Activists to take on Capitol Hill: Lay off our milk, lemonade

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Mr. Romney’s campaign didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on his stance.

Winton Pitcoff, coordinator of the Massachusetts Raw Milk Network, said Mr. Romney didn’t have the chance to weigh in on the issue while he was governor between 2003 and 2006.

Mr. Fernandes said he won’t be voting this year because he doesn’t see much of a choice offered by Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama — though he said he is a fan of Rep. Ron Paul, whose presidential campaign stumbled but who continues to have a dedicated following.

Mr. Paul has introduced legislation to end the federal role in governing interstate milk sales.

The taxpayer-funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this year that a 13-year review of disease outbreaks shows fresh milk is 150 times more dangerous than pasteurized milk.

“Restricting the sale of raw milk products is likely to reduce the number of outbreaks and can help keep people healthier,” said Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of CDC’s division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases. “The states that allow sale of raw milk will probably continue to see outbreaks in the future.”

In a 2010 study led by professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison interviewed buyers of raw milk and found most of them found it to be more healthy — despite the government’s conclusions otherwise.

Half of the consumers told the researchers said they particularly prized their relationship with the farmers they bought from, and said they liked knowing who produced their food.

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