In recent days, a combination of federal and local agencies has been waging war on producers of raw milk.
In this age of increasing health concerns, with rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, more people are turning to sources of better, more healthful food. From locally grown produce at the farmer’s market to produce and meat from organic farms, more and more people are trying to improve their health through better food. One food that many are finding is raw milk, which has not been pasteurized.
The process of pasteurization involves heating the milk to kill bacteria. This process necessarily breaks down some of the nutrients in the milk and changes its flavor. Several dairies are certified to produce and sell raw milk. The major raw milk producer in the US is Alta Dena, but there are many smaller producers of raw milk.
Many consumers mistakenly believe that pasteurized milk is free of bacteria. The truth is that pasteurization kills most, but not all bacteria. The best way to produce safe milk is to raise the cows in clean, healthful conditions and milk them in sanitary conditions.
In spite of the evidence that raw milk can be as safe as pasteurized milk, the FDA has been using Gestapo tactics to raid small producers of raw milk. The government’s own data shows that raw milk is safe, according to Dr. Mercola, a health advocate and MD.
Research by Dr. Ted Beals, MD, featured in the summer 2011 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, shows that you are about 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk! Statistically, you’re also more likely to get injured driving to the farm to pick up your raw milk than becoming ill from drinking it.
“Why is this ‘Unsafe’ Food Banned”
Dairy farmers are raided by police and federal agents with loaded guns, handcuffed and hauled away, while their milk is poured down the drain.
Yet raw milk is safe when produced in clean, healthful, sanitary conditions. Pasteurization is simply a means of making milk safer when it has been produced in less than healthful conditions, Consumers should be allowed to make their own choices, based on information. The government has not banned fast food, processed cheese food and other unhealthful foods. What makes raw milk such a threat is not health concerns, but the fact that it competes with the inferior milk produced in factory farms where cleanliness is not maintained.