Feedback on the Harvard Raw Milk Debate
On February 16, 2012, the Harvard Food Law Society hosted a debate on the legal, nutritional, and safety aspects of raw milk. I scheduled the debate on my calendar ahead of time, and listened with intent as each of the panelists shared her or his point of view. I took copious notes, as I didn’t know whether the debate would be recorded (it was). It’s an hour and half long – feel free to listen to as much of it as you’d like. My comments are below the video.
Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights were on the pro-raw milk side. Lawyer Fred Pritzker and Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, director of the Agriculture Department’s Dairy and Food Inspection Division in the state of Minnesota, were on the anti-raw milk side. Both sides presented their evidence, and in my estimation, the pro-raw milk side won by a landslide.
As expected, safety of raw milk was questioned over and over again during the debate, even though the two debating against raw milk could not provide any evidence to show that raw milk is especially unsafe as to warrant banning. In an upcoming post in the near future, I’ll write up highlights from the debate and give a brief explanation of why I think the pro raw milk side was more convincing based on what was presented. In the meantime, feel free to watch it and I’d be curious to find out what you conclude from it! Please share in the comments.