Farmers Experiment with Milk Treated with UV Light Instead of Pasteurization

Several farmers in the United States and other countries are experimenting with treating milk with ultraviolet light instead of pasteurization, for feeding calves on the farm. Pasteurization does not guarantee the destruction of all pathogens, but it does kill beneficial nutrients such as proteins and vitamins. Exposure to UV light does not destroy pathogens but it does prevent them from reproducing, and the technology has been successfully used to purify water.

One dairy farmer in New York has been feeding his calves UV-treated milk. He “wrestles a 3-week-old calf onto a scale. The calf totters about; the scale reads 52 kilograms, a healthy weight. [The farmer] makes a note.”

Another dairy farmer in Minnesota installed a UV milk purifier on his farm a year and a half ago. “We were having a lot of problems with clostridia when we were feeding milk replacer,” he said. “That was all but eliminated after we switched over to feeding UV purified milk.”

Michael Schmidt, the author of The Bovine blog who conducted his own two-calf study comparing the effects of feeding calves raw milk vs. store-bought pasteurized milk, writes of the UV milk experiments: “If it works for calves, why wouldn’t it work for people? Though probably the bar of surety is set higher when we’re dealing with food for humans.”

Draw your own conclusions by reading more about the experiment here:

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Massachusetts Family Farm Since 1732 Threatened by New Proposed Regulations on Raw Milk

The town of Foxborough, MA is considering new regulations that would limit the bacteria count of raw milk to a more stringent level than current state regulation. The state does allow “local boards of health to ‘adopt bacterial standards for milk which are numerically less but not greater than state standards,’” but one family-owned farm is fighting back.

Lawton’s Family Farm, which milks 24 cows and sells raw milk and cheeses, believes the proposed regulations are unnecessary and could put them out of business – which would be a tragedy, because Lawton’s has been passed down through generations since 1732. Lawton’s is a Massachusetts Century Farm (recognized by the MA Farm Bureau for remaining in the same family for 100 years or more and still being farmed) and a Massachusetts Dairy Farm of Distinction (recognized by the MA Farm Bureau for adding scenic beauty to the state).

Lawton’s Family Farm is asking for help from their customers and other concerned citizens who believe in consumer choice:

“Our health agent is very anti-raw milk and vows to get rid of your choice by making these regulations so extreme as to be difficult to maintain and sell. Some of the rules would allow them to collect your names for a ‘recall’ purpose but more importantly the ability for them to stop milk sales for up to a month at a time. Please take the time to send emails…Please be sure to send us copies as we do not trust our agent to pass them along to her board members.”


Pauline Clifford, town Health Agent:

For those in the Foxborough area, there will be a public hearing on Monday, November 25, 2013. Concerned residents who wish to speak or to lend support with their presence are asked to attend.

Monday, November 25, 2013 7:45pm

Public Safety Building, McGinty Room

8 Chestnut Street Foxboro, MA

The proposed regulations can be read in full here.

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Cow-Share Programs Under Scrutiny in Australia

The May 2013 raid of a dairy farm in Willunga Hill, Australia is another battle in the war between consumer choice and public health that is taking place all over the world.

In Australia, the sales of raw milk and raw milk cheeses for human consumption are illegal. Officers of the Biosecurity SA and the Dairy Authority of South Australia raided Mark Tyler’s dairy farm in May because they want him to register his cow-share program, which provides raw milk to share owners. Tyler refuses to do so, claiming that his operation is a legal way for shareholders to acquire raw milk as farmers and other cow owners are legally permitted to consume the milk that their cows produce.

Tyler’s “My Cow” cow-share program allows consumers to purchase a 1% share of a cow for $27.50, in addition to a monthly boarding fee. Each share yields 6.5 liters of raw milk every month. The program has been in operation for six years.

This raid and pressure from authorities has, once again, raised the issue of whether cow-share programs should be considered a means of selling raw milk to the general public – and whether raw milk sales should be illegal at all. Raw milk sales are legal in many countries, including New Zealand.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is investigating the processing and consumption of raw milk products, and there is strong opinion in support of consumer choice. Should raw milk sales be allowed, cow-share programs like Tyler’s would be subject to official quality standards which, to many, seems like a good compromise between those who believe in consumer freedom and those who act in the interest of public safety.

Read more about the issue here:

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Research Implies that Saturated Fat is Not the Cause of Heart Disease

A recent article published in BMJ, a peer-reviewed medical journal, titled “Saturated Fat is Not the Major Issue” has medical, nutrition and health experts talking about the revelation that saturated fat may not be the true cause of heart disease – as has been so widely believed for decades.

The author of the article, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist in London, writes: “The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. Saturated fat has been demonised ever since Ancel Keys’s landmark ‘seven countries’ study in 1970. This concluded that a correlation existed between the incidence of coronary heart disease and total cholesterol concentrations…But correlation is not causation.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, examines Dr. Malhotra’s article and explores the theory that it is sugar and trans fats, not saturated fats, that pose the most dangerous health risks. Saturated fats from animals and vegetables, on the other hand, provide health benefits that are imperative for the proper function of our cell membranes, hearts, lungs, livers, immune systems, hormones and more. These healthy fats are found in avocados, coconuts, raw nuts, grass-fed meats, organic eggs and of course, raw dairy and butter made from raw milk.

This new research supports what many raw milk drinkers have known for years – that whole milk is a healthy, natural food that truly “does a body good.”

Read more about Dr. Malhotra’s article and Dr. Mercola’s interpretation here:

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Minnesota Judge Criticizes MDA’s 10-Year Harassment of Farmer Michael Hartmann

Farmer Michael Hartmann has been battling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for close to a decade. On October 7, 2013, Hartmann received a little support from an unexpected source when a Minnesota judge ruled that the December 2012 search-and-seizure of Hartmann’s raw milk and cheese truck was illegal.

Judge Erica MacDonald ruled that the state trooper who stopped Hartmann’s dairy truck because he couldn’t see the rear license plate was obligated to send Hartmann on his way once he realized the plate was just dirty and that, additionally, Hartmann had a front license plate, since there was no violation of motor vehicle or traffic laws. Instead, the trooper called the MDA, which instructed him to search the truck and confiscate his product.

She condemns the illegal search-and-seizure in a 30-page opinion and notes that the instance is just one in what has been a decade of harassment by the department and investigator James Roettger, who “…has been investigating Defendant’s possible violations of food laws for approximately ten years.”

Beyond the search-and-seizure, Judge MacDonald endorsed the 2005 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling of a previous case involving Hartmann that upheld his constitutional right to sell products of his farm, including meat, cheese and butter.

In her ruling, the judge makes it clear that she felt obligated to uphold Hartmann’s constitutional rights despite her personal dislike of the defendant and his blatant disregard for the terms of his probation. As journalist David Gumpert notes, “That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Judges are supposed to back the constitutional rights of all Americans, despite the judges’ own personal prejudices.”

Read more about Judge MacDonald’s opinion on Gumpert’s blog here:

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Raw Milk Sales Threatened in Sweden

Many Americans look to European nations for more progressive attitudes and laws regarding the sales and consumption of raw milk. Now, however, raw milk sales are under attack in Sweden.

Sweden’s National Food Agency is proposing the ban of raw milk sales entirely. Currently, it is legal for Swedish farmers to sell raw milk in small quantities, directly to consumers on the farm itself.

In practice, however, Swedish raw milk sales are not so open and free across the country. Stories swirl about farmers who are afraid of the authorities and hesitant to allow current customers to share their names with prospective buyers.

There are some farmers, however, “…that do sell their milk more openly around the country and demand is increasing all the time,” notes one Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader in Stockholm.

It is unfortunate that this ban is being proposed at a time when demand for fresh, unpasteurized milk is on the rise.

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South Dakota Raw Milk Regulation Under Revision

South Dakota is one of 25 states that allows the sales of raw milk directly to consumers on the farm or through home delivery. In May 2013, changes were proposed to the state’s raw milk regulations that would include the requirement of a warning label and limiting bacteria count.

The proposed changes proved controversial across the state and prompted three public hearings for producers and others to express their concerns. Many of the dairy farmers who spoke at the public hearings said that the proposed changes could make operating their business more difficult or even put them out of business.

Following the hearings, two amendments were made to the proposed regulations: simplify the warning labels required on each container of milk and increase the bacteria count from 20,000 to 30,000 per ml.

Courtney De La Rosa, Policy Director of the state’s agriculture department, explained the reasoning behind these amendments. She said that previous wording of the warning label was unnecessarily long. The new warning label will read, “Warning: Raw milk. This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.” De La Rosa also explained that both Grade A and Grade B dairies across the state often report as high as 30,000 bacteria per milliliter, so it is fair to relax the requirement for raw milk to the same standard.

The two amendments are beneficial for raw milk producers in South Dakota. The revised rules were approved by Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch on October 21, 2013 and now await final approval from the interim legislative rules committee on November 12, 2013.

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