As promised, here is the long-awaited entry on raw milk articles. To be honest, I have about a thousand things to get done between now and Christmas between rotations, job hunting, logging, papers, end-of-rotation exams, and studying for boards....so, this isn't nearly as elaborate as I was originally envisioning.
A few weeks ago, I was reading on TheModenHomestead's blog about cow share programs. They were born out of a desire to have access to raw, non-pasteurized, homogenized milk. The problems is that the FDA has some very stringent food-production laws regarding for-sale farm products. There are no restrictions, however, for personal rearing and utilization. The idea of the cow share program is to actually make your customers the "owners" of the cow. The farmer then becomes a paid service of "boarder and caretaker" rather than dairy farmer. Since you own the cow you receive milk from, you are able to by-pass the rules that guide large-scale, dirtier productions.
The concept has also been expanded to meat production. Of course, this doesn't deny the importance of knowing the housing conditions and production practices of the farmer you're buying from--which is naturally a huge point for people interested in locally-grown/raised foods and having transparency with their producers regarding what they're eating. Also, a difficulty is that you have to have committed persons to the cows and investing in their foodsource--similar to a CSA program.
Here are the articles that Harvey Ussery guided me to and his blog, TheModernHomestead.
A Campaign for Real Milk
Cow Share and Herd Share programs
The Modern Homestead
Now, I just have to research how this works in my individual state! :)