Some Like It Raw
Directed by Andrea Love
A. Love Production
Available at http://aloveproduction.blogspot.com/2011/01/some-like-it-raw.html
This animated, ten-minute documentary covers the history of milk in America and the circumstances that led to wide-scale pasteurization of that product. Our history lesson begins in the late nineteenth century when dairy cows were fed distillery swill and kept in miserable conditions. This scenario of course led to problems with milk quality. Rather than put the cows back on clean pasture where they belong, geniuses of the early 20th century concluded that pasteurization was the answer. Apparently geniuses don’t care about nutrition or taste as much as they care about high-tech non-solutions.
There is an amusing scene in which a man writes about the question of milk and why it is so dangerous. As he writes, he lights up a cigarette, which, judging by the FDA attitudes, is a much less dangerous practice than consuming raw milk. Elsewhere we see the hypocrisy of banning raw milk while shrugging off “routine” illness and disease caused by tobacco, raw fish and spinach.
The acting is superb and the special effects are dazzling. Well, since this is entirely puppets and stop-motion photography with a little animation thrown in, I may be exaggerating a little. David Gumpert, chronicler of modern day raw milk wars, is featured in this film and he looks good—or at least his puppet-double looks good.
If you’re looking for something like the film “Food, Inc.” this obviously isn’t it, but it is cute, very watchable, and gets a THUMBS UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2011.