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While there are many proponents of raw milk, there are even more folks against it. Recently a family vacationing at a working farm ran into complications from drinking raw milk (they're going to be okay, but had contracted a bacterial food poisoning because of it). Raw milk sales are actually prohibited in many countries as well as 25 states and DC.
California is one of the states that allows it and I was able to pick up this jug at Whole Foods. The flavor is much richer and strong, I would even consider it somewhat "grassy" tasting, as if you could tell what the cow had fed on. It's nothing like store-bought milk — especially the lower fat versions. It's wonderfully smooth and, for lack of a better word, milky tasting.
So tell me, would you drink raw milk? Or do the health concerns worry you?
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I'm curious what you guys think, are you feeling this raw milk craze or will you be sticking to your pasteurized dairy for now?