Louis Pasteur was a great man and he showed us the way to a safer food supply.
My grandpa Hugh, a fine man and great American, hand milked his cows on the farm in Iowa and then separated milk from cream in his separator shed and put the milk and cream in clean closed containers in a cooler for transport to town to the cooperative creamery for pasteurization before distribution under the coop’s label. We many grandchildren would follow along and watch. I admit I never learned how to hand milk a cow, clearly a deficit in my education and development.
That’s because our friend Louie P discovered pasteurization, a short heat treatment of dairy products to kill the bugs and parasites. The raw milk nuts think the heat treatment takes away some nutritional magic, but mostly they suffer from being goofy. What they are liking is that raw milk has a higher fat content than processed milk, so it tastes richer.
The only other parallel food safety treatment that is really effective is radiation treatment that is resisted by the Luddites, but is particularly helpful to make meats and produce safe.
A run through a radiation treatment doesn’t make the foodstuffs toxic or radioactive, and makes the food and the packaging on the other side bug free.
Got this today from the American Council on Science and Health. Report from Minnesota on the potential problems of raw milk. Minnesota is heavy into milk production, a hard and demanding sector of agriculture, particularly now that they milk 3 times a day.
And some general discussions from the FDA about irradiation.
In the case of both of these approaches, there are people who don’t understand science and the make up of foodstuffs so they are afraid, but they are also true believers who are hung up on “natural” and “organic” and are always talking about eating and living healthy. Food fetishes and anxiety are part of the neurotic profile of fussy concerns about nutrition. Sort of an obsessive/compulsive/control thing.
Remind you a little of the anxiety attacks people have about genetic modification, this nonsense of going back to the days before Louie?