|Down with the decree against raw milk!|
The farmers also protested against proposed laws prohibiting the sale of raw milk, which may contain dangerous microbes , but which others claim brings health benefits. Some Bogotanos, mostly in poor neighborhoods, call raw milk 'real, real milk' and swear by it. But government inspectors have found that much raw milk doesn't meet health standards. The raw milk industry employs hundreds of people in Bogotá. The raw milkers won their battle, as the government backed off of its prohibition plans.
Colombia's conservative governments have eagerly pursued free trade agreements. A FTA with the U.S. has sat mired in the U.S.'s Congress for years because of concerns of U.S. unions, environmentalists, human rights activists and others. The delay has created tensions between the two governments.
|A indigenous Guambiano milk marcher|
|Milk men and women|