The (raw) Milky Way

The sharing of knowledge – diversifying views – leading to enlightenment.

The women of the Xi Xi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., take part in a variety of discussions, covering a wide range of topics; each expressing her own views, thoughts and ideas. These discussions help to strengthen our understanding of each other and the global community. The knowledge gained through these interactions serves to reinforce the tenets on which Theta Nu Xi was founded: Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, Leadership and Multiculturalism.

The (raw) Milky Way – C. Patmore

On April 28,2011, The Washington Times ran an article with the headline: “Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally,” sparking a Xi Xi Chapter discussion as to whether raw (or unpasteurized) milk was safe and if its distribution and consumption needed to be regulated by the FDA.

"Curious Cow" - Courtesy of

“The entire European cheese industry thrives on unpasteurized products (kind of ironic considering the pasteurization product was developed by a Frenchman),” commented one participant, challenging the idea that unpasteurized milk is inherently dangerous.

For another, the danger lay in raw milk being consumed by children. “What I am concerned about is parents who buy raw milk and feed it to their children.  There is a reason milk is pasteurized, and that’s because unpasteurized milk carries the risk of transmitting tuberculosis, brucellosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and Q-fever (according to a fact sheet from Michigan State University.

Children consuming raw milk? – What about breast milk?

“Ironically in WIRED magazine this month, there is a very relevant article […] The article discusses the “trade” of breast milk and the surrounding controversy.” This participant continued, “…the two [breast milk and cow milk] are incredibly closely related because they’re both discussing the sale of “regulated” vs “unregulated” versions of the same “product”.”

"Milk Bottles" - Courtesy of

The debate about regulation and government intervention continued, boiling down to whether it should be an option to “heat before you eat” your raw milk and if breast milk should (or could) also be considered tradable goods.

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