I was saddened to read of the misdemeanor charged to Alicia Santacroce [Village News, 10/23/08] for illegally selling unpasteurized dairy products that she made from her pet goat’s milk. For the last 10 years I have enjoyed the wonderful goat milk, goat cheese and goat yogurt that Alicia lovingly prepared.
As I’ve come to know her, she has become a true inspiration to me: she tends her garden, cares for her goats and chickens and lives in a manner I can only describe as harmonious with the nature.
Recent studies in both the US and Europe have shown that raw milk drinkers are much less prone to allergies, suggesting that much more is lost during pasteurization than just the rare incidence of harmful bacteria.
Most regulations protecting the public from raw dairy products are the result of the practices of large corporate dairy farmers that give rise to harmful bacteria, not the result of home businesses like Alicia’s.
I have set up a fund to help offset the expenses incurred by Alicia: $375 in court processing fees, $50 in court attorney fees and $200 for her hours donated in community service.
If you would like to contribute, donations can be made at First National Bank of Southern California, 139 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, CA 92028, or mailed to Alicia Santacroce Fund, PO Box 477, Fallbrook, CA 92088.
All funds will go directly to Alicia once the target is reached. Checks should be made out to “Alicia Santacroce Fund.”