Coca-Cola Introducing Super Processed “Milk” Product Dubbed “Coke Milk”

On his blog The Complete Patient, David Gumpert asks, “Can Super Processed Coke Milk Become the New Real Milk?” If the global rise of Coca-Cola is any indication, the scary answer to this question is perhaps yes.

According to Gumpert, Coca-Cola is seeking to balance out deteriorating sales in an increasingly health-conscious marketplace with a new product that capitalizes on trendy almond milk, soy milk, and low-fat “all natural” protein powders. Their new product is called Fairlife and it is a super processed milk product that has been processed beyond pasteurization and homogenization while adding more protein and removing sugars and fat. It will be sold for twice the price of typical processed milk, perhaps in an effort to target those who are willing to pay premium prices for what they believe is “health food.”

Fairlife is currently being tested in select markets in the Midwest and is expected to go nationwide in 2015. One store manager in Minnesota, where Fairlife has supposedly been tough to keep in stock, points out that buyers have no way of knowing that the product is made by Coca-Cola as there is no indication on the packaging.

Gumpert writes that the success of Fairlife remains to be seen: “Coke can throw a huge amount of ad dollars at the new stuff. Or maybe [it won’t be successful] when people discover not only how unnatural it is, but that it is produced by a company with a long history of producing products that keep people unhealthy.”

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Farm-to-Consumer Foundation Launches Raw Milk University

As the demand for raw milk continues to grow, new producers are needed. The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation (FTCF) has launched Raw Milk University to teach dairy farmers how to produce raw milk in a safe, economical manner.

According to the announcement on the Farm-to-Consumer website, Raw Milk University is “for producers who want to learn about what is important in starting a raw milk dairy or improving [existing] raw milk operations,” and “gives participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the raw milk community.”

Raw Milk University is made up of a series of webinars spanning topics from “Milking Practices for High Quality Raw Cow Milk, Milk Room and Milking Equipment Setup and Maintenance” to seasonal “Dairy Goat Management and Lactation.” They are led by Sharon Wilson (who owned/operated the largest raw goat dairy in Colorado and has been consulting on raw goat milk dairies for over 8 years) and Tim Wightman (a farmer, dairy and soils consultant, and President of the FTCF).

Three webinars took place in April; three more are scheduled for July and three more in October. All webinars begin at 1pm EST and run for approximately 90 minutes. Webinars are $40 per session, with discounted rates for booking in bulk.

For more information and registration, please click here.

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Dairy Farmer Michael Schmidt Back in Court February 5, 2014

On February 5, 2014, Canadian dairy farmer Michael Schmidt will be back in court to appeal his 2011 conviction of charges stemming from the sale of raw milk. This February marks 20 years of his raw milk struggle.

On his blog, The Bovine, Schmidt notes that since he began his raw milk struggle against the Canadian government 20 years ago, there have been: 3 Popes in the Vatican; 3 U.S. presidents; 260,000 deaths directly related to smoking in Ontario alone; and 0 deaths due to raw milk.

“And raw milk still keeps flowing at Glencolton Farms, because the cows keep coming home in the morning and in the evening – the amazing reality of life,” he writes to his followers. “I have not counted the days in court, the amount of court papers and the money spent on defending our right for food of our choice. I just know that we WILL prevail.”

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.

UK Raw Milk Review Begins in Mid-October

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

Raw Milk Advocates Have Something to Look Forward to at Upcoming Wise Traditions Conference

Pro-raw milk attendees of the November Wise Traditions conference will be excited to learn that there will be multiple presentations focusing on raw milk issues. The four lectures will take place on Monday, November 11 between 9am-4pm. Continue reading

Dairy Industry Groups Don’t Speak on Behalf of All Dairy Farmers

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