The Washington Post Sheds Light on the Raw Milk Community in DC Area

The Washington Post recently published an article that asks how far fans of raw milk will go to get it. By profiling various raw milk drinkers in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, the article sheds light on a community of health-conscious consumers who value freedom of choice over possible persecution from their state governments.

While one family went so far as to move to a 66-acre farm and purchase 3 milking cows, other families have sought alternative ways to access farm-fresh, raw milk. Many Virginians participate in cow share programs, in which members pay to own a portion of the herd in order to gain access to the herd’s milk as owners. Maryland doesn’t allow cow share programs, and D.C. has no cows to be shared. Instead, many D.C. drinkers use buying clubs or “citizens associations” to hire a driver from Pennsylvania to deliver milk to their neighborhoods.

One D.C. raw milk drinker says that her initial departure “…from processed foods for her family didn’t take her much farther than the Whole Foods Market near her Adams Morgan home. Then, after committing to one food tenet, then more – local meat, local eggs, no genetically modified foods – raw milk became the ‘next step.’”

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UK’s Food Standards Agency Still Reviewing Raw Milk Guidelines: Input Needed

On February 3, 2014 the UK’s Food Standards Agency published proposals that would continue to allow farmers to sell raw milk directly to consumers at their farms, farmers markets and over the internet, but would prohibit wider retail sales, including vending machines at grocery stores.

The FSA began reviewing raw milk standards in October 2013, following a high profile prosecution against a dairy farmer who sold raw milk through a vending machine in Selfridges’ department stores. The FSA’s review covered England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (the sale of raw milk is banned in Scotland).

After four months of review, the FSA “…does not believe the regulations need changing, but businesses and those who enforce the rules need greater clarity on what is acceptable,” says Steve Wearne, Head of Policy at the FSA (Dairy Reporter). Dairy UK, the largest “Big Dairy” lobbying group, has called to outlaw all raw milk sales and there is some concern that the FSA’s final review will include an option to require that all milk is pasteurized before going on sale, therefore completely banning raw milk.

However, as part of the consultation, the FSA has invited members of the public to share their views on raw milk. Click here to share your support of raw milk.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the nutrition education non-profit, The Weston A. Price Foundation. Donate to help fund research into the benefits of nutrient dense foods.  http://www.westonaprice.org/lab

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Welcome to the brand new realmilk.com blog!

We are looking to have this blog share your stories about raw milk. If you have a raw milk testimonial, a photo of your farm, an ode to a dairy cow, or even a raw milk ditty on video, please submit it for consideration by email to press@westonaprice.org.

Also, if you are a health professional that has found raw milk to be an adjunct to other healing modalities, we would love to invite you to submit a guest blog.

And, stay tuned for raw milk news, updates, recipes!

Kimberly Hartke, Publicist
The Campaign for Real Milk
a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation

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