Monday, August 16, 2010

Raw Milk War: Who Do You Think Will Win?

by Kate

Take a look at this picture of my mom milking the family cow. It’s one of my favorite photos of her. Can you see what she’s doing? She’s giving the cat a drink before taking the rest into the house. The milk didn’t have any added hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides in it. It wasn’t pasteurized or homogenized, either. It was as God, or nature, made it, what all farmers and their families drank, and was extremely healthy.

Raw (unpasteurized) milk contains enzymes and bacteria that have been shown to strengthen the immune system, promote healthy bacteria in the intestines and reduce the risks of everything from respiratory disease to obesity. Pasteurization, however, destroys both good and bad bacteria, so you’re basically drinking dead food with bovine hormones and other toxins in it. Imagine if the FDA suddenly announced that breast milk had to be pasteurized and homogenized before a baby could drink it. Isn’t that ridiculous?

Yet that’s exactly what the FDA is doing those of us who wish to buy fresh, living milk from dairy farmers who don’t contaminate or kill their milk. Here’s the irony. Millions of Americans get sick every year from eating contaminated foods. (Think spinach). According to FDA statistics, at least 325,000 will be hospitalized and 5,000 will die. Yet, over a 13 year period, only about 116 illnesses a year were linked to raw milk. Percentage wise, it doesn't even rate.

The Daily Finance reports: "... the number of people sickened by raw milk compared to other foods does not seem to warrant the FDA's focused, expensive campaign ...
No government regulations of interstate commerce in peanuts, kale, or cantaloupes have been suggested, despite the much greater number of people sickened by consuming these foods. Sushi, a raw food that provides a greater opportunity for illness than raw milk, is legal in all 50 states, too."

So what’s up with the FDA? Well, guess. If people demanded raw milk, Big Dairy would have to change the way they run their dairy factories. Cows would have to be treated humanely, and it would cut profits. And guess who the Food and Drug Administration, who is supposed to protect the citizens of this country, sides with? Not the little dairy farmer. Not those of us who don’t want dead milk.

This freedom to buy pure milk is a concern that became dear to my heart as I researched SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE and found out how dairy farm factories treat their animals. If you want to protect your freedom to buy whatever kind of milk or dairy products you choose, here’s a site for more info. http://www.organicpastures.com/

Scary, but with their unfettered power, the FDA could ban organic vegetables next.

Do you think the FDA will win or is there a chance the power of the people will prevail? Would you drink raw milk if you trusted the farmer who sold it?