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Raw milk debate remains contentious

Panelists on both sides of issue square off at Harvard Law forum

In Massachusetts, only on-farm sales of unpasteurized milk are allowed. Sally Fallon Morell, a raw milk proponent, spoke at the debate hosted last Thursday by the Harvard Food Law Society. In Massachusetts, only on-farm sales of unpasteurized milk are allowed. Sally Fallon Morell, a raw milk proponent, spoke at the debate hosted last Thursday by the Harvard Food Law Society. (PHOTOS BY EVAN MCGLINN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
By Ike DeLorenzo
Globe Correspondent / February 22, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE - Milk is our first and most basic food. In recent years. there’s been a contentious and emotional debate over how we are allowed to consume it. Raw milk - unpasteurized and whole with its purported health and taste benefits - is on one side. On the other is pasteurized milk: the modern heavyweight champion of food safety. Raw milk proponents have been portrayed as oblivious hippies who are tempting bacterial fate. Defenders of pasteurization, in turn, are cast as nanny-state corporatists with unsophisticated taste. Each side charges the other with misunderstanding health, freedom, parenting, and - among other issues - what it means to be American. Last Thursday night, Harvard Law School hosted a debate between leading thinkers on each side of the issue. It was not disappointing.

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