Raw Milk: The Controversy

by Josée

Recently in the news there have been warnings against the dangers of raw milk: Raw milk illness rates in U.S. prompt CDC warning. According to the CDC, drinking raw milk had “great risks” that can lead to “severe illness”. Most people drink pasteurized milk, but there seems to be an increasing trend, especially among the “real food” folk, to find sources of raw (un-pasteurized) milk. In Canada, you can’t legally buy raw milk. You can, however, be part of a herd share, which allows you to get raw milk from a cow that you partially own. Here is a list of herd shares in Canada.

We used to be part of a herd share. The raw milk that we received was delicious and it didn’t make any of us sick. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the herd share was ended and we’re back to drinking pasteurized milk. I really miss having raw milk and it’s my dream to one day own a family cow for milking.

There are many benefits to drinking raw milk. Of course, raw milk has to be expressed and stored scrupulously. In a healthy cow, the problem isn’t the milk itself but the way it’s handled which can cause it to be contaminated. Anyways, here is an interesting rebuttal to the recent CDC warnings: CDC cherry picks the data to make case against the safety of raw milk — WAPF.

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Elisa February 23, 2012 - 4:20 am

We get it from a good farmer, but I must admit, I haven't gotten any lately. It doesn't keep for long in the fridge and I don't like the taste of it as much as I used to. Weird, huh? I think it's because I put it in my coffee, and it really tasted funny warm. I will still get it occasionally for the kids. I have no worries what-so-ever about the safe-ness of it. We know the farmer well and his milk gets tested and sold to the big dairy companies.

Chelsea Rae February 23, 2012 - 5:33 am

You definitely need a cow. 😉

You can get a cow and we will buy milk and yummy home made cheese from you!!

Kaylana March 26, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Thank you for posting this! I've spent numerous hours over the past week watching the Harvard debate and getting familiar with the Weston A. Price Foundation and others. It's opened up a wealth of information for me and my husband.
After 15 years of not drinking pasteurized milk, we have found a nearby dairy that sells raw milk at the local market. My whole lifestyle has changed!

Did your Nourishing Traditions book arrive? I've heard about it on other blogs and really want to get it now.
Thanks again!

Josée March 26, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Interesting, I didn't know that there was such a debate going on. You're fortunate to have found a source of raw milk, how are you finding the raw milk compared to the pasteurized?

I did receive the book and finally opened it today. It looks good but I need to spend more time reading it before giving it a fair review.

I'm glad you found this post helpful 🙂


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