Photos: Small dairy farmer touts raw milk trade

In a state that nurtures young chefs and generally exalts eating, Louisiana has been slow to adopt the national trend towards local and organic food.

That’s not to say that the farmer’s markets are not popular. From Main Street in Baton Rouge, to Magazine Street in New Orleans, Foreman Street in Lafayette, Covington, Slidell, and Gretna, community markets are crowded Saturday mornings with people buying fresh, locally grown, vegetables, fruits, meats and seafoods, usually produced and sold by the farmer and his family.

But one of the key components in the nation’s “natural foods” movement is missing in Louisiana – the sale of raw milk for human consumption.

Louisiana legislators this week will debate whether this state should remain among the 10 in the country that ban the sale of unpasteurized milk.