Friday, October 31, 2008

God Bless America!

In what other country can you get a time share on a cow? (And get to evade The Man while you're at it?)

Although I have no particular interest in milk fresh from the bovine, the idea appeals to the rebel in me.


staghounds said...

I thought this was about some Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama consultancy deal.

Submit word eggas- go good with milka.

jimbob86 said...

I grew up on raw (unpastuerized) goat's milk..... stronger taste, but it did not hurt me a bit.....

Rob K said...

I know people you could get cow share from, if you're really interested and they'd be willing to barter.

James said...

I know I'm picky, but they spelled 'teat' wrong.

Other than that, good for them.


Harman said...

Holy shit is that dangerous. Fucking hippies. Nobody remembers that the reason for the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance laws was little things like tuberculosis, polio, salmonellosis, listeria, and the like?

Or that being Organic, these dirt-worshipers can't even treat their animals with antibiotics if they get a mastitic infection?

Damn do those people scare and frustrate me. While I'm running a two-hundred-cow modern dairy that makes sure everybody else can buy milk that won't kill them at the store, these backbirths screw up and kill kids, and then the headlines read "milk kills!" and my part of the industry gets blamed.

Rob K said...

Pasteurization is only needed at big dairies that can't keep the cow shit out of the milk. If your equipment is clean and you refrigerate the milk immediately, there's no danger. And generally their animals don't get mastitic infections in the first place because their animals aren't kept in large herds in confined spaces standing in their own manure all day like large dairies do. They usually have one or two cows on many acres of pasture. A lot of these people are far from hippies. They're the kind of people who want to provide for themselves and don't want meddling do-gooder nanny statists telling them what to do or how to live.

If people want to use unpasteurized milk, it's none of the government's business.

mts said...

I didn't see "cheese" in any of its tags. I've heard of a lot of people being crazy for raw cheese (cheese made from unpasteurized products). I don't think I ever knowingly had raw cheese, so I don't know what I'm missing out on.

But if they had cheese, that would be interesting.

Harman said...

There's a difference between doing your own thing and claiming your thing is better because the alternative gives kids autism, early puberty, mutations, antibiotic-resistant infections and cures asthma.

Pasteurization has very little to do with sanitation and a whole lot to do with the lack of resistance to bacteria in modern urban humans and the broad variety of bacteria that ruminant animals naturally harbor.

Truth in labeling law isn't some massive conspiracy by The Man to keep you down. Basic health and safety law isn't being used to forcefeed you drugs. It's just meant to keep snakeoil salespeople from foisting miracle cures, libeling their competition, and KILLING unwitting consumers.

Unless, of course, you'd like some melamine in your creamer too?

Unpasteurized cheese is fine, it's inert with regard to harmful bacteria after sixty days.

Joe said...

Who knew hiipies could be such capitalists!!! they'd probably c**p themselves if they realised it.