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    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.

    This Week's Guests:

    Mark McAfee — Organic Pastures Dairy, CA

    In December 1999, Mark established Organic Pastures, the first organic dairy in Fresno County, and pioneers of the mobile-milking concept, which allows cows to be milked in the pastures.

    Tim Wightman — Hayward Community Dairy, WI.

    People kept asking Tim about purchasing raw milk. Although Wisconsin does not allow the sale of raw milk, the state gave them permission to sell "cow shares" to their customers - by making every customer an owner, they were able to side-step the prohibition against 'selling' raw milk. After one year, Tim had 168 families signed up for milk. Later, when the state tried to cancel the program, another 130 families asked to join up as owner/customers.

    Ironically, while all this was taking place, the USDA sent the farm a certificate recognizing them for their high quality milk.

    Sally Fallon — Weston A. Price Foundation

    Sally is the founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit organization comprised of 200 chapters throughout the United States and oversees.

    The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient- dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. Their Real Milk Campaign supports the establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk.

    More information:

  • Read a great article about Mark McAfee
  • Read about Tim Wightman's farm
  • Read about the Real Milk Campaign

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