There has been some excellent discussion to provide guidance to Marcie McBee, the Tennessee raw-milk farmer who had an outbreak of illness traced to E.coli O157:H7.
The public health profession is terribly inept when it comes to public communication. Some of the problem--the tendency to talk in “scientific” terminology and to limit public access to information--stems from ignorance about how to communicate with the public. But some of it is more devious, and stems from a desire to control and confuse. Two current examples make my point.
Lawton's Family Farm in Foxborough, MA, is one of the oldest farms in the U.S., the only remaining dairy of any kind in the Boston area’s Norfolk county. As such, it has survived revolution, hurricanes, economic depression.