Farmers who sell raw milk gathered on Capitol Hill Monday to protest an FDA crackdown on the sale of their unpasteurized product.
FDA officials insist milk needs to be inspected and pasteurized to guarantee its safety. Raw milk proponents flatly deny the claim, saying raw milk is much safer than the pasteurized version and want the government to back down.
"There's no record in the CDC of any raw milk killing anyone," said Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy. "But you see pasteurized milk sickening 422,000 people and 20 deaths -- and 80 people if you look at miscarriages."
"When you have grass fed cows, the nutrient density of the milk is incredible," Chef Monica Corrado told My Fox DC. "The cancer fighting properties of the milk are incredible."
Irate farmers noted that the government spends tens of thousands of dollars to raid their farms and even sends undercover agents to buy raw milk.
"Well, I wonder if they don't have better use for agents than that," said Larry Fisher, who biked 140 miles from Churchville, Va. to attend Monday's rally.
Raw milk fans showed their support by drinking milk straight from a cow which was brought to Capitol Hill in attempt to demonstrate the milk to be harmless.
"These moms get pretty upset when their only option is pasteurized milk, which causes severe allergies and ear infections in kids because of the immune response from all that dead bacteria," McAfee said. "They want a probiotic food just like their breast milk."