Raw Milk Gets a Raw Deal

July 6, 2010
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7.5milkTo public health officials and state departments of agriculture, unpasteurized milk is a dangerous, germ-ridden liquid that is especially hazardous to children and their immature immune systems. And the FDA has been on a rampage against raw milk for quite some time. If it weren’t for the fact that twenty-eight states allow the sale of raw milk, the FDA would ban it nationally. The agency has already banned raw milk artisanal cheeses that aren’t aged at least 60 days, a requirement that puts an enormous strain on small artisanal farms and cheesemakers.

In the case of imported cheeses such as from France, only a limited number of producers are allowed in at all, thereby eliminating the best cheeses. This is another glaring example of how the FDA prefers to concentrate food and drug production in the hands of a few large companies with which the agency has close ties. Favoring large producers over family and artisanal producers does not make our food any safer. On the contrary, it just makes it less safe, less nutritious, and also invites more corruption of the government by powerful companies growing rich from government-created monopolies.

Even more galling is the fact that the raw milk cheese aging requirement is completely arbitrary. There is no scientific (or even anecdotal) evidence to suggest that aging cheese a particular length of time will make it any safer than it already is.

And it is indeed safe. Raw milk has shown to be superior to pasteurized milk in protecting against infection, diarrhea, rickets, tooth decay, and tuberculosis; children drinking raw milk have better growth rates than those drinking pasteurized milk. The Weston A. Price Foundation has launched a campaign for “real milk,” that is, pasture-fed, unprocessed, and full-fat. The campaign’s website carefully documents the safety of raw milk, its health benefits, and the economic issues involved.

ANH–USA believes consumers should have the right to access non-processed foods, and farmers should be able to offer these products directly to consumers. State laws governing the sale of raw milk vary tremendously. Retail sale of unpasteurized milk is fully legal in ten states; it is banned outright in another ten. In the rest it is legal only at the farm, via “cow-share” (when people buy shares in a cow so they’re drinking their own milk), according to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

The cow providing your raw milk is important. Many cows are overmilked with bad results for their health and the quality of the milk. No one would knowingly choose a milk that is full of white blood cells and other signs of poor health.

The issue of raw milk is heating up in Wisconsin, the “land of all things dairy.” Some farmers blame huge dairy corporations for driving down prices to a point where family farms can’t compete. The problem has some farmers switching to niche markets like raw milk, hoping to have more control over their products. But Wisconsin law allows only incidental sales of raw milk (that is, it can’t be part of the farm’s regular business), and such sales cannot be advertised.

Right now there are two lawsuits in Wisconsin challenging the state’s ban on raw milk sales. In one of the suits, the operators of Grassway Organic Farm allege that regulators have no right to stop them from selling raw milk to customers who are part-owners of their farm. An attorney from Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection challenged the suit, saying, “We believe that this idea of this members-only organization that can be outside the regulations is simply not available under Wisconsin law.” The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which is based in Virginia and advocates for raw milk sales nationally, is defending the farmers in both cases.

Both houses of the Wisconsin legislature approved a bill legalizing raw milk sales this year, only to have it be vetoed by the governor, Jim Doyle. Why the veto? The bill had been opposed by Wisconsin’s dairy industry (controlled by large producers) and the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Wisconsin residents tell your Governor, State Senators and Representative you want the raw milk bill re-introduced, passed and signed into law.  TAKE ACTION HERE


60 Responses to “Raw Milk Gets a Raw Deal”

  1. Dave Wilber says:

    cow’s milk kills! http://www.notmilk.com http://www.nomilk.com

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  2. GoodSense says:

    The problem isn’t small farms and raw milk. The problem is the large scale industrial over milking of cows, that produces diseased sickly cows, that get the ying-yang milked out of them. Now if these ‘”large scale industrial milkers” start selling raw milk that’s a problem. So the FDA decided the ban raw milk across the board, instead of just banning instead of just banning “large industrial milkers” from selling the sickly raw milk, from the sick cow they over milk. It’s a sad situation but the FDA is just protecting it’s assets it have with the big milking industry. So the little farmer becomes the “scape-goat” of inforcing the ban. What the FDA needs to do instead of banning raw milk, is to inspect, and regulate the standards for the quality of the raw milk, so it is perfectly safe and healthy, for public consumption.

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  3. Dave Wilber says:

    RAW OR PASTEUREIZED, MILK IS A DEADLY POISON AND THERE IS A BOOK TITLED, MILK, THE DEADLY POISON. FOR DAILY NEWSLETTER, SEE: http://WWW.NOTMILK.COM A FEW OF THESE FREE MESSAGES WILL DO YOU A LOT OF GOOD. IT IS NOT MY SITE, IT BELONGS TO ROBERT COHEN IN NEW JERSEY. I BELIEVE THE ONLY THING THAT STOPS HIM FROM DESTROYING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE IS GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES. MILK CAUSES DISEASE FOR EVERY LETTER OF THE ALPHABET–COHEN ALSO WROTE : MILK, A-Z
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  4. runnin girl says:

    here in GA sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal. You can buy it for pet use. I’ve researched places here that sell it and it seems to me that if the farm has good sanitary practices and is organic and the cows are grass fed; that it would be healthy and safe.

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  5. Dave Wilber says:

    No honest person would read today’s not milk letter
    and promote drinking the body fluids of diseased
    animals ie. cow’s milk. Subscribe free and ask for
    today’s not milk letter, especially if you like tuberculosis,
    Milk causes a disease for every letter of the alphabet
    –why else would it be subsidized? Why is tobacco
    subsidized? With 146 ways sugar can hurt us, why
    is sugar subsidized? http://www.notmilk.com
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  6. Mary says:

    I Joined the raw milk underground about five years ago. You couldn’t pay me to go back to super market milk products. My 85 year old father loves the milk and butter and can go through a quart in a couple of days. Luckily we have a reasonably priced source from an Amish farmer. We love the rich silky texture, and sweet full taste. Raw milk must come from cows on pasture to be safe. Our milk keeps about 12 days then sours beautifully, We always have some sour milk and cream for baking and sauces, and I frequently make yogurt. I also save the whey from sour milk for pickling, dressings, beverages, etc per Weston Price guidelines.
    My Dad often comes down with stomach “bugs” when he takes a long visit with my sister who is devoted to a low fat, almost vegetarian diet. Someone is always sick at her house, yet she believes that they are “eating healthy.” At my house we are never sick, and I teach in elementary schools where I am exposed to lots of virus’s etc.. I’m convinced that raw dairy has improved my immune system and given me vitality. I also think my “good fat” diet helped me sail through menopause without problems and keeps my metabolism balanced. I could go on, but I’m just glad to see that word is getting out. We must fight to make real milk and dairy products widely available. It could save the country!

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  7. Gerry Grummons says:

    I grew up in a rural area in South Dakota. Graduated from H S in 1958. Most of my classmates grew up on raw milk and locally raised produce. At our 50th class reunion, all still very healthy. I wonder if this small group is a basis for the support of raw milk. Keep up the good work in this effort.

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  8. Timothy Humphrey says:

    I’ve been drinking raw milk for a year now with no ill effects. You do have to look into the source though. I’d never drink raw milk from a factor farm. If you HAVE to give the cows antibiotics then I can’t imagine what’s in the milk they produce, so yeah, burn / pasteurize that milk. Cows that are healthy, get sunshine, freedom to roam, sit and chew their cud are cows I’d rather drink milk from. It’s worth keeping in mind pasteurization only became necessary a century ago with unsanitary living conditions for cows, for thousands of years before that people drink raw milk.

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  9. Dawna Coxon says:

    Dangers from Pasteurized Milk (from http://www.westonaprice.org)

    PASTEURIZED milk has been the source of many widespread outbreaks. A total for some of the documented outbreaks due to PASTEURIZED milk over the past few decades is 239,884 cases and 620 deaths.

    The nation’s largest recorded outbreak of Salmonella was due to PASTEURIZED milk contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella typhimurium. The outbreak, which occurred between June 1984 and April 1985 sickened over 200,000 and caused 18 deaths. Disturbingly, the CDC did not issue a specific Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for this outbreak; information must be gleaned from other reports published in the FDA Consumer and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    A 2004 outbreak in Pennsylvania and New Jersey involved multidrug-resistant Salmonella typhimurium infection from milk contaminated after pasteurization.
    Despite numerous outbreaks due to pasteurized milk, neither the FDA nor the CDC has ever issued a warning against consuming pasteurized milk. Pasteurization is not a guarantee; pasteurized milk is not sterile. The FDA permits the presence of up to 20,000 bacteria /ml and 10 E.coli/ml in milk after the pasteurization process has been completed.
    Because pasteurization destroys probiotics (good bacteria), any harmful bacteria present in the milk after pasteurization can and will flourish. On the other hand, published research shows that good bacteria and many other components in raw milk actually destroy pathogens added to the milk.

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  10. Suzanne says:

    There are two great books to read on the healthfulness of raw milk. Both are available on Amazon and you probably can find them used. I would suggest that you read both of them. I have been drinking raw milk for the past 10 years and have never gotten sick. I believe in it
    whole heartedly. One is The Untold Story of Milk, Revised and Updated… See More: The History, Politics and Science of Nature’s Perfect Food: Raw Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows [Paperback]
    Ron Schmid (Author) and the other one is The Raw Truth About Milk [Paperback]
    William Campbell Douglass II (Author), MD (Author)

    I understand why Whole Foods stopped selling raw milk — they were scared but their fear is ridiculous and unfounded. Raw milk is so much healthier than pasteurized milk. Raw milk farmers do many more checks on their cows than the farmers who sell pasteurized milk do — so things like Brucella are screened for and taken care of. It’s been a great scapegoat because the pasteurized milk lobby in this country is so darn high that raw milk is blamed for getting people sick. More often than not it’s something else that people have been eating that have made them sick.

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  11. The federal government only has jurisdiction over foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and trade with the Indians. The gov’t has no jurisdiction over intrastate commerce – period!
    So how is the gov’t regulating us to death? The gov’t is operating under foreign commerce.
    Social Security is the basis of all of America’s problems – the basis of all the Socialistic federal regulatory agencies. The “Form SS-5″ that an American uses to apply for a S.S.# is a federal employment form. You gave away all sovereignty by becoming a federal employee. After all, only federal employees are liable for federal employment taxes.
    You know the name of the federal employee – the “taxpayer”. “Taxpayer” is a legal term defined at 26 C.F.R. 2.1-1(a)(5) as a member of the Merchant Marine. Further, at 26 C.F.R. 2.1-1(b) it states that this is the definition of the term as used throughout the Code and the regulations for all calculation of taxes.
    You checked the box labeled “U.S. citizen” on the “Form SS-5″ when you applied for a S.S.#.
    A “U.S. citizen” is defined and exemplified in the Code as a person born in one of the States who then establishes a residence in a U.S. possession (Puerto Rico is used in the example within the regulations), and, further acquires U.S. possession citizenship (Puerto Rican citizenship is used in the example within the regulations). This example is found at 26 C.F.R. 25.2501-1(c) and it references back to 26 U.S.C. section 2501(b) where it states that this is the definition of the term “citizen” “wherever used in the title”.
    The combination of the terms “taxpayer” and “U.S. citizen” is known as a “U.S. resident” at 26 U.S.C. section 865(g).
    Your Census Bureau questionnaire was mailed to “RESIDENT”. The Census Bureau is within the Dept of Commerce. Title 15 U.S.C., “Commerce and Trade”, is implemented by title 15 C.F.R., “Commerce and Foreign Trade”. Everything is based upon foreign commerce.
    To learn more about the Social Security Scam go to http://wp.me/PCW6e-E

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  12. Carla says:

    I’ve been drinking raw milk and eating raw cheese for years. Never once got sick. In fact, it’s the only dairy my body can handle. The FDA needs to quit whining. Twelve people per year get sick and not a single person dies? People get food poisoning sometimes. It’s life. Life happens. But you need to let us choose for ourselves what we want. You are not our mother. Personal freedom and responsibility.

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    • Mary says:

      And why is it ok to buy and consume raw seafood, a much greater risk, not to mention raw vegetables, raw meat, etc. We take a chance when we buy all these basic natural foods. Why is raw dairy subjected to the witch hunt treatment. Follow the money…

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  13. Edward Winegart says:

    I raised all six of my children on Altadena Certified raw milk, cheese and butter. My youngest was allergic to pasteurized, homogenized milk by had no problem with the raw. The Great state of Montana should follow Wisconsin in legalizing its sale and not take the will of the large milk producers who find it too difficult to raise diseased free cows.

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  14. Too bad the farmers don’t have enough money to “contribute” to the politians and FDA for the raw milk approval–I’m sure the manufactures of milk products are behind the FDA’s stand on raw milk!!!!

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  15. anne perry brown says:

    Please allow the sale of raw milk. It has health giving properties not found in pastuerized or super heated milk.

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  16. Rev. Bernie Siebers says:

    I am serving on and off in the Philippines, but I did want to comment. I had to buy Raw Milk for my DODS so I could use some for myself. When the Government figures how to make Money under the table or TAX it , then it will be approved. Our wonderful Socialistic Government is no longer looking out for the interest of the people they are suppose to be serving.

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  17. David Shelton says:

    Brucella is a very serious disease that can be contracted from sick cows through raw milk. I see nothing in this article that mentions the danger people, and particularly children, face from drinking raw milk from infected cows. This disease is not uncommon in Mexico, for example, because they have no requirements to pasteurize milk. The fact that there are only about 200 cases a year (per the CDC) of brucella in the US is because most milk is pasteurized. The danger is that if someone contracts brucella, no one will recognize the symptoms, not even doctors, because they have little or no experience with this disease since it is so rare in this country, and so it may go untreated, or be treated improperly. As more people want to drink raw milk, there will be more cases of brucella, possibly not being recognized as such. This is a disease that is a general feeder, and can cause blindness, mental retardation, heart disease, arthritic inflammation, etc.

    I would feel more confident about the raw milk idea if people were aware of this associated disease. Certainly, if one wants to drink milk, it should be as nutritious as possible, therefore should be raw. But in all the literature and commentary on this issue, I see no mention of the dangers of this disease. I therefore must assume that those promoting this idea are unaware of it, which is a dangerous situation for everyone, particularly children.

    I agree that raw milk is more nutritious, but if we are going to drink raw milk, we need to be sure the cows are regularly screened for brucella and other diseases. Personally, I don’t think that cow’s milk is what human children ought to be drinking because it’s not in the natural order of things to cross mammalian species lines where milk is concerned, and I think it can lead to undesirable results, like premature hardening of the arteries for example. Cow’s milk is not even close in comparison to human milk.

    I would suggest that those writing articles like the one above examine their premises more carefully and research the brucella question.

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    • Elaine Fredrick says:

      If you do some research, you will see US cattle are tested for Brucellosis, which does occur in foreign countries, is associated with foreign travel, and is not usually attributed to raw milk, as the same group people (in a foreign country) drink the same milk and do not all get Brucellosis. Brucellosis is also more associated with the swine industry.

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      • Sharon says:

        Also, a good quality dairy will post it’s bactieria counts. The one I used to buy from, can’t now because they were not allowed to sell across state lines anymore, had a lower one than most “paturized” dairy farms…..hmmmm

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  18. David Getoff says:

    So what else is new? The large dairies do not want the public to know the facts or benefits of raw grass fed whole milk and cheeses and so they pressure the FDA. The FDA often lets politics get in the way of facts. It appears that more people get sick every year from pasteurized milk than from raw. One day I hope to live in a free country.
    David Getoff, CTN, CCN, FAAIM

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  19. tevet tee says:

    The sale of raw milk must be allowed. It should be our choice.

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  20. BimBam says:

    I say bring on the RAW milk. Let the issue decide itself. I don’t need a government official to tell me what they think might happen.

    If raw milk is bad the issue will be decided by the market pretty quick. So, what is this government official worried about?

    Unless, he just protecting someone else’s issue. Like the diary conglemerate that put them in office?

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  21. jane seward says:

    I support the selling and buying of raw milk products, without government restrictions.

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  22. Cynthia says:

    Thousands of people get food poisoning each year from fast food places, and salad bar places.

    I people want to eat fast food the gov. lets them. Let people who want to use raw products have them also.

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  23. Barry Klein says:

    EVERY human being has a right to ingest raw dairy and it is soooo much safer than pasteurized/homogenized dairy!!! earlier generations drank raw milk and they were fine!!! this is a corporate influenced agenda that the FDA is trying to shove down our throats!!! the truth is that raw is best and the truth is always greater than the facts of the FDA!!! The truth shall set you free!!!

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  24. Juanita Heitter says:

    Government get out of Farmers pockets. Your ridiculous claims ruin more peoples’ health then help!

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  25. Karin Rada says:

    I am 77 years old. I grew up drinking raw milk and I only bought raw milk for my children. We never had any problems.
    The milk sold today is no longer milk. It has little nutritional value, since it is dead food. The reason
    that the dairy industry insist on pasteurizing milk is because they can mix old milk with fresh milk and add water and nobody will know.
    I recently bought some “Organic” heavy cream from Lucerne Foods, Inc., 1-877-232-4271. It tasted so awful that I could not use it. The ingredients were: “organic GradeA cream (milk) and carrageenan!”
    I never drink milk anymore. It is no longer fit for human consumption!

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  26. frances schuster says:

    We drink raw milk from pastured cows. The difference is uncomparable. Let farmers sell raw milk from from pastured cows.

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  27. Cheesehead says:

    Edit

    My bad…in previous email, a typo…it should read IGF-1, as in Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1.

    Can you please repair that?

    Thanks.

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  28. Cheesehead says:

    I appreciate all of the things you do. I would suggest, however, that you dive deeper into the dairy universe before putting so much energy into touting dairy of ANY kind…I’d suggest that you read The China Study, which summarizes the research pointing toward Casein (major dairy protein) as a cancer promoter, and dairy on the whole seems more and more likely to be a significant cause of Type 1 Diabetes and perhaps also a whole range of (related?) auto-immune diseases. I’d also suggest you read the works of Robert Cohen (the NOT Milk man), including Dairy A to Z, which simply cites the science linking dairy consumption to a wide range of health concerns. Another key concern is the presence of IFG-1, a hormone found in cow’s milk which is identical to the same hormone fund in humans, a powerful growth hormone, and also implicated as a cancer promoter. Both of these gentlemen base their writings on science based work which questions the essential health benefits of any dairy BEFORE it hits the pasteurization/homogenization process.

    an ex-dairy lover.

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    • Iris Weaver says:

      So here’s my question: if even raw dairy is cancer-promoting and disease-causing, why weren’t there epidemics of cancer and other diseases that could be related to dairy in all the centuries before we started doing studies in the 20/21 century?

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  29. SANDI says:

    YES, WE KEEP FIGHTING THIS ISSUE OVER AND OVER, AGAIN AND LOOSING TO THE FALSE BELIEF OUT THERE OR PUSHED BY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOSCIATION AS UNHEALTHY PROBIOTIC BACTERIA COMING OUT OF RAW COWS AND GOATS MILK…..I FIND IT FUNNY BECAUSE GOAT MILK IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LACTOSE INTOLERANT PEOPLE. MANY SMALL FARMERS GET UP EARLY IN THE MORING TO HAND MILK GOATS AND GET IT DELIVERED TO AN INFANT WHO REALLY NEEDS IT AND GUESS WHAT THOSE INFANTS ARE THRIVING BECAUSE OF HEALTHY BACTERIA IN THEIR SYSTEMS.
    I DO HAVE A BRAIN THAT IS WELL FED BECAUSE OF MY RESEARCH REGARDING WHAT I PUT INTO MY BODY AND MY CHILDREN’S BODIES FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.
    WHAT IS A SHAME IS THAT WE REALLY KNOW CONSUMER PROTECTION IS ONLY FOR MAKING BIG PHARMA RICHER AND RICHER…..LEAVE THE LITTLE GUY ALONE. AND HIS TRULY HAPPY COWS AND GOATS.

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  30. Gabrielle Menendez says:

    Raw milk is not the culprit it has been portrayed to be. It is far more healthy than pasteurized.

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    • Diane says:

      I am allergic to store boughten milk. So is one of my daughters. We get severe diarrhea and stomach cramps as well as hives when we dring store milk but we both can tolerate raw milk. Not only that it tastes better “real”.

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  31. Keith Huxoll says:

    Raw milk sales should be legalized in all 50 states and around the world for that matter. Of course, it all comes down to money and raw milk has a much shorter shelf life than paseurized milk. Still people should have the right to choose which type of milk that will buy.

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  32. Nance says:

    I guess I’m the one that denies raw milk tastes good. The day I first tried it was the day I quit drinking milk and I was just a kid. I’m now a senior and still won’t drink it – use it on cereal only and as little as possible. I do like natural things but raw mild isn’t one of them on the list.

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  33. Scott Brown says:

    Do a math check: 800 cases divided by 12 years = 67.

    Do a usage check: lightening is what you do to coffee or heavy loads. Lightning comes out of the sky.

    Neither one of these are reasons to refute your point, which people long before Adelle Davis have been trying to pound into people’s heads since shortly after the laws requiring the pasteurization of milk were enacted. For most people whose systems tolerate milk, the nutritional value of unpasteurized, unhomogenized, undiluted, organic dairy products far exceeds that of processed milk (at least, this was true before the advent of industrial lot raised cows, massive doses of antibiotics in GMO corn and soy feed).

    If milk were, in fact, “nature’s most perfect food,” who in their right minds could argue that we have to do all these things to it before we can safely consume it?

    I love milk and all milk products. Yet, because I have no source for raw milk, I almost never indulge anymore. I do eat free range buffalo, chicken, venison, elk and local beef from ranchers whose ranges I can drive to in an hour. Unfortunately, SW NM is big on beef cattle, dairy not so much so.

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  34. Donna Kuck DVM says:

    As a veterinarian who also has a BS in Animal Science, I have a certain amount of knowledge of all sides of this issue, although I am not a dairy practitioner.

    My suggestion would be to create a new industry of independent food and milk safety testing companies. Let the Federal and State government closely regulate these testers instead of themselves inspecting food production establishments. As we know – current inspections are inadequate. But a science-based, well regulated industry of safety testing might be able to fill in the gaps. Then – remove all the regulations forbidding farmers and dairies from selling to consumers and local markets. Let the buyer inspect the safety certificates and buy with the assurance that the product is safe. If the producer is regularly monitored, then the producer has strong incentive to apply cleanliness and sanitation measures at all stages of production, thus ensuring safer products. Let them sell to individuals and/or local markets. The buyer would have the opportunity to check the safety certifications and buy with confidence. It is NOT rocket science to produce clean and safe farm and dairy products. Prices to the consumer might vary quite a bit – and reflect more accurately the extra care required to ensure a healthy product. We would keep more small family farmers in business and create a demand for locally produced products. In turn, this would reduce wasteful (in terms of oil) long distance transportation of food and counter-productive subsidies to crops such as corn. In the interest of brevity, I’ll stop here….

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    • Corinne says:

      The veternarian has the right idea about government regulations on the sale of raw milk. I grew up drinking raw milk. I was never sick or had allergies.

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    • Alvin Schlangen says:

      I’d support an independent testing protocol that would eliminate pathogens and toxic substances. No reason to have otherwise healthy cows and humans being fed environmental pollutants or pathogens. If testing is warranted, lets make it realistically comprehensive and keep it independent. Consumer oversight is far more effective that if done by government.

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  35. J. KORN says:

    I HAVE CONSUMED RAW MILK ALL MY LIFE, AND I SEE NO HARM IN IT. I AM 51 YEARS OLD AND CAN STILL KEEP UP WITH MOST OF THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, PLUS I HAVE BEEN TOLD I LOOK YOUNGER THAN I AM. RAW MILK IS BASICALLY HARMLESS, I AM LIVING PROOF, HAVING NO CANCER, ETC AND ON NO DRUGS WHATSOEVER! I THINK THE BILL SHOULD BE REINTRODUCED, AND BEFORE YOU CONDEMN SOMETHING, HAVE THE DECENCY TO TRY IT FIRST!

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  36. Harlan H. Mills says:

    Growing up in the 1930’s & 1940’s we always use raw milk from the cows we milked. For the 22 years I lived at home we never had any problem with the raw milk.

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  37. radha says:

    As long is hygiene is required for any process in the food industry thier is no threat of contamination. Everyone knows that raw food period is healthier. Milk heated to very high tempertures is so depleted of any health benefits that it seems criminal to tamper with natures bounty. I question the intentions of the FDA. Is it economy or ecology they are supporting? In the ultimate understanding when the ecology, that is the healthiest food is promoted then the economy grows from a solid foundation.

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  38. Caroline Gay Attri says:

    Since the ridiculousness of government control over food and health has gone too far in prohibiting raw milk – which is the ONLY healthy milk – from being available for purchase, we have gone to our friends, who own a small farm, to buy their raw milk. And they don’t kill their cows (or bulls, or steers) when they can no longer produce, just like my family will not kill me when I am too old to serve them.

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  39. c graf says:

    RAW MILK? Are you nuts? Who has died from drinking pasteurized milk? Who was Louis Pasteur? Was he just wasting his time? Wisconsin is the same place that wouldn’t let us have colored margarine for years. It’s all political. You couldn’t pay me to drink raw milk and I doubt it tastes delicious.

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    • Raw Mom says:

      I have been drinking raw milk from a certified farm for close to 2 years. Once I started drinking it, I realized quickly that one cannot compare it to the “milk” found in a grocery store. The taste of raw milk is far superior to that found in a store, and I believe it has numerous health benefits, as well. (ex. I had problems with eczema for over 6 years, but once I started drinking raw milk it went away!) I even drank raw milk while I was pregnant, and now have a very healthy baby boy. When we are done with nursing, he will drink raw milk, too. Please do not slam raw milk until you have tried it and researched it thoroughly.

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    • Dr.Mark Perlmutter says:

      Well C Graf, we are not nuts. And yes, people have died from drinking pasteurized milk, directly and indirectly. As far as Louis Pasteur, he died long befor milk began to be subjected to pasteurization. You might find the book, The Untold Story of Milk quite enlightening on all these points and more. And by the way, if you wouldn’t drink raw milk even if payed, how would you know how it tastes? It is quite delicious! And healthy, and safe.And you are correct when you claim it’s all politics and I’ll add money. Instead of taking the party line without question as you clearly are, do some research before accusing those of us who choose natural over processed of mental illness. I would accuse you of ignorance, but not insanity.

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      • roknrobin says:

        Hip hip horray to you Dr Mark! A very honest and candid and uncritical response to someone who knows not yet judges a lot. Let’s all hear it for raw milk and its healthful benefits!!!

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    • Ann F says:

      …actually it tastes real. I grew up on raw milk. The stuff that you buy at the store is full of antibiotics and other harmful chemicals such as hormones…wonder why our little girls are maturing earlier and earlier. Eight years old is too young. Science is being bought and sold when big business is involved.

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    • >>Who has died from drinking pasteurized milk?

      Look up Whittier Farms in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Four people died.

      From realmilk.com: PASTEURIZED milk has been the source of many widespread outbreaks. A total for some of the documented outbreaks due to PASTEURIZED milk over the past few decades is 239,884 cases and 620 deaths.

      >>Who was Louis Pasteur?

      He was an intellectual property thief, a plagiarist, an excellent marketer, and a liar. Look up Antoine Bechamp whose work Pasteur stole.

      >>You couldn’t pay me to drink raw milk and I doubt it tastes delicious.

      I would never pay you to drink raw milk, and your doubts are as dubious and Pasteur’s germ theory.

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      • Drina Brooke says:

        The practice of pasteurization began in order to mask health-producing problems with inferior quality milk. Raw milk is a sign of confidence in the health of their animals and milk, on the farmer’s part. And good quality raw milk keeps very well, whereas inferior quality milk spoils rapidly. I have seen this in concrete fact, having grown up drinking raw and pasteurized milk, each alike. We found that the stuff in the carton went bad rapidly but the raw milk kept beautifully, especially if stored in earthenware for some reason. And in earthenware, we would make our own raw milk yogurt and cheese, and when made in the earthenware it has a whole other flavor than in other materials. Dont ask me why, but there it is.

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      • Donna says:

        Raw milk is very good and healthy. PASTEURIZED AND HOMOGENIZIED Dairy products are not healthy. Raw milk has lots of healthy bacteria that are body needs. Help prevent lots of health problems. When cook milk it changes milk into something are body can not process and use. Milk should be cooked at all.

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        • Iris Weaver says:

          I drank raw milk as young kid, and in my twenties. In my fifties, I started drinking raw milk again, and found the rich,delicious taste I’d been missing in pasteurized milk.

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    • roknrobin says:

      So, c graf, which big industry do you work for that is keeping completely safe raw milk off the shelves and away from those who know of its health benefits? You obviously must be either working for one or are just ignorant of the political and big money reasons for keeping freedom of choice away from the general public. Not to mention the health benefits of drinking the stuff straight from the cow (ever heard of the blood-brain barrier? Thought not). As to Louis Pasteur, the man apologized for introducing the process that bears his name on his death bed. He had discovered upon further research that pasterization wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Other problems existed. Oh, that is a generally unknown factoid conveniently hushed by the media. Too bad.

      As to the safety of raw milk, when i purchased the last gallon of raw milk that I was legally allowed to purchase in my liberal state of Oregon. I took six months to consume that last gallon of milk. Of course I love buttermilk and that is what the raw milk turned into, thanks to the natural, protective enzymes that are a natural part of the stuff. I challenge you or anyone else to make any pasteurized product last that long and still be in a consumable state. Pasterized milk ROTS. Raw milk turns into buttermild and is self preserving. Hmm. Oh, have you ever tried buttermilk pancakes for breakfast? Good stuff!

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  40. Pamela says:

    raw milk, I mean.

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  41. Pamela says:

    Leave our farmers alone. We want raw milk, not that watered down stuff that has no nutrients in it. Tell the FDA to get a life. Lets compare the problems with raw mile to the death rate of medical mistakes. Shall we ban all western medicine?? Hmmm?

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    • Western medicine is largely based on a false paradigm caused by external factors and organisms. They are doctors of medicine (drugs)–they study disease and its treatment with drugs and surgery, they know very little about health. We need doctors of health (nutrition).

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      • BrianYYC says:

        There is nothing in the constitution to deny people raw milk or cheese, nor any other natural food. The FDA should not be making regulations to keep a person from ingesting any food or food product. It should only regulate cleanliness and ensure that no unwanted or dangerous additives get in to our food. Let natural foods prevail unhindered by so-called science. This brings me to the fluoride debate, but don’t get me started.

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    • Alex says:

      Ban western medicine?…at this rate that sounds like a good idea!!

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