Within Las Vegas exists a raw milk distributor for the local community of people who value raw milk more than homogenized or pasteurized milk. It’s a legitimate business entity solving a social problem of people’s desire for raw milk and profiting from it.
Its a simple business model. The distributor picks up milk from friends who produce raw milk on a farm, as well as cheese and yogurt products from that raw milk. The farmer values currency over having raw milk or milk products, likely an excess he created that made it available for sale, while the distributor values the products, able to be bought cheaply and resold in a desiring community for more, over the currency. In this way, the distributor has bought something that increases their wealth.
The distributor then informs her networks via texting or tradition of pick-up, but they call to check beforehand as well. And in a matter of a night or two, the supply is exhausted and the cycle restarts.
Why do people value raw milk? Essentially, they are concerned with the modern dairy cow’s intensive milk output as compared to a century ago because it contains growth hormones, pus from mastitis, and antibiotics to keep the mastitis from killing the cow. As a result, it must be pasteurized for safety. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work as salmonella outbreaks occur from pasteurized milk. Additionally, pasteurization simultaneously destroys vitamins and enzymes. After pasteurization, toxic and difficult to absorb chemicals are added, followed by homogenization, linked to heart disease. Studies indicating health dangers, because of these processes, have persuaded raw milk fans to avoid pasteurized, homogenized milk.
But regardless of whether one is persuaded by health concerns, the state is prohibiting the sale of raw milk to those who do value it. As a result, sellers are being aggressed against via raids, much like marijuana sellers. Not to mention, this is incidentally propping up the corporate milk companies and their profits in yet another case of state-corporation collaboration against the voluntaryist wealth-producing businesses.