I am working under the assumption that in Canada all milk for human consumption must be pasteurized. (Am I correct in this assumption?)
So the milk must first be heated to kill off most of the bacteria that might be lurking in the barn or flourishing in the cow.
But a growing number of natural food fans are demanding the right to bring milk from teat to table, convinced that pasteurization strips away the very stuff that makes milk so nutritious to begin with. In the United States, perhaps in Canada too, there is a growing black market in unpasteurized milk.
Fans of raw milk are convinced that heating destroys the good bacteria as well as enzymes that can be beneficial to health. They claim that drinking raw milk can relieve asthma and eczema as well as giving flagging immune systems a boost.
So is raw milk safe to drink? Not entirely, according to health officials, who say bacterial contamination in milk has caused twice as many disease outbreaks as pasteurized milk.
In your view does drinking raw milk put too much trust in the farmer and the health of the cow?
Would you drink raw milk?
Do you think it should be available for purchase?
By the way, is mother’s milk pasteurized?