Personally, I'm a capitalist. I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. Apparently, many of my neighbors around here do as well. We have farmers markets in just about every neighborhood, not to mention the original Seattle farmers market, the Pike Place Market. I believe that if there was a demand for fresh organic produce in LA, the farmers would oblige. When I was working in LA there was a guy who made homemade ice cream and sold it to the local businesses. He was quite popular.
If you want to talk about raw milk, we can. It wasn't just some hippy craze. For me personally, I can't drink pasteurized milk, it makes me sick. However, I can drink raw milk. The big difference is the natural good bacteria in raw milk overrides any potential bad bacteria. The source you're using is from the fda. That is the same organization that couldn't prevent lead in toys, couldn't prevent poison in pet food from China, couldn't prevent poison in baby food from China. The fda allows aspartame into processed foods which creates death and disease. Aspartame is at least as bad as cigarettes, if not worse. Oh yeah, they also said that cigarettes weren't unhealthy.
The fda is corrupt. Most of the people who work there were previously employed by corporations like Monsanto, Pfiser, Tyson, Bayor, etc. But, I understand you want to believe "government is good".
The federal government likes to demonize raw milk because the industry wants them to. Pasteurization extends shelf life, that is all the "benefit" it has. It does kill any potential bad bacteria, but it also kills all the good bacteria. When comparing small organic farms to industrial farms, it is a world of difference. On industrial farms the milk is more likely to become poisoned by bad bacteria. So, pasteurization gives them a back up to be dirty and allow for feces to get into the milk. When that happens, they just pasteurize rather than prevent the contamination of the ecoli. Whereas on smaller organic farms they use an interesting concept, it's called being sanitary. The milk doesn't get contaminated in the first place.
According to your article 800 people have gotten sick from raw milk in the last 12 years. So that's about 66 people per year. That seems pretty rare compared to the recent salmonella outbreak from industrial farming of eggs. That one infected thousands of people within months.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/ ... 8236.shtml
My boyfriend believes he got that from a fast food breakfast sandwich. His gut was hurting for a week. Then he started taking probiotics. Within a day, he was no longer in pain. Guess what pasteurization kills? The probiotics that are naturally in raw milk.
Let's recap, the fda allows industrial farming, because their members used to work for those corporations. Industrial farming causes more sickness and death within months than local organic raw milk can within 12 years. The fda has claimed that they don't have the funding to do it's job to keep tainted food from China out of the US. And, you still believe their propaganda.
For anyone who wants to read the "alternative" side to the fda, here are a couple of links.http://www.naturalnews.com/024259.htmlhttp://www.raw-milk-facts.com/http://www.realmilk.com/rawmilkoverview.html
Before making a decision and blindly believing a corrupt government, please read some of the links from the above sources to the actual studies and their documents. I didn't come to my conclusions by belief. I came to my conclusions by reading sites such as above and their links.