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Rated NR · 90 minutes · 2011

Kristin Canty, who directed this 2010 advocacy documentary, became a convert to raw milk after learning that its natural microbes cured her son's chronic allergies, and a crusader after hearing from small farmers about the legal hassles they face in producing it. Tracing the problem to the corrupt “swill dairies” of the mid 1800s, she shows how government-mandated pasteurization eventually ended the widespread sale of raw milk and allows intransigent bureaucrats to destroy people's livelihoods with laws that were written for industrial producers. Near the end of the video, Virgina farmer Joel Salatin faces the camera and, addressing the USDA and FDA, demands: "Why do you hate freedom so much?" That might sound like overwrought Tea Party rhetoric if Canty hadn't already captured the proverbial jackbooted thugs seizing and destroying otherwise healthy livestock and dairy products that have been deemed "not fit for human consumption."
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Director: Kristin Canty
Producer: Kristin Canty

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