Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I got this from Natural News.
Growing awareness among the American populace about the health benefits of wholesome, raw milk has been steadily increasing over the past decade, putting many state and federal officials into a frenzy. The harsh crackdown tactics used in the past to deter farmers from selling, and consumers from buying, raw milk are giving way to a new approach that anti-raw milk fanatics hope will put an end to the sale of raw milk.
Why would the state and federal government officials get so upset over something that the people find so healthy? In our current America, the health benefits of raw milk are becoming more and more widespread and desired by consumers, even faster than the organic movement that industrial food producers are hoping to cash in on. The USDA has decided that they cannot stop organic food production and giant agri-business has decided that they can get in at a profit, but that same relationship does not transfer to the milk production.
"While millions of Americans are seriously injured by or die from pharmaceutical drugs every year, U.S. regulatory agencies are busy devising new ways to prevent family farmers from selling a natural, health-promoting food to their fellow citizens."
And pharmaceuticals are not the only ones, the e-coli outbreaks and recall cost our citizens $millions each year and yet those businesses are not inspected more closely, nor are they shut down with their equipment confiscated. No, these are the firms that are rewarded with bigger and bigger contracts which put more farmers OUT OF WORK. This is just the kind of thing that our government should be doing in times like these. Therefore:
Stopping people from consuming raw milk is a top priority for federal and state officials.
This makes no sense.

In the nearly three years that I have been in a cow-share program, I have not noticed any of my fellow members dropping dead from the milk, quite the contrary. I have seen my son's eczema totally clear up. I have seen a friend diagnosed with "lactose intolerance" drink milk and cream on a daily basis. My whole family feels better and stronger from the milk.

Factory processed milk is pasteurized to the point that all the beneficial pro-biotics and vitamins that naturally occur in milk are removed.(this is to kill any stray unhealthy virus that may be present) Then manufactured vitamins and minerals are added back in(these are not as good for you as the natural ones) as well as the unpronounceable items that extend shelf life for the retailer. If you need it in there then why did you take it out, only to replace it?

This makes no sense.
"As private buying clubs have been gaining popularity, officials have begun targeting them to shut them down.

Several buying clubs have recently been targeted in Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin, and even Massachusetts where raw milk laws are more lax. Recent emails obtained through freedom-of-information requests revealed that the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, and other public health and agriculture officials have been planning to raid up to 20 different buying groups in Illinois as well."
This makes no sense
"Americans are increasingly choosing to drink grass-fed, farm-fresh, nutritious raw milk rather than the filthy, processed milk substance available at the grocery store.
"Americans must stand up and resist the tyranny or else face the elimination of one of nature's perfect foods."
This is what make sense

1 comment:

elric said...

Statements like the ones you've made annoy me from a statistical point of view. If you'd like to drink raw milk, go for it -- that's your choice. Probably 99.99% of the time (my guess, no facts here) it won't hurt you.

However, keep in mind that there are over 300,000,000 people in the US alone. Even if only 0.01% has any problem, that's still a lot of people.

So, the statement "everyone I know who drinks it has no problems" isn't really relevant. You might have to talk to 10,000 people to find someone who has a problem.

http://www.foodsafety.ksu.edu/articles/384/RawMilkOutbreakTable.pdf has some info on illnesses associated with raw milk or cheese. (As of 2007, 831 illnesses, 66 hospitalizations and 1 death.) Again, you're probably a lot safer drinking raw milk than you are driving (or walking!) to work, but there's a big difference between something being very unlikely and it being impossible. If you know there's a very small risk and decide to take it, fine.