Raw Milk, Risk, and 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. This project explores perspectives on risk and expertise as they play out across the U.S. dairyscape.

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 have also investigated the history and development of the raw milk movement in the U.S., and the central role played by the Weston A. Price Foundation in that process.


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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