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Why an Idaho Girl Supports CA Raw Milk – Organic Pastures Dairy

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For nearly five years, my family has drank raw milk. It’s one of the most important staples in our kitchen for sustenance and health.  Not once has it made any of us sick.  It should be the right of everyone to be able to to choose what foods he or she will and won’t consume. In a country where food recalls are frequent and the companies that sell those products are continued to allow to sell those products despite little to no change in their growing and production habits, I will continue to stand up for our rights as citizens in this country to consume the foods we choose.

Last week, some children in the state of CA became sickened and three were admitted to the hospital. On Tuesday, Novmember 15th, the State of CA issued a recall on all products from Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, CA.  The California Department of Public Health reported that no E. Coli 0157:H7 was found in any of the products taken from the homes of these five children who became ill.

By law, Organic Pastures performs weekly tests on their milk before sale, and continue to receive clean test results. However, because all these children reported drinking raw milk, the State of California maintains that the culprit must be from the milk and that Organic Pastures may not sell dairy products until further notice.  According to Mercury News, “California State Veterinarian Annette Whiteford ordered all Organic Pastures’ raw dairy products, except for cheese aged at least 60 days, to be pulled immediately from retail shelves. She strongly urged consumers to dispose of any such products in their refrigerators.”

On the heels of this incident, just two days later, Ready Pac Foods Inc., based in Irwindale, CA was asked to recall 5,379 cases of their bagged salad products due to possible E. coli bacteria contamination.  Just last month, another recall of bagged lettuce was issued from Taylor Farms of CA (same state).  These are not isolated incidents nor coincidences.  The reality is, recalls from bagged produce and other products happen all the time.

Where is the E. coli coming from? Answer: runoff water from factory farms, where E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella are rampant due to unsanitary and unhealthful practices. This is why I don’t buy any bagged lettuce. I buy local, whole heads of lettuce when they are in season, and whole lettuce heads at the health food store, organic when I can.

During the time when my family first started drinking raw milk, for nearly two years we had no raw milk access here in Boise, ID. So I ordered packages of raw dairy products to be shipped to our home every 6-7 weeks. We consumed milk, butter, cheese, and colostrum and it was a delicious and nutritious part of our family meals. Then, the State of CA decided that raw dairy foods could no longer be shipped beyond the borders of their state, so we had to start finding raw dairy sources here in ID.

What’s all the fuss about raw milk, anyway?

Raw milk receives a great deal of criticism by mainstream health communities and the media. But raw milk from healthy cows on pasture is a safe and natural food, no different than farm-fresh produce from sustainable farmers using healthy practices. It’s important to note that thousands upon thousands of food products are recalled in our food system regularly – including many types of fruits and vegetables which have been found to contain the E. coli bacteria. And yet you won’t hear medical and health authorities telling the consumer public to stop buying and eating these foods.

When milk is pasteurized, the heating process destroys healthy bacteria which prevents the pathogenic from becoming a problem. The beneficial bacteria, found in raw milk, are largely unavailable in the food supply due to processing, irradiation, and pasteurization. We need these bacteria to keep our digestive and immune systems, and health in optimal condition.  Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D., a leading authority in health, discusses the importance of probiotics in maintaining our health. Pasteurization also destroys necessary enzymes which allow us to absorb the nutrients found in milk.

Raw milk is not the same

Of course, authorities claim raw milk is different than fruits and vegetables.  They say it isn’t the same as consuming raw vegetables or other agricultural products containing pathogenic bacteria because milk is not cooked, such as vegetables, or washed and that if contamination exists there is really no method of destroying it. Public health officials contend that pasteurization was developed to kill these harmful bacteria, since before it was used milk contained harmful bacteria that regularly made people sick or killed them.

Commercial dairies use unsafe and unsanitary practices

In her book, Real Food: What to Eat and Why, Nina Planck tells us that pasteurization came along as a response to slop dairies in the 1800s, which started to spring up in urban cities in the eastern U.S.  These dairies were located next to whiskey distilleries for convenience – they used cheap feed from the distilleries in order to control costs. Some of the dairy owners even added molasses, burned sugar, starch, flour, or chalk to impart more texture and body. Some dairies added water to their milk to stretch the milk farther and save more money.

Cows also lived in the most horrific, unsanitary conditions as well, and were often found crammed together in close quarters, having open sores on their bodies, and ulcerated gums with teeth falling out. It’s no surprise that when the cows consumed this feed and lived in this manner, they became sick. Then, the milk consumed from the cows in these dairies made humans sick – causing all the diseases which have been reported by public health officials for many years and bringing the justification for pasteurization to surface – tuberculosis and brucellosis (also known as undulant fever), and many others.

Cattle are ruminants and their digestive systems are intended to process grass – not grain, corn, soy, flour, sugar, or any other substance. When you take the cow out of its natural environment of pasture and sunshine, and force feed it substances it was not meant to ingest, problems occur. In the case of slop dairies, regulations and laws for keeping cows healthy and clean were not in place; and the advent of pasteurization did not improve conditions, it only allowed them to continue.

So when public health officials made the statement about pasteurization being developed to destroy harmful bacteria – they were only partially right. The pathogens were indeed there due to the horrific conditions present in dairies, but pasteurization doesn’t always solve the problem.  Nina Planck also mentions the fact that certain bacteria such as Listeria, are not impervious to pasteurization.  Also, in large dairies, pasteurization “allows less scrupulous dairy farmers to be lax with cow health and milk handling because they count on pasteurization to destroy pathogens – at least the heat-sensitive ones – that may taint milk.”  This is as true today as it was over a hundred or more years ago.

Watch highlights from the video conference given by Mark McAfee about the recall:

Read the official press release from Organic Pastures. And, please take action and make your voice heard about this matter!

Contact:

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of Public Affairs, Steve Lyle:

(916) 654-0462
slyle@cdfa.ca.gov

Leave your comments on the California Department of Food and Agriculture Facebook page.

Keep up with the latest developments on this case via Organic Pastures Facebook page.

What’s the bottom line?

Raw milk from healthy cows on pasture eating grass is the obvious choice for health – it is full of important beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and brimming with nutrients that simply are difficult to obtain in most of what’s available in our food supply. Milk that is pasteurized is sure to contain harmful bacteria that will make you sick, and as we’ve reviewed, pasteurized milk is not always “safe” to consume.

Why our family chooses raw over pasteurized milk

Is cheap food really cheap? The hidden costs of industrial food

The truth about raw milk, Part I

The truth about raw milk, Part II

This post is part of Sarah The Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania

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Support the Real Food Movement – Ask Dalton McGuinty to Talk with Michael Schimdt!

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Michael Schmidt is a true, modern-day hero. This passionate, Ontario dairy farmer believes in the peoples’ right to be able to consume the foods they choose. He has put everything on the line to stand up for these rights.

Raw milk is currently illegal in Canada, and to prove his point he is fasting, and has been for 25 days.

For decades, there are plenty of foods and food products that have been recalled off the shelves in many countries, and those foods have made people sick or killed them. And still, those foods are allowed to continue being sold without any repercussions to the food companies producing them. And yet, healthy, real food continues to come under fire from government and health officials.

He has owned and operated a sustainable farming operation where he produces raw milk from healthy cows on pasture.  He believes with all his heart in the way he produces this milk for his customers, who have all freely chosen to do so for their own health and well-being.  Michael has worked tirelessly to promote the production and availability of safe, healthy food for everyone’s consumption.

Do you believe in the right to be able to eat what you want? He believes those rights are something everyone should be granted. If you feel the same way, please take some time to contact Premier Dalton McGuinty, with a respectful and kind but firm message stating how you feel about this situation.

Send Premier Dalton McGuinty a direct message

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Fax Premier Dalton McGuinty: 

(416) 325-3745

Send as many faxes as you can, remember, we are trying to make this topic on the forefront of everyone’s minds.

If you don’t have a fax machine, sign up for a free account through Fax Zero.

Send letters to Premier Dalton McGuinty at the following address:

Premier Dalton McGuinty

Roon 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park

Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

Time is of the essence, so sending letters overnight through FedEx is a good idea.

Please watch this important video with footage from a raw milk rally to support real food and raw milk.

Help Michael Schmidt

Support Michael Schmidt and join his Facebook page. You can also add friends to this group once you’ve joined.

DONATE to Michael Schmidt’s Legal Fund

Join in on the Michael Schmidt Solidarity Raw Milk Fast, tomorrow, October 25th from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.

Drink raw milk only during this time to gesture your support of and solidarity to the cause. His goal is to meet with the premier of Ontario, Hon. Dalton McGuinty to have discussions about the safe legalization of raw milk sales and cow shares. If you are unable to fast, just raise a glass of raw milk (or another wholesome beverage) in salute of Michael and say a prayer for him. Everyone should be able to participate.

The Weston A. Price Foundation has some additional information with a sample letter for contacting officials.

Support the Canadian Constitution Foundation and Michael Schmidt

in the court challenge to legalize raw milk in Canada

Others to contact: 

Call, e-mail, write letters, and fax to the following officials: 

Deborah Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care
dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
10 th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
Tel.: 416-327-4300
Fax: 416-327-3679

Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion
mbest.mpp@liberal.ola.org
8 th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1S5
Tel.: 416-326-8500
Fax: 416-326-8520

Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources
(e-mail address not listed on website)
Suite 6630, 6 th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Tel.: 416-314-2301
Fax: 416-325-5316

Federal Cabinet Ministers:
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
leona.aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Tel.: 867-979-4193
Fax: 867-979-4196

Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Tel.: 306-445-2004
Fax: 306-445-0207

More information on Michael Schmidt’s case: 

Regina vs. Michael Schmidt 

Michael Schmidt slated to be the main speaker at Raw Milk Freedom Riders’ Nov. 1st drink-in at FDA headquarters

Michael Schmidt Back on Hunger Strike - Hartke is Online!

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