Commentary & Letters

A Glass of Fellowship

By Shannon Hayes Twenty-eight year old Shannon Hayes grew up on a farm in Warnerville, one hour west of Albany, New York. Her parents, Adele and Jim Hayes, raise pastured beef, chickens, turkeys, geese, lamb and pigs. Shannon is following in her parents'...

An Invented Disease?

By Victor Deaton On the news a few days ago, we learned about the discovery that children who drink raw milk don’t have asthma. “How about that!” they said, “But what are we to do because raw milk is full of harmful bacteria?” I grew up drinkin...

Asthma vs. Foodborne Illness

By Roger Windsor While working on the raw milk issue here in NC, I discovered that the US asthma death risk is greater than the foodborne pathogen death risk. The estimated death rate for asthma in the US is approximately 6,000 per year. The total deaths...

Built-In Quality

By Steve Bemis I heard National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show this morning (wemu.org) when she interviewed the new FDA Commissioner. One of the interesting themes the Commissioner repeated was his preference to have quality incorporated into foods r...

Changes in the Dairy Industry

By Sally Fallon Morell According to a recently released Cornell University study on the future of the dairy industry, the number of dairy farms will decline 85 percent from 2000 to 2020—from 105,000 farms to only 16,000. Large farms milking 500 cows o...

Consolidation in the Dairy Industry

By Sally Fallon Morell There may be pictures of peacefully grazing cows on the milk cartons, but the dairy business is actually big business, dominated by huge corporations that care only about profit and production, not about quality. In the US, 80...

Donkey Milk Coming to the US?

A reader submitted the following: "Just so you know, donkey's milk is coming to the US! Raw donkey milk is going great guns in France and Belgium. Marie Tack in Belgium sells donkey milk that meets European bacteriological standards. I visited two farms...

FDA and USDA: Cheese Is Serious!

By Steve Bemis, Esq. I've been wondering, why does one part of the USDA promote cheese consumption while another says it’s an unhealthy source of too much fat? As I ponder, I assume USDA has thought about the conflict at a policy level (maybe too g...

FDA Avoids IAFP Symposium

By Sally Fallon Morell On February 17 the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) sponsored a symposium on raw milk entitled, “Raw Milk Consumption: An Emerging Public Health Threat?” John Sheehan, Director of the U.S. Food and Dru...

Geoffrey Morell Attends 100th IAFP Conference

By Sally Fallon Morell Intrepid WAPF secretary Geoffrey Morell attended the 100th year meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 31 through August 4. Twenty-five hundred people from across...

Mark McAfee Letter to CDC

By Mark McAfee Letter From Mark McAfee, CEO Organic Pastures Dairy, to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) As a grade A producer of retailed-approved raw milk in California, I find your raw milk page filled with highly erroneous and very misleading...

Modern vs. Traditional Holsteins

By Betty Sue Robie We have a small, grass-based, family dairy and have been selling raw milk, raw milk cheese and other farm products. The information you provide helps considerably. We have a mixed herd of Jerseys and Holsteins.  When all the trends ...

Raw Milk and the FDA

By Sally Fallon Morell The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is becoming an increasing threat to raw milk consumers and their freedom of food choice. Because FDA’s warnings on the dangers of consuming raw milk are not having as great an impact on con...

Raw Milk for the Navy?

By Clint DesJarlais I am writing in regards to your action to legalize raw milk sales and distribution in Maryland. I am a recent graduate of the US Naval Academy Class of 2007 and a newly commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps. I was Midshipman...

Raw Milk Gets a Raw Deal

By Tom McNaughton A growing number of people who understand the benefits of eating real food want to buy raw milk, but can’t—at least not legally in many states. Some manage to find it anyway. To get an idea of the effort this requires, check out...

Raw Milk Safety vs. Rights: Striking a Balance

By David Gumpert It is rare for raw milk opponents to engage in open debate on the subject of raw milk, but just such a debate occurred at Harvard Law School on February 16, 2012. Presenting arguments on the raw milk side were Sally Fallon Morell,...

Raw Treachery In Utah

By Ron Schmid, ND In the April, 2007 issue of VICFA VOICE , the newsletter of the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association, editor Deborah Stockton wrote the following under the headline “Tracking the Trojan Cow: A Rotten Milk Bill i...

Rural Vermont's Raw Milk Summit a Success!

Raw milk producers and advocates filled the Bethel Town Hall on Sunday, October 27 for Rural Vermont’s Raw Milk Summit, a day spent sharing information, reviewing and defining goals, and planning for the upcoming legislative session when Rural Vermont w...

Some Interesting History from Kathryn Russell

My grandparents owned a raw milk dairy in Georgia in the 1920s. They were put out of business in the Depression not by the economy, but by new government regulations that were impossible for small family farms in the Depression to meet! They had a large...

The 15 Things that Milk Pasteurization Kills

By Mark McAfee There are two raw milks in America: one for “people” and one for the “pasteurizer.” Raw milk meant for people is clean, pure, comes from cows on green pastures, and is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Raw milk for the pasteurizer is regu...

The Big Cheeses at the Land Grant State University

By Will Winter, DVM The story you are about to read is true. It is not a pretty one, rather graphic actually, but therefore all the more important to tell. It all took place last week on the campus of a large land grant university in an agriculturally...

The Crime Against Raw Milk

By Alton Eliason Read this article in French Never in the annals of health and nutrition has there been a food so maligned, lied about and conspired against as raw milk. Once revered the world over as the most perfect of all foods, its demise was...

The Great Milk Robbery

By Charlotte Smith The following is a summary of a report by Grain (grain.org ), a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based...

The Sad Case of Pasture Maid Creamery

By Jackie Cleary By now, many of you have watched the Harvard Food Law Society’s raw milk debate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLRdihFi6gw ). The debate was thought provoking and informative but really just a teaser—the debate could have gone on ...

The Vendetta Against Alta Dena Dairy

By Ron Schmid, ND Infection with Salmonella species accounts for a substantial portion of food-borne illness in this country, with an estimated million and a half cases and 500 deaths annually. An infective dose of Salmonella requires at least a...

Ultrapasteurization at Organic Valley

Our webmaster Jill Nienhiser recently queried Organic Valley, a major producer of organic dairy products, about their practice of ultrapasteurizing most of their milk. In their response, Organic Valley made the following claim: “Not all thermoduric b...

Why Pasteurization?

By Sally Fallon Morell Government officials insist that the reason we pasteurize is to ensure the safety of our milk. A recent article by Daniel Fromson, "The Milkman Cometh," published in Lapham's Quarterly puts the decision to pasteurize in a different...

Why We Must Seek to Understand Those Who Oppose Raw Milk

By David Gumpert Editor's Note: David Gumpert, author of the Raw Milk Revolution—the Emerging Battle over America’s Food Rights, delivered the keynote address at the recent Wise Traditions 2009 Conference, held in Schaumburg, Illinois. Creator of ...
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