Raw Milk: What's the Hold Up?

In our household, things are pretty open when it comes to food. Back in our meat-eating days, we even tried steak tartar (once). We're practicing vegetarians and enjoy organic, raw milk cheddar on a regular basis. But we haven't yet tried raw milk—have you?

After hearing this story on NPR about advocates of raw milk, we understand that there are benefits and risks to drinking raw milk. We like the idea of a whole protein, and more importantly, knowing that the milk comes from sustainably raised cattle who are able to live happy lives (and aren't pumped full of all the stuff that's put into factory farm cows' diets).

But, as the article points out, there are risks. Some say that simple procedures, such as strict bottle sterilization and better storage guidelines, would make raw milk much safer on a day-to-day basis for consumers.

So we're wondering—are you game? Do you drink raw milk, or do you steer clear of it because of these very reasons?

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