Healthy Raw Milk, raw milk.

Healthy Raw Milk, raw milk.

Healthy Raw Milk, raw milk.

At the Organic Consumers Association home office in Finland, Minnesota, nestled in the woods between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, our office lunches and snacks are always organic, as you might expect. We purchase food from our local food co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) buying club.

Our refrigerators and pantry contain seasonal produce, eggs, wild rice, home-brewed beer, fermented vegetables and maple syrup, produced or harvested by our staff or neighbors. We also stock organic and fair trade-certified chocolate bars, tea and coffee, with donations for these products going to support our local community center, where we hold potlucks and occasional meetings.

But the most popular section of our fridge in the kitchen area of the OCA office is the milk and dairy section where we have non-pasteurized, non-homogenized raw milk, yoghurt, cream and butter, purchased directly from a local grass-fed, organic dairy.

Although our raw milk products (in reusable glass Mason jars) do not carry a USDA organic seal, we all know, because we regularly visit the local organic farmer that we buy from, that these products are not only organic, grass-fed, delicious and healthy, but in fact better than the pasteurized and/or homogenized USDA certified organic dairy products sold in our local food coops.

The health benefits of raw milk have been widely documented. Yet in many states, farmers and retail stores can’t sell it, and consumers can’t buy it.

It’s time to protect farmers from raw milk raids, and make it legal and easy for consumers to buy raw milk.

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NOFA MA: Raw Milk talking Points

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The Raw Milk Revolution takes readers behind the scenes of the government's tough and occasionally brutal intimidation tactics, as seen through the eyes of milk producers, government regulators, scientists, prosecutors, and consumers.

A cross-country journey depicting the unprecedented crackdown on farmers and consumers who grow, buy and sell food outside the regulatory system, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it.

Dr. Schmid chronicles the role of milk in the rise of civilization and in early America, the distillery dairies, compulsory pasteurization and the politics of milk, traditional dairying cultures and the modern dairy industry. — SALLY FALLON, author of Nourishing Traditions and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation

What you REALLY need to know about our most controversial food. Finally, a serious and candid conversation about raw milk, unlike any that has ever occurred in the many years since raw milk became a subject of contentious debate.

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