Got (Raw) Milk? (February 2, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

Got (Raw) Milk?

Dairy101 - Introduction to Cow Milk:
  • Pasteurization - Heating process to extend freshness by killing bacteria.
  • Homogenization - Process of breaking up and evenly distributing the cream, which would otherwise rise to the top.
  • Raw - unpasteurized.
  • Organic - Often confused with, but entirely unrelated to, any of the terms above.
Just a few decades ago, all milk was unpasteurized. As farms became more distant from the marketplace, milk had to travel farther. Raw milk, which typically has a shelf life of about 7 days, simply wouldn't stay fresh long enough to survive the longer distribution, warehousing and sitting on the grocery shelves.

Pasteurized milk, depending on both the temperature at which it's processed and the packaging, can last for weeks or months. Raw milk, while lasting only a few days, retains enzymes and beneficial bacteria otherwise destroyed by pasteurization.

Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, to explore the raw milk controversy.

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