Finnish Fitness Gurus Say Processed Milk is Junk Food

Pasteurization and homogenization ruins the natural structure of milk, stripping it of many of its beneficial vitamins, fats, enzymes and bacteria. Thus the comparison that processed milk is junk food.

“Processed milk is liquid junk food. The natural structure of the milk is ruined during the processing and the body reacts to the change,” says Eeropekka Rislakki of the Eat & Joy Farmer’s Market chain in Finland. In his experience, many people whose bodies are intolerant of processed milk can drink unpasteurized milk without issue.

Finnish personal trainer Tomi Kokko is an active athlete and personal trainer used to drink up to ½ gallon of milk per day. Now that he is milk-free, he says he has more energy and gets sick less often. Kokko encourages his fitness clients to do a 2-week experiment without milk products. He claims that 95% of the people who try it don’t return to their old ways.

As in the United States, there are other nutritionists and health experts in Finland who disagree, claiming that studies show no clear evidence that raw milk is easier for the body to process than processed milk.

Whichever way you lean, it is safe to say that if you are going to drink processed milk, organic whole milk is the best option.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Modern Farmer Article Likens Goat-Sharing to Zipcar

In an interesting, playful and unique take on how to procure raw milk through herdsharding programs, Modern Farmer author Dan Nosowitz likens goat-sharing to Zipcar.

In Alaska, as in many other states across the continental US, consumers cannot legally buy raw milk as a product from farmers – but they can drink raw milk that is produced by an animal that they own. As such, some Alaskans are using goat-sharing programs as a loophole to source raw milk for themselves and their families to drink.

“It’s like Zipcar for goats, as long as you keep an incredibly liberal understanding of how Zipcar works!” writes Nosowitz.

Though not a commonly used metaphor in the raw milk debate, Nosowitz makes a point that could help those who are not as familiar with the raw milk debate better understand it. Car sharing allows people to make use of a car when they need it, without the cost or headache of the upkeep. Likewise, goat sharing allows people to reap the benefits of having a milk-producing farm animal without the responsibility of taking care of it or living and working on a farm. Herdsharing programs not only provide a loophole for raw milk drinkers, but also contribute to a sharing economy that boost sales for local producers and allow “farm to table” consumers to truly eat locally and sustainably.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Still Illegal: Raw Milk Sales in Louisiana

For a moment, it seemed like raw milk producers in Louisiana had a glimmer of hope of being able to legally sell it to eager consumers. But nope, the bill that would have allowed raw milk sales in Louisiana failed to pass the Senate Health and Welfare Committee earlier in May 2015.

Currently, it is legal for Louisiana raw milk producers to give it away but not to sell it. Senate Bill 238 would have legalized the sales of raw milk up to 500 gallons per year.

Senator Eric LaFleur, who authored the bill, likened the natural health benefits of raw milk to those of medical marijuana. “We’re going out of our way to make marijuana legal for health reasons; it seems we could do the same thing for milk,” he said.

Raw milk supporters were disappointed to hear of the failure of the bill, but optimistic at another chance next year. For now, they’ll have to continue to forgo or smuggle the raw milk in from neighboring states where sales are legal.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Now Legal to Advertise Raw Milk in Oregon

Small-scale dairy farmers and producers in Oregon can finally advertise that they sell raw milk in Oregon without fear of retribution, now that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill that removes prohibition against advertising raw milk in Oregon.

In 2014, the state of Oregon agreed not to enforce a ban on advertising the sales of raw milk, though the advertising itself remained illegal. This year, the Oregon House of Representatives pushed through HB 2446 to “delete prohibition against advertising by unregulated producer engaged in small-scale on-premises sale of raw milk directly to consumer.” Supporters of the bill pointed out that this issue is not only about food freedom rights but also about the right to freedom of speech.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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Texas House Passes Raw Milk Bill

Texas House Bill 91, a raw milk bill which would legalize the sales of raw milk in the state, has moved quickly since being approved by the House Public Health Committee on April 21, 2015. On Friday, May 8th the Texas House of Representatives approved the bill by a large majority of 103-36 vote. It now remains to be seen if the Senate will approve this bill before adjourning on June 1, 2015.

State Rep. Dan Flynn has introduced this bill in each of the 3 past legislative sessions, getting it a little farther in the legislative process each time. Flynn calls HB 91 a “free enterprise bill,” as it will empower dairy farmers to increase revenues by meeting consumer demand.

This bill faces heavy opposition in the Senate from the Texas Association of City and County Health Officials, Texas Pediatrics Society, Texas Environmental Health Association and Select Milk Producers. However, it has the support of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which has turned out members in support of the bill each time it has been introduced.

Realmilk.com is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website, westonaprice.org.

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