Raw Milk Taste Test: Does Raw Milk Really Taste Better Than Pasteurized Milk?

Many raw milk drinkers rave about the quality of it, praising its creamy texture and fresh taste. One curious Indiana man decided he would see what all the hype is about – by challenging a local dairyman to a blind taste comparing commercial milk and raw milk in a raw milk taste test.

By his own admission, he wondered how much conditioning (that he wasn’t used to raw milk) would hurt his impression of raw milk. He found that, in his personal opinion, he could not tell much of a difference in taste between pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. He could tell a difference in texture – but found raw milk to be thinner, not creamier, than the commercial milk.

So it seems that everyone has different opinions on the taste and texture of the two, and “…the best case for raw milk, then, may be rooted in the idea of consumer choice.”

Read more about the blind raw milk taste test Putting Raw Milk to the Test and whether a “raw milk renaissance” might be on the horizon.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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A Recluse Milkman Makes the Rounds

Every Tuesday in the tiny town of Recluse, Wyoming, a milkman makes his rounds. He might not dress the part of the classic American milkman from days gone by, but he delivers fresh, raw milk in glass half-gallon jars to neighbors all across the area.

These neighbors are regular customers of his; each owns a share of a cow in his herd of 17 dairy cows. Wyoming allows the sale of raw milk only through herdshares, but this dairyman isn’t only in the business for the money:

“It’s great pleasure to see some of these kids, some of them are suffering from things like autism and things like that where the enzymes and the good proteins and the good nourishment in this milk is actually helping some of these kids. I’ve had people who are recovering from cancer start to drink this milk, and they’re actually gaining a little weight. Those kinds of things feel really good…It’s not about the money; it’s about providing good, wholesome food.”

Read more of his story Modern Milkman.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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Should British Columbia Model Raw Milk Regulations on California?

Mark McAffee, a California raw milk entrepreneur and the CEO of the Raw Milk Institute, toured British Columbia last month for speaking engagements and on-farm training sessions in raw milk safety. During his trip, McAffee implied that British Columbia could cut the expensive legal disputes stemming from the distribution of raw milk by taking a cue from California and adjusting its raw milk regulations.

“In California, raw milk is 100% legal, but it is highly regulated with a different set of standards from pasteurized milk,” explains McAffee. In British Columbia, the government could declassify raw milk as a health hazard by grouping it in with other foods that carry no more risk but are less regulated, like oysters.

Listen to McAffee’s full interview with the Green Man Podcast: BC Takes a Lesson in Raw Milk Production From California.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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Raw Milk Makes Rich Soil Fertilizer

Raw milk producers in states that ban sales can use excess quantities of raw milk as a soil additive to create rich fertilizer for their land.

One farmer in Vermont experimented over the past year with fertilizing his pastures with raw milk and was so impressed with the results that he raved about his experience in an article on Mother Earth News.

He noted that his cows, that wouldn’t graze on pastures recently spread with manure, had no objection to grazing on pastures recently sprayed with raw milk. At first he didn’t notice a difference in his pastures but within several months his pastures were more lush and healthier with a higher percentage of white clover and fewer weeds.

“Surplus milk and milky rinse water should be viewed as a resource rather than a waste product on the dairy arm,” he writes. Read more about his experience The Benefits of Using Raw Milk as a Natural Soil Supplement or Fertilizer.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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Why Does the USDA Need Submachine Guns?

Many people are asking “Why would the USDA need Submachine Guns?”

In May 2014, the US Department of Agriculture filed a request for weapons including submachine guns and semi-automatic or 2 shot burst trigger guns. This request has many, including the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, questioning what need the USDA could possibly have for such heavy arms.

According to a USDA spokesperson, the weapons are necessary for self-defense during undercover operations and surveillance. As Modern Farmer points out, this sounds like a legitimate reason when, in actuality, most of their enforcement operations relate to white-collar fraud of government programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Nor would such heavy arms be necessary in on-ground investigations into small farms and producers – for example, investigations and raids surrounding whether small farms are selling raw milk.

“Do we really want to have our federal regulatory agencies bring submachine guns onto these family farms with children?” asks Liz Reitzig, co-founder of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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