America, The Land of Vanishing Freedom

I don’t know when, exactly, it happened, but it has happened. The government is, officially, the nanny of Americans. Why did this happen? Most importantly, why did the American citizens allow this to happen?

I was reading an article on the Guardian regarding raw milk, that stated that it is harmful to people and it can make people sick and it can cause death, so it is not to be sold.

I can understand this due to FDA regulations, but who is the FDA or any of it’s parents to tell us as individuals what food we can and can not eat or drink. People for ages and survived drinking raw milk and humanity hasn’t collapsed in on itself or become horrible grotesque mutants. Yet, we, as Americans, have allowed the organizations that be to dictate what we can and can not do, from disciplining our children, to drinking raw milk. How, absolutely ridiculous.

What drove this point, to frustration, for me was this follow excerpt.

“The FDA, however, says “raw milk, no matter how carefully produced, may be unsafe.” More than 1,000 people, including two who died, got sick from raw milk or cheese made from raw milk from 1998 to May 2005, according to the most recent count from the federal Centers for Disease Control.”

All that I can say to this is this; Really… 1000 people got sick over the course of seven years. Seven years and how many thousands of people? Oh no, two whole people died in America from raw milk, due to E. Coli, Salmonella, or Listeria monocytogenes. More people die each year from food poisoning from eating out at restaurants. I found a page with yearly food poisoning statics in America. According to the page and its numbers 76 million people get sick every year from food poisoning and 1 in 55,000 people die, per year, of food poisoning. Now, with the application of simple arithmetic you find that 1382 people die, per year, so that is 115 people that die from food poisoning per month! I think the FDA’s math skills are seriously screwed up, in order for the raw milk subject to be a blip on their radar.

The final part of my ire came from this statement.

Wisconsin has banned the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk, although it allows “incidental sales” by farmers. It also permits farm owners to consume their own milk.

Ok, the restricting the of the sales of raw milk, I don’t agree with, but I can see where they are coming from. However, it “permits” the farm owners to consume their own milk? Who in the hell do they think they are to “permit” the imbibing of anything a farmer reaps for himself? This system is seriously flawed, and this is but a little piece of the problem.

Fuck the Wisconsin governing body.