Many families in West Virginia are suffering because of the state’s ban on raw milk sales. There is the 11-year old child who is allergic to the pasteurized milk sold in grocery stores, but her mother is unable to purchase raw goat’s milk from local farms. There is the family who missing out on an estimated $20,000 per year because they are unable to sell the extra milk produced by their two dairy cows. Continue reading
Children are told to drink their milk because it will help them grow and make their bones strong. National advertising campaigns like “Milk Does the Body Good” and “Got Milk?” tout the benefits of milk. Yet more and more people are developing dairy allergies and turning to alternative milks like soy, almond and coconut. Could it be that the root of the problem isn’t milk itself, but that the milk sold in grocery stores is laden with chemicals and altered through pasteurization and homogenization? Continue reading
TED – the group responsible for TED Talks, which are known for inspiring, challenging, and often providing alternative views of thinking – is discouraging any discussion about GMOs and/or how proper nutrition can treat ailments and behavioral disorders in children.
In an email to the TEDx community, the TEDx Director and TED.com Editor identify food science as a “red flag topic,” which is not banned but should be carefully scrutinized, should any speakers propose talks “…including:
- GMO food and anti-GMO foodists
- Food as medicine, especially to treat a specific condition: Autism and ADHD, especially causes of and cures for autism” Continue reading
A long awaited Food Standards Agency (FSA) review of raw milk is predicted to begin in mid-October across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The FSA, which maintains that pasteurization is the best way to minimize health risks associated with drinking raw milk, acknowledges that there is a market for raw milk and will explore whether, and under what conditions, it should be legal to sell and buy the product. Continue reading
The Wisconsin Senate is considering a bill that would allow small, local farms to sell raw milk so long as it is labeled as such, provided in a clean container, and complies with DATCP rules for grade A milk regarding appearance and odor, bacterial count, temperature, and other factors.
Unsurprisingly, the FDA, Wisconsin Public Health Association, and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments oppose the bill. The Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association also oppose the bill. Most recently, the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition, a group made up of public health officials, dairy processor groups, and dairy farmers also opposed the bill. All groups cited raw milk being “unsafe for human consumption” as their primary reason for banning the sale of raw milk in the state. Continue reading