Friday, April 30, 2010
Post 5: Compare Two Online Articles
So, the topic of Raw-milk becoming legalized in Wisconsin (and throughout the US) is still hot. One man, Max Kane, is being threatened with legal punishments, namely prison, because he will not rat his friends out who also drink raw milk, or the farmers that give it to them. He hasn't committed a crime! Max's story is simple - he was healed of his Crohn's disease - a painful intestinal disorder - through drinking raw milk. Pretty powerful stuff. Unfortunately, the-powers-that-be want to take that right away from him. Yet, he is giving raw milk great publicity by showing that the fact that he wants to drink it is not enough for him to be called a criminal. And it puts certain officials in a very bad light - maybe they don't have the peoples' best interests in mind...
However, XbeyondX states that raw milk is "a dangerous product that has been linked to countless illnesses and many deaths" - in fact "200 in recent years" according to this blogger. But too bad for his case - he does not provide convincing evidence that these figures are true, were one to follow his citations. I would hypothesise that were these figures true, they would be over the last 100 years. And if this is true, ask yourself, how many things have 200 people died from over the last 200 years that was much less "extreme" than raw milk? I would say, plenty.
As an article XbeyondX links to says, raw milk is sold throughout all of Europe. Does most of Europe have drinking (alcohol) problems like that of the US? No. They know how to use this substance responsibly. What makes one think it would be any different with raw milk? If the Europeans, however, can make drinking certain beverages a part of their culture, then we can too, and there won't be any controversy if this happens.
I am not convinced by XbeyondX, and the bovine just shows me how courageous a few people can be, and I am very thankful for them.