Strong majority against regulating sale of raw milk - 143 participants

Mar 10, 2016

Last week, West Virginia passed a bill that allows "herd-sharing" in which multiple individuals can share the raw, unpasteurized milk from dairy cows. New Hampshire is one of twelve states that allow raw milk sales at retail stores with some regulation. Read more about this issue. On March 10, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH add regulations for the sale of raw milk?”

“Should NH add regulations for the sale of raw milk?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Raw Milk Regulations NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 143 participants gave 481 responses

A total of 92% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 8% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 481 responses from 143 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 97%, opposed regulating the sale of raw milk. 

  • “People who consume raw milk should know there are risks involved (there are risks with pasteurized milk as well--from the post-pasteurization process), but fatalities resulting from raw milk consumption are few and far between.”
  • “People who want to consume it should be free to do so. The state doesn't exist to protect us from ourselves.”
  • “Raw milk is good for people and government has no business messing with free market.”

Yes: A minority, at 3% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of NH regulating raw milk. 

  • "Raw milk is dangerous and potentially deadly. This whole thing is no more stupid then ‘anti-vaxers’ and just as dangerous to their kids. Pasteurized milk is safe-raw milk is not.”

* editor’s note: There was only one pro comment 

Other: As noted above, 8% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing how milk is produced: “Milk is produced after a human or cow gives birth, and continues to be produced as the milk is removed (nursing, milking) from the teat or breast. Once the milk stops being removed, milk production ceases.”
  • Debating where food should be bought: “We need more farms and farm stands. Time to get back to our grassroots.”
  • Questioning whether people actually consider the potential risk in consuming raw milk: “There is a good reason milk is pasteurized. People say they understand the risk but I suspect many haven't thought all that deeply about it.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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