Arnold “The Girly-Man” Schwarzenegger Gets Milked By Big Dairy

So, how much would you pay to make sure your neighbor doesn’t drink milk or cream in raw form, i.e., non-pasteurized or homogenized? How much? A few bucks a month? No?

I guess The Girly-Man Governor thinks otherwise, having recently vetoed popular, bi-partisan legislation (SB 201) that has the effect of making it even more difficult (AB 1735) than the already ridiculous level of compliance California’s two raw dairies had to go through in order to sell raw milk products to the 40,000 Californians who already enjoy them and have been enjoying them for years. I drank both raw cow milk and goat milk as a kid, and we made various products like butter and cottage cheese ourselves. We didn’t need anyone’s help, especially not from a girly-man (pdf).

I am returning Senate Bill 201 without my signature.

This bill weakens food safety standards in California, something I cannot support.

Translation: it removes onerous, unreasonable ”safety standards” designed for pasteurized milk, lobbied for by Big Dairy in California.


Based on fears with no basis in fact…

Now it ought to be the plain obvious truth that the baseless fear-mongering taking place is and has always been the hysterical fear mongering contra raw milk. So he’s a lying girly-man too; but, of course, he’s now a politician and he opens his moth, so nothing so surprising there.

I now consume raw milk from Whole Foods Market in pretty modest quantities and have been for the past several months, even though not strictly a paleo food. But I tollerate it very well and have no adverse effects; whereas, pasteurized milk sometimes makes my stomach and intestines churn for several hours. Never happens with the raw. There are two dairies, Organic Pastures and Claravale Farm. Whole Foods has both. I had been getting the Organic Pastures but they were out of whole on the last trip, so I got Claravale. Big, huge difference in taste, with Organic Pastures being so superior I can’t even describe it. Apparently, Organic Pastures are exclusively grass fed, whereas, Claravale uses organic feed (grains). Again: big difference. Here’s Organic Pastures’s Mark McAfeee describing his relationship with his customers. Looks to me like he cares a lot more about them than the Girly-Man, the Dairy Lobby, you, or anyone else. They’re doing just fine without anyone’s “help” or “protection.”

I wish both dairies well, and hopefully, more tax dollars aren’t put to work to “protect you.” Like this, where Mark Nolt, a farmer in Pennsylvania, gets hauled away in cuffs for selling raw milk products to his friends.


Just another day in the “Land of the Free,” as I like to say. But let me end on a note of magnanimous conciliation for governor Schwarzenegger: next time Big Dairy comes a callin’ for your periodic milking, you might consider applying some old fashioned Bag Balm. I understand it’s udderly fantastic and effective.


  1. Glenn on October 21, 2008 at 14:51

    I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and always drank raw cow's milk. I think the government is going overboard on regulations

  2. Patrik on October 22, 2008 at 11:51


    Now have been paleo-eating for about 6 months and have effectively cut almost all sweets out from diet. That includes artificial sweetened drinks and their ilk. For dessert, I will take a whipping cream and add a scoop of real unsweetened cocoa and whip up 'cocoa cream' with no sweeteners of any kind. Sometimes will add a few berries on top.

    Was wondering if you had experienced the following, the other day I drank an entire glass of whole milk which I haven't had for ages, and I almost spat it out….because of its unmistable sweetness.

    Tasted like a sugar bomb to me. Almost as sweet as the occasional dark chocolate square.

    I was totally blown away. It seems my taste buds have totally re-calibrated. Thoughts?

  3. Richard Nikoley on October 22, 2008 at 12:21

    I have had that experience with some brands of pasteurized, and usually 1 or 2%, less so with whole milk. However, the raw I typically get is not that way at all very creamy tasting.

  4. Keith Norris on October 22, 2008 at 07:47

    Vote Libertarian. The necessary change will come about only if it is forced by the people.

  5. Urmi J on October 22, 2008 at 15:13

    Did u mention that Organic Pastures is superior than Claravale. Well thats very subjective. I have tasted both Organic Pastures and Claravale raw milk and love Claravale, the same holds true for my husband. I find Claravale to be much superior to Organic Pastures but thats my opinion and I would say let raw milk drinkers decide that for themselves. Don't understand why do you talk about which raw milk is superior when the real issue is about the bill that would let raw milk available legally.

  6. Bill on October 23, 2008 at 07:09

    Hi Richard,
    my wife puts soy milk and a dab of chocolate soy milk in her coffee every day and she drinks a lot of coffee in a day,what are your thoughts on soy milk.


  7. Richard Nikoley on October 23, 2008 at 12:22

    No thoughts on soy milk, Bill. Never tried it, and don't see myself trying it.

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