding to grow food like this.”

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4 thoughts on “Raw Milk Consumers React Surprisingly to Georgia Bill That Would Allow Sales of Raw Milk in Grocery Stores

  1. You are right about eating healthy. I meet all of my customers face to face.i don’t remember any of them Ill in the last year. People seeking raw milk also eat farm fresh organic foods rather than processed foods with all the chemical additives.

  2. I am Chester Ice. I posted on here before, and perhaps some of you saw my post.

    I was raised on raw milk from the time I was a little boy. My dad had three (3) Jersey Cows, and he milked them twice a day. Morning and evening. So my brothers and I had lots of raw milk to drink every day, and we never got sick one time from drinking the milk.

    The Large milk companies want to lead people to believe that raw milk is dangerous, and will make them sick, and maybe even kill them. That is nothing but a munch of malarkey.

    As long as cows are milked under sanitary conditions, the milk is safe. I would not even think of drinking raw milk from cows that are kept under factory condition. I call them FACTORY COWS. Those are cows that are kept in large dry lots with mud, manure and just plain filth. Those cows are only used for the large dairy companies to make money, and the cows are not cared for and taken care of

    Now, cows that are grazed out in open pastures, eating green grass, which cows are meant to eat, those kind of sows’ milk is safe to drink. So, if you can find a farm where the cows are kept under conditions that I just described, you can drink the milk without any worries.

    I hope I have enlightened people as to raw milk. It is much better for people than store bought milk. Which is no good for people at all. If you are considering drinking raw milk, go right on ahead and drink it. It will be good for you, and you will notice the difference.

  3. Thankful for that. We purchased a young registered guernsey heifer in New Virginia Iowa in December & a young 6 month old registered bull. Calf is due in July.
    We plan to start milking then. If the governor plans to come with his swat team, oh well guess they will have to learn the hard way about a redneck from hell. It’s time to stop the government overreach. Sick & tired of complaining. It’s time to stop it. Had enough. I know this scares most people to death. But we have to listen to people like Ann Barnhart.

    • I was raised on raw milk. We were hardly ever sick.
      Very healthy. After leaving the family farm to become part of the industrialized world @ 67 yo. I developed RA & have had 2 knee & 1 hip replacement. All because of a government control food chain system. They have destroyed our way of life & our health with their ignorant
      liberal policyes. No more. Had enough. I am set to fight. I only regret that I have only 1 life to give for my country. Country & proud of it.

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