Raw Milk In Maryland

In the United States, the availability of raw milk is determined at the state level. As of now, 37 states allow for the sale of raw milk and 13 believe that you are a dumb, baby asshole if you talk about it in public.

These 13 require raw milk enthusiasts to wear large anti-milk patches on their sleeves and several are drafting legislation to require facial tattoos. For public safety.

Maryland, the state where I currently reside, is an anti-raw milk state. While there are rumors of an underground raw milk railroad that runs up to Pennsylvania and down to Virginia, I have been unable to confirm the existence of this theoretical "freedom straw." But this is because I was looking for raw milk intended for human consumption. Perhaps because I am species-ist, discriminating against dogs and cats whenever possible, but I had never thought to look for raw milk intended for animals.

Until now.

The P.A. Bowden Farmstead in Brandywine, Maryland is a small, grass-fed organic dairy. They are known for artisan cheeses and for not being dicks to their animals. Perhaps because the farm seems to be run by people with souls, they offer "Pet Milk," raw milk intended for pets. And we should be very clear: if you are a human, you may only consume this milk if you are also a pet.

Fascinatingly, this is legal. Maryland state law says nothing about serving raw milk to your pet or to your animals. There are two good lessons here. First, Maryland (and perhaps your state as well) makes it legally okay to feed your pets or animals shitty, poison food that non-pet humans can legally not eat.

Second, if you suffer under the tyranny of an an anti-raw milk regime, perhaps your pets and animals do not. Some areas allow raw milk to be sold for bathing purposes only. So, maybe it's out there, hiding.

Let's end with this for the anti-raw milk/anti-vaxxer d-bags.

In 2012, the CDC published a report on non-pasteurized dairy products (raw milk) where they reviewed "outbreaks" (ill health/sickness) related to raw milk consumption. Here is a quote from the website:
We found 121 outbreaks for which the product's pasteurization status was known; among these, 73 (60%) involved nonpasteurized products and resulted in 1,571 cases, 202 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths. A total of 55 (75%) outbreaks occurred in 21 states that permitted sale of nonpasteurized products.
So, 2 deaths confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. This is not every year, by the way. This was over 14 years, 1993-2006

Now consider this. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that about  65% of the human population is lactose intolerant and should be consuming super low amounts of milk or they can get seriously sick. While lactose intolerance is not clearly linked to death, having a milk allergy is (NCBI says that 2-3% of children have such an allergy).

The anti-raw milk people who point to raw milk related deaths are playing on your fear of 2 proven deaths over 14 years. Clearly, if your pet or animal is lactose intolerant or has a milk allergy, don't feed them any kind of milk.