Portlandia Takes on Raw Milk – And FDA Lies

By Heather Callaghan

Raw milk has been featured in two different recent comedy shows…

The characters on popular comedy show, Portlandia, recently experienced pure ecstasy while imbibing unpasteurized milk. They could just swear they were smarter, more fit and more fluid after milking cows and drinking from their crates of milky mason jars.

Melissa Locker, writing for Independent Film Channel describes the recent episode of Portlandia (airs Thursdays 10 pm on IFC):

In the words of Candace and Toni: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention to the lies that the FDA is feeding you about the joys of raw milk. 

This week, Brendan (Fred Armisen) and Michelle (Carrie Brownstein) were feeling lethargic, sluggish and generally under the weather until they discovered that raw milk is a miracle cure-all. A miracle that the FDA is trying to prevent you from enjoying! Check out this clip as they storm a doctor’s (Ed Begley Jr.) office to spread the truth about raw milk [see below]…

Coincidentally, a recent episode of Parks and Recreation featured raw milk, called “beef milk” by Pawnee’s most uppity local celebrity trend-setter. When comedian Jim Gaffigan went on Conan in 2013, he ran the full gamut of alternative milk products which brought him back to cow’s milk (unpasteurized was implied, “big in Europe” – we came full circle).

Of course, these depictions are laced with pretension. But it’s so hard not to laugh and appreciate an important food freedom issue when it makes it to the screens. The growing love for real food and small farm freedom must be reaching a tipping point to make it to the best comedy shows. (Remember Colbert?)

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.


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