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Food Freedom: State of the States

I do not enjoy politics.  Not for the sake of politics.  Actually, not all all.

It is, nonetheless, diligence that preserves freedom, and freedom is something that I do enjoy.

The good news is that your diligence can take the form of a 4 minute email to your representative or senator (google your state name and “house of representatives” and then type in your address to find yours).

Diligence can take the form of an hour in a committee hearing, a letter to the newspaper, a phone call, or even a donation.  If everyone who read this blog took 5-10 minutes of diligence, what would the impact be on our nation, and on the preservation of our freedoms?

This has been a rough political year for absolutely everyone, I get that.  We cannot get so weary that we lose our understanding of the sacrifices of others before us, to impart to us the ability to influence our government.

I spent over 15 hours compiling the list below.  Please take 5 minutes and scroll to your state.  Then visit your state’s governmental website, or look for a facebook group that could guide you on how to get involved in your state’s process–and jump in!

If the votes have taken place in the house, find out how your elected officials voted and let them know your thoughts; find out where the bill might be in passing the senate, and get involved.

I, for one, do not enjoy politics.  But I do enjoy food freedom. 

*Please see a note at the very bottom that gives the limitations of this list.

The State of Food Freedom

(States in Alphabetical Order)

 

Alabama:  SB13—allowing nonresident students to have hunting and fishing licenses at resident rates.

Alaska: HB46 is directly related to your food freedom, as it affects all agricultural sales including raw milk.  HB28 deals with the disclosure of ingredients in cosmetics.  HB19 is an act limiting the application of neonicotinoid pesticides. HB26 is an act regarding the legality of breaks for nursing mothers in the workplace.  HB32 is about labeling GMO foods. HB29 prohibits the sale of genetically modified fish.

Arizona:  Affecting farmers, there is HB2052 about crop insurance.  HB2325 will change the way property taxes are calculated for greenhouses. SB1510 is about food labeling laws.  SB1433 proposes a tax on sweetened beverages. HB2366 is about property taxes for farmland laid fallow.  HB2330 would provide a tax credit for each household that implements a water augmentation system.

Arkansas: SB286 allows property owners to maintain the right to remove or trim trees, bushes, or shrubs. HB1515 provides local control over fluoride levels in water.  HB1256 To Provide That Sales By A Cottage Food Production Operation At An Online Farmers’ Market Are Exempt From The Definition Of “food Service Establishment”.

California,   AB1219 is extends a current law that permits companies to donate unused food to nonprofits without liability.  This law would allow individuals to also donate without liability, unless there is a willful act of harm.   SB504 would label synthetic dyes in food at food establishments and bulk food bins.  SB557 would create an exception so that school cafeterias with leftover open food (bulk food from serving line) could be donated to food banks. AB1486 completely surrounds the milk industry, with heavy requirements for pasteurization, packaging, and labeling.  AB1485 requires state property to be used for local farmer’s markets. AB 768 would eliminate an appeal to a law that permitted authorities to ticket (instead of prosecute) those who did not receive the proper permits in marketing farm products.

Colorado,  Check out what laws pertain to you; there are many surrounding the agriculture of hemp and the consumption of marijuana.  If you find one pertaining to food freedom that I missed, please leave it in the comments.

Connecticut, HJ00045 is supposed to encourage larger donations to food banks (read the resolution to learn how).  HB05601 is to encourage the use of locally grown foods in school programs. HB06034 is designed to protect children with life-threatening food allergies. HB05295 is to improve food allergy awareness in restaurants. HB05886 Would provide a tax credit to farmers who donate to charitable organizations. SB00761 Increases the voucher amounts that senior citizens can spend at farmer’s markets.

Delaware: Although I did not find food freedom laws up for vote in this year’s legislature, I might have missed something.  Leave a comment and let me know!

Florida,  SB664 is providing tax exemption for emergency preparedness items. FL S0650 would require retail centers and some other locations to maintain breastfeeding areas.  If you find other bills related to food freedom, please leave a note in the comments below.

Georgia, Senate Bill 69 lightens the burden placed upon organic food producers from previous law.

Hawaii,  HB No. 1174 is only 1 of 3 states without cottage industry laws to protect small scale food producers, and this bill would change the definitions of “food establishment” and permit homemade food production for market.  HB 1475 permits farmer’s markets on public lands. HB 360 would lower taxes on food for certain populations.  SB 551 requires GMO labeling.  SB 1193 gives a tax break to farmers for selling directly to consumers. HB 777 allows graywater systems to be used for agricultural purpose (which will, in turn, help reduce water waste and food costs).  HB 1522 would give a tax credit to farmers who diversify their crops (leading to healthier soil, crops, and wildlife). HB257 would allow the sale of unpasteurized milk under certain conditions. SB 1167 permits herdshares. SB 162 deals with the labeling of raw milk products.  SB644 allows the sale of raw milk through a subscription program within certain guidelines.

Idaho,  HJM 001 would require foreign entities wishing to engage in agriculture must abide by the same standards as citizens, and that any inspections would be paid for by the foreign entities and not taxpayers.

Illinois,   HB 2466 and SB 1622 prohibits the sale of any milk if not pasteurized.  HB2592 will create a permit system by Dept of Public Health to oversee farmer’s markets. HB 2820 and SB 1469 address the concerns of farmers market vendor about overregulation, the financial requirements of cottage industries, and more.  HB 3301 would give a tax credit for crop or food donations to food banks.

Indiana,  There were some agricultural bills.  If you see any food freedom bills that we missed, please list it in the comments for us!

Iowa, There were some agricultural bills.  If you see any food freedom bills that we missed, please list it in the comments for us!

Kansas,  SCR 1604 is a constitutional amendment to lower sales tax and use tax on food.

Kentucky, HB 214 would increase the tax credit of food donations to non-profit organizations. SB 90 permits a mother to breastfeed anywhere she is otherwise authorized to be and cannot be charged with indecency for doing so.

Louisiana,  HB 188 passed, which adds alligator to the “catch and cook” program.  SB 29 pertains to the sale, labeling, and other matters concerning raw milk.

Maine,  HB 175 deals with rabbit meat production.

Maryland,  HB 472 would provide a tax credit to farmers for crop donations to food banks. SB 210 lightens the restrictions of holders of a farm brewery license to sell other types of foods if they also possess a food handlers license.  Maryland had pages of bills relating to alcohol; research these is of interest to you.

Massachusetts,   No relevant bills at this time in regards to food freedom.  Please leave a note in the comments if there is legislation relating to food freedom that we missed.

Michigan,  SB 0122 would allow dogs to be present at outdoor seating areas at restaurants.  SB 108 is about urban and suburban agriculture and pertains to farming and animal husbandry.

Minnesota, Most of what was found was budgetary in nature.  Beyond appropriations, there were some medication and redefinitions for existing laws.  If you find anything relating to food freedom for your own state, please leave a comment.

Mississippi,  HB 971 “Truth in Labeling” Act.  FAILED—HB 16 amends a different law to state clearly that any owner of a dairy animal may use the milk of that animal for his or her own purposes.   FAILED—HB 17 is called the “Mississippi On-Farm Sales and Food Freedom Act” and prohibits any local government from removing the rights of producers to sell directly to consumers.

Missouri, HB 488 allows food donations for tax credit.  HB 521 GMO must be labeled.   HB 410 would allow cottage industries to sell over the internet.

Montana, HB 352 is titled, “Montana Local Food Choice Act” and would exempt certain food producers from many of the licensing, packaging, labeling, and inspection laws to promote local food economy.   HB 325 would create exemption for raw milk producers from the current law.

Nebraska,  LB 124 would change the Nebraska Pure Food Act and the Nebraska Graded Egg Act.

Nevada,  Although I didn’t find anything related to food freedom, you might know something I don’t.  Please let us know in the comments.

New Hampshire,  SB221 is at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services and grants says that facility inspection are “at the discretion of the Department of Health and Human Services.”

New Jersey,  AB 4351 would legalize cottage industries.  S238 requires GMO labeling. A2100 permits dogs at some outdoor eating establishments.  A3618 establishes requirements for cottage industries.  S1768 establishes requirements for selling home baked goods.  A1974 permits the sale of home baked goods in some circumstances.  A2476 regulates the labeling and sale of olive oil to conform to international standards.  S1414 permits raw milk sales under certain circumstances.

New Mexico,  HB 305 is about the compliance to agricultural inspection laws.

New York,  S02072 deals with labeling GMO.  S02832 requires certain food establishments to disclose ingredient lists. A00537 would require posters about food allergens in eating establishments.  A05603 would require labeling foods grown with certain types of fertilizers.  A02209 requires the labeling of cloned animals.  A03175 would outlaw artificial trans fats from certain food establishments.  SB1026 creates an exemption to certain food safety laws with pickling.  A00823 relates to the small scale producer processing fees and redefines terms.  A00849 would require poultry given antibiotics with arsenic to be labeled. AO1785 imposes a 5 year moratorium on growing GMO crops.  A02552 relates to cowshare laws and contains some changes.

North Carolina,  SB11 regulates the application of pesticides in restaurants.  SB 24 would allow restaurants to begin using outdoor grills (bring on that NC BBQ!).

North Dakota, HB1433 deals directly with how food producers must fill federal law on dairy, and makes changes to poultry; it appears to close the door to discussion about raw milk.  ND 411 requires allergy training for restaurants.  HB 1127 reaffirms the requirement that milk be pasteurized. ND 2027 gives nearly complete control over an individual (Commissioner) to quarantine, seize, and even criminally charge farmers if their farms or products are found to have pests that the commissioner deems to be a concern.

Ohio,  Though I did not see any relevant agricultural, milk-related, or food-related bills, I did find HB 12, which would designate a barn as a historical structure, and that is just fun.  If you find more pertinent bills in your state, please let me know in the comments.

Oklahoma, HB1606 would eliminate certain herbicide applications.  SB 595 is called the Farmers Market Liability Limitations Act and would protect Farmers Markets from litigation if accident or injury was not malicious in nature.

Oregon,  Other than declaring marionberry pie as the official state pie, I found no legislation regarding food at this time.  Please leave a note in the comments if I missed something!

Pennsylvania,  Although much is up for discussion in Pennsylvania, I did not find food freedom bills at this time.  Please leave a comment of ones that I may have missed.

Rhode Island,  SB 60 provides immunity to those who donate wild game to food pantries or to individuals.  H 5275 requires businesses over a specific income to post signs if they serve GMO foods. SB 247 further clarifies the Raw Milk laws.

South Carolina, HB 3601 makes provisions for the allowance of bear hunting. There are many other hunting bills right  now too, so be sure to research them all.  If you find any other bills regarding food freedom, please leave a comment for us.

South Dakota, HB 1201 limits certain foods from licensure, certification, and inspection. SB 135 changes meat labeling.

Tennessee,  HB 851 & SB 1028 “Local Food Procurement Act” and makes other additions to present law to facilitate economic activity based on the market in local farm and food products. SB 876 eliminates sales tax on food for consumption.

Texas, HB 1926 requires proper permit and regulation for home food processors to sell. HB 2023 regards the labeling of GMO.  HB 57 amends the laws regarding raw milk sales, and SB 95 took that further by adding a civil penalty.

Utah, HB 58 requires cottage food industry to label food.

Vermont, SB 9 substantially raises the number of poultry a facility can produce without inspection.  HB 328 would ban the herbicide glyphosate.

Virginia, HB 2349 requires the labeling of GMO foods . SB 1361 would allow restaurants to get a tax credit for donating prepared food to food banks and shelters. HB 2030 would make sales from farm, farmer’s market or home exempt from regulations under certain conditions. HB 2368 exempts any milk producer with 3 or fewer lactating animals from regulation under certain conditions.

Washington,  HB 1653 would require the labeling of any food that had at any time been contaminate with biosolids, a fancy word for sewage sludge.  HB1076 permits the donation of home prepared foods to charitable organizations.  HB 1744 requires that food packaged in packaging with certain harmful chemicals be labeled.

West Virginia, SB283 sets the Department of Agriculture over all food production.  SB 27 Permitting sale of home-based, micro-processed foods at farmers markets.  SB 25 gives farmers tax credit for food bank donations.  SB 2458 provides certain food products exempt from other regulations, including foods sold at a private home or farm, and this includes milk. HB 2014 allows schools and parents to serve sweets on holidays with parental consent.

Wisconsin,  None found at this time, but if you know of a relevant food freedom bill in your state, please leave a comment.

Wyoming, HB 129 extends the food freedom act to include home processed foods, including some meats.  SF 118 also extends the food freedom act to permit retail space for home processed foods. See for more details.  HB 198 requires beef to be labeled if a product of the United States.

Washington D.C.,  Council Bill 220072 would allow for tax credit for food donations.

Notes about the above list of food legislation:

This list did NOT cover cannabis, hemp, tobacco, or alcohol legislation, of which there was plenty!  It did not cover appropriates and budgetary items.  It did not cover the policies or laws affecting government agencies only (such as what can be served in government cafeterias, etc).  It did not cover educational programs or school lunches.  It did not cover welfare.  It did not cover task forces, studies, commissions, or other committees addressing specific concerns. Although it mentions a few agricultural items as related directly to farm freedom or food cost, it did not sufficiently cover agricultural issues—if you are concerned about agricultural issues,  you will need to search your own state more thoroughly.

Would you do this?

If you took this information, and was inspired to search out some answers or get involved, will you tell me about it below?  It would mean a lot to me!  Let’s do our diligence!

How to Know Your Food Freedom Rights

How to Know your Food Freedom Rights

Even if living in a food freedom state that permits raw milk sales, know your rights.  Sometimes this has less to do with the law, and more to do with the personalities or preferences of people with titles and badges.

Perhaps police officers, who likely deal more with real crime, simply did not know about the food freedom laws and trust the inspectors to know it.

What would you do if inspectors or police officers question you?  Who do you call?

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How our (Raw Milk Drinking) Founding Fathers Talked Me into Going to a Legislative Hearing

How Our Raw Milk Drinking Founding Fathers

With my three children poking each other in the back seat, we circled the state capitol for the 3rd time when I finally found a parking spot.  “Great,” I muttered, “parallel parking.”  Scooter asked why it mattered, being desperate to escape the siblings. “It matters,” I said emphatically, “since I failed my drivers’ test twice because of parallel parking.”  It was quite obvious that I was not winning confidence in the backseat, but the poking stopped along with the breathing as I squeezed into a space fit only for some kind of hybrid thingy.  Part of the reason I love Montana as much as I do is for the wide open spaces, and when it comes to parking I need wide open spaces.

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The Risk of Raw Milk

The Risk of Raw Milk

 What are some of the riskiest things you do? 

Drive on icy roads? 

Tell the wife she looks fat in that sweater?

Eat prepackaged donuts from the gas station checkout line?

 

Risk of Raw Milk

There is a reason I ask: this was the defining subject of debate during a two-hour hearing in the Montana State Legislature.  Okay, maybe not the part about looking fat, but the part about risk.  You see, it was a two-hour debate about whether people should have the freedom of choice on drinking fresh milk as God intended or if people should be forced to only drink milk that has gone through the Industrial Age de-flavoring, de-nutritionalizing, and deconstructing process currently required by law (aka, pasteurization).

Drinking animal milk is a choice; you do not have to do it and many people do not.  I’m making that point upfront because I’m hoping to stave off the comments below to that effect; if that is your choice and you are healthy, excellent.  But our family found that we have our most excellent health when we have access to high-fat, grass-fed, creamy deliciousness.  One week without it and asthma returns for one child, allergies for another, and colds & sickness for all flare into existence.  So, with the high level of academic research that Wilson & I put into every subject directly affecting our plates (or glasses), we did make a unanimous decision to obtain and drink raw milk when possible. Our choice is a personal one, as is yours.

Raw Milk Boosts Immunity

Photo: Learning & Yearning, “Farm Life Boosts Immunity”

  Risk.  It is almost like the humming refrigerator or ticking clock; risk has its own “white noise effect” in which you no longer see common risk at all.  You walk up and down stairs everyday, perhaps you get into a car.  Well, that one still feels like a risk if my dad is driving, but I think you see my point.  You think “I’m not a risk-taker,” but you did eat that salad with the store-bought spinach.  There is an element of risk involved in nearly every action of your life; so you evaluate which ones are necessary and avoid the rest. 

Let’s further this discussion by discussing the risk of milk (raw or otherwise) in systematic terms:

#1:   Risk Belongs to the Risk Taker

Let’s just make the assumption right now that there is risk involved in drinking raw milk.  Who are you to tell me that it is an unnecessary risk for me?  Should I tell you that eating the processed food in your cupboard is an unnecessary risk for you?  Well, I am going to tell you that…but I am not going to make it law.  Nor should someone else make it law that a complete, living, and functional food found in nature (and as old as mammals themselves) is against the law for me.

#2:  All Options Carry Risk in Some Form

Again, let us make the assumption that there is risk involved in drinking raw milk.  Okay, there is.  But are we also making the assumption that there is no risk involved in drinking pasteurized industrial sludge? It does not follow.  It does not follow that because raw milk has a certain element of risk that all other alternatives are somehow safe or healthy.  They must all stand and fall on their own merit—and if you read the literature or follow the FDA’s recall list, you will not come to the conclusion that grocery store food or pasteurized milk is risk-less.   I just pulled up the FDA’s recall list, and a pasteurized cheese appeared on page one for Listeria, with more cheese, ice cream, and other pasteurized dairy products on subsequent pages. But then again, there is also a recall due to Listeria on…apples! In our modern food system, consider everything a risk.

#3: Pasteurization is experimental in the annals of history.

Prior to the last 150 years, there was no term for “raw milk”—people called it milk.   Technology birthed extremely large farms with unprecedented numbers of animals; modern animal sciences devote nearly all research programs to study “alternate feeds” to continuously cut the most costs before making sickly animals. Before there were heavily-funded studies to promote CAFO-style farming, people were doing it anyway, and pasteurization could mean the continuation of poor practice .  Pasteurization came during a time of high infant mortality, unchecked disease, and urban migration.  The squalor of city life in the Industrial Age coupled with the mead mash fed to pent-up cows led to a dire need for something.  Remember, Lister did not make popular the idea of sanitization until the 1870’s.  Filthy conditions and malnourished animals led to many deaths.  Sickly milk from sickly cows that was processed in an unsanitary way was a common carrier for Tuberculosis and Typhoid, although there is historical evidence that the initial reports of these connections were false or based on faulty science.


One could say that pasteurization saved lives.  In actuality, the filthy conditions and malnourished animals took lives and pasteurization only meant that it took less of them.  Did pasteurization fix the problem, or was it as Tylenol for cancer?


I have a treasured friendship with someone who is in complete disagreement with me about many lifestyle choices.  One day, the subject of fresh milk came up and she said, “I could never give my kids milk that wasn’t pasteurized.”  Taken aback I said, “Oh, I thought you said you breastfed.”

Breastfeeding

For all the nutritional reasons your pregnancy books encouraged you to feed real milk to your infant, a cow’s milk was designed to provide for its offspring.  It’s a misconception that human milk carries no pathogens—it has been proven time and again to carry pathogens.  But with those, it carries enzymes, vitamins, and other immune-system building qualities that protect the child from illness.  Remember, nothing kills bad bacteria as wholly or as naturally as good bacteria, and pasteurization kills it all.

Good Bacteria kills Bad Bacteria

  #4: Pasteurization cannot protect you from post-processing bacteria.

 Pasteurization is a middle step with many bacterial opportunities lurking from post-processing to transportation to packaging to your table.  Here are some of the steps to the process:

1)       The first (and one of the more dangerous) points of bacterial interference takes place at the milking.  What is the cleanliness of the udders?  The condition of the stainless steel pail?  Is it open or closed, allowing airborne particles of straw or manure to enter?  Sure, pasteurization can kill that bacteria, but dairies that depend upon pasteurization to do so may not meet your personal standards.  A homesteader or small farmer creating a fresh product for personal use takes a vested interest, I promise.

     “Pasteurization has had the effect of lowering our standards as to what’s consumable by humans.” – “Pasteurization in School Lunches” by Law for Food

Pasteurization Effect

 

2)      Raw milk intended for pasteurization now must be transported— mixed with milks from other farms in large tanker trucks that carry between 4,000-8,000 gallons of milk so that all farm traceability is now gone forever.  Perhaps one farm is impeccable; another down the road is not.  Now all milk is compromised en route to the pasteurization process.

3)      Pasteurization Process: If the proper temperatures are achieved and the equipment fully sanitized and functional, this should kill the most dangerous of bacteria.  It is not likely to kill all bacteria, however, and there are certainly instances in which things do not go swimmingly.  There is also something called a plate heat exchanger which uses gaskets to keep the raw milk from re-contaminating the pasteurized milk.  If gaskets are overtightened, were improperly installed, were exposed to too high a heat for long periods of time, or were not properly maintained, the milk is contaminated.

4)      Homogenization and Separation: Milk destined for the grocery store consumer is generally homogenized and then separated into it’s products—1%, 2%, cream, and so on.  More processing.

5)       Packaging—more tubing, more handling, more materials.

6)      Transportation—is the milk consistently held at the proper temperature and out of light through the transportation, delivery, and shelf life at the store?

As you can see, there are as many steps after pasteurization as there were before it.

 

#5: Legal Inconsistencies

Just as it would be a logical fallacy to assume that pasteurization carries no risk simply because raw milk does, it would also be a logical fallacy for raw milk advocates to insist that raw milk is 100%  safe because twinkies, cigarettes, and other legal substances are anything but safe.  We want to scream about the hypocrisy (and indeed, I have) about the government-business conspiracy of lacing our foods with TBHQ or Azodicarbonamide and about the entire FDA GRAS system even while they outlaw the most natural substance found on Planet Earth.  We should point out these inconsistencies—but understand that it in no way minimizes the risk of fresh milk because twinkies will kill you first.

Just the same, we must—it’s an absolute must—point out these legal inconsistencies so that we can shed light upon the back room dealings from whence they come.   The inconsistencies matter because Lady Justice is (supposed to be) blind; if one group is permitted exemption or immunity then should not another with equal merit?  When instances of food borne illnesses are more consistently found (in larger numbers and with greater devastation) in fast food restaurants and meat packing plants, why is a local farmer’s produce banned from retail sales? I will leave you with an excellent question from Law for Food in an article entitled “Is There a U.S. Government Bias on Raw Milk:”   “Can the ban on raw milk be justified in public health terms if foods equally or more likely to be vectors for the same illnesses are not banned?”

Just keepin’ it raw.

–Chaya


Proviso:

Nothing in this blog constitutes medical or legal advice.  You should consult your own physician before making any dietary changes.  Statements in this blog may or may not be congruent with current USDA or FDA guidance.

 Comments

Lynn

posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 5:19:15 PM America/Denver

Well said.

tessa

posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 10:35:46 PM America/Denver

Sing it, sista!

Christine |Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:46:21 AM America/Denver

LOVE it! This was well-written, thought provoking, and just plain fun to read! Though I have to admit that the “raw milk debate” is something that really annoys me. I am pretty darn sure that I can decide for myself whether or not to drink raw milk, and whether or not a particular farm or dairy suits my standards. I hate it when the ability to make decisions is taken from me by fear, propaganda, and back room deals!

Anne

posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:31:50 AM America/Denver

I have no problems drinking raw milk that comes from our own cows, but I know farms around us that I would not drink their milk even if it was pasteurized. The bottom line is choice. The government has no right to tell me what I will or will not eat.

The Farmer’s Lamp

posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:37:44 AM America/Denver

Chaya, You did a thorough, excellent job on this article. We too have the blessing of the many benefits of raw milk consumption. I thank you for sharing this article. I am sharing it on FB, Pinterest Board, and G+

ABL Technology

posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:14:28 AM America/Denver

I am impressed with your knowledge and I liked your post. Keep up sharing such nice information with us.

Tara

posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:22:07 AM America/Denver

Nice article! Pasteurization came about for a “safe” way to distribute mass production of milk. But like anything else …it’s an experiment! Years later we see the side effects, etc. just like they say it’s actually better for everyone to drink whole milk. I think it’s unconstitutional to say you cannot drink raw milk.

heather

posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 9:33:23 AM America/Denver

thank you! get the word out! bless you.

Lisa

posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 12:21:24 PM America/Denver

I loved this article and agree that we should be able to drink raw milk if we want! God does not make mistakes! Humans do!

Kate

posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 12:34:30 PM America/Denver

Our five children…now all almost adults..have drunk/were raised on raw milk since early childhood…20years..we use to have shares in a cow!..till that was banned…they all have amazing immune systems, were never ill from raw milk, the milk could last up to 10 days at the coldest back part of the fridge, they are not immunised either, rarely were ever I’ll except for a sniffly cold maybe that I treated with High Vit C and colloidal silver…..once in October we returned from holidays to discover the entire kindy of 60 families had been I’ll from chicken pox for 3 weeks! True and our in immunised family the only ones still healthy!..they were all breast fed till at least 1 yr…raw milk is fantastic

Kate

posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 12:38:15 PM America/Denver

Our five children…now all almost adults..have drunk/were raised on raw milk since early childhood…20years..we use to have shares in a cow!..till that was banned…they all have amazing immune systems, were never ill from raw milk, the milk could last up to 10 days at the coldest back part of the fridge, they are not immunised either, rarely were ever I’ll except for a sniffly cold maybe that I treated with High Vit C and colloidal silver…..once in October we returned from holidays to discover the entire kindy of 60 families had been I’ll from chicken pox for 3 weeks! True and our in immunised family the only ones still healthy!..they were all breast fed till at least 1 yr…raw milk is fantastic

Martha

posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 3:33:55 PM America/Denver

What convinced me on raw milk was my aunt had a cow and used to have bowls of milk on the kitchen table souring, maybe for curds and whey. We took baths in a galvanized tub in the kitchen. When we moved from California to Texas, I had a tub of beloved Organic Pastures butter in a styrofoam chest with ice, I was negligent about replacing as I was trying to make the trip a vacation as well. Soon the butter had an off smell, yet I couldn’t toss it, maybe because no matter how strong smelling their cheese got, I always ultimately ate and relished them. My niece and I both enjoyed the butter in Texas- it somehow smelled better by then (good bacteria ate bad). Then, after Fukashima, I filled my frig and a few in freezer of raw milk gallons. They tasted so yummy after they turned sour and champagne bubbly, when we got more, we waited till they got that way to drink. The frozen ones just rotted as quick as pasteurized.

judy maharrey

posted on Saturday, February 14, 2015 3:19:31 PM America/Denver

as a child we drank milk straight from the cow. no one was sick. when i started school, we were given pasteurized mik. i got sick, threw up the milk every time i drank it. to this day i am considered lactose intolerant.

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