Raw milk, Risk, and the Politics of Knowledge

Few foods inspire more enthusiasm or vitriol than raw – or unpasteurized – milk. Raw milk drinkers believe it promotes health and wellness, while its detractors say it is a food safety hazard. Raw Milk, Risk, and the Politics of Knowledge explores perspectives on risk and expertise as they play out across the U.S. dairyscape, focusing on the question of unpasteurized milk.

Inspired by my experiences working on a dairy farm in 2012, I use critical Q methodology to measure and compare perspectives of key dairy industry stakeholders in Western Pennsylvania. I am also investigating the history and development of the raw milk movement in the U.S. I apply critical race theory to examine the central role played by the Weston A. Price Foundation in shaping the racial and colonial politics of the raw milk movement.


Selected Presentations:

Sneegas, G. 2018. A Political Ecology of Raw Milk. Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY, February 22-24.

Sneegas, G. 2017. Raw milk, risk, and the politics of knowledge. Future of Food Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO, October 19-21.

Sneegas, G. 2016. Producing/consuming food and knowledge: Fertile ground at the intersection of STS and food studies. Panel Title: “Bringing STS to the Table: Exploring Intersections of Knowledge, Power, and Food.” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY, February 26-27.

Sneegas, G. 2014. Raw milk, risk, and regulation: Applications for Q methodology in human geography. Southeastern Division of the Association for American Geographers Conference, Athens, GA, November 23-25.

Sneegas, G. 2014. A Q methodological analysis of raw milk, regulation, and risk. Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Conference, Burlington, VT, June 18-22.

Sneegas, G. 2014. A heated debate: Pasteurization, raw milk, and the role of regulation. Roger Smith Food and Technology Conference, New York City, NY, April 3-5.

Sneegas, G. 2013. Navigating a changing world: The emergence of vat pasteurized milk. Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Conference, East Lansing, MI, June 19-22.

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