What about Fresh Milk?
By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD
I was talking today to my friend, John McCormick, a grass farmer who lives in Wilmore, PA about the reactions of some few people who were attending the Lactose Intolerance Conference at NIH this past week and stopped by the Weston Price exhibit, which was manned, or should I way womaned, by Kim Hartke, publicist for the non-profit organization. One lady was angry and demanded that Kim leave because raw milk was illegal in Maryland. Kim had the approval of the National Institutes of Health Conference Management Center to be present there. The woman walked by the table the following day in a huff, and repeated her comments.
John, who started drinking about a quart of raw milk kefir daily, after three bouts of cancer, wondered why it was called raw milk. “Why don’t we just call it “fresh milk?,” he asked me. “People wouldn’t have such a bad reaction. I’m surprised no one has thought of it yet.”
Upon second thought, what he said had a great deal of truth to it.
Raw is a word that does evoke specific mental images, whether it be raw meat, or a wound, dripping blood. It is an edgy word and applying it to such a gentle natural drink bears rethinking. After all, pasteurized milk certainly cannot be termed “fresh,” after being mishandled by heating, then pulverized to break up the fat globules and adulterated with artificial Vitamin D. And the final product stands row upon row on shelves in the dairy case at supermarkets, with a long “expiration date.”
On the other hand, “fresh milk,” straight from the cow, comes to you in its natural state, with no additions or subtractions. It must be bottled immediately and sold within a few short days.
Just something to think about. Government regulators from the FDA recently harassed an Amish farmer, in Pennsylvania, entered his property and demanded an inspection for possibly producing fresh milk because, “Well, you have cows. You cannot be consuming all the milk you produce.” They then followed a man in a truck, who was an observer to the scene, for 50 miles, after he left the farm. When the man later questioned the agents as to why they were harassing him and demanding to inspect his truck, they responded, “We have a cause, because you left the farm.” It makes you wonder.
Why do we call it “raw milk?” The actions of the FDA in this case were definitely “raw.”