Raw milk advocates are fighting on behalf of the small, local farms that are being pushed out of business by large dairy corporations – every gallon of raw milk purchased is a “declaration of independence from price controls” set by Big Dairy and the federal government.
At the prices set by industrial dairy and the federal government, small farms that produce and pasteurize milk to sell to mass-market commercial outlets rarely make enough to cover production costs, let alone turn a profit. By selling directly to the consumer, farmers can adjust their prices to account for overhead and rising production costs. And in some states, selling directly to the consumer also allows farmers to offer raw milk which, although more expensive ($5-$10 per gallon, compared to $4 per gallon for commercial milk), does fill a niche market. There is high demand nationwide for unpasteurized milk and other dairy products, and many are happy to pay more for a wholesome, nutritious product – especially when their money helps keep local farms in business.
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