Mark and Blaine McAfee with baby calf

Mark and Blaine McAfee with baby calf

Taking Back the American Food Chain

by Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures Dairy

Part 1 of 4

Two years ago a kind, soft spoken gentle older woman came to me under the Vine covered arches of the Fresno Farmers market. She spoke in short sentences with both hands on her stomach as she endured her abdominal crisis and stood slightly bent forward in pain . She said….I have IBS and take the purple pill costing $200 dollars per month and other drugs but they do not seem to work and it is getting worse and the doctors can not do anything more for me. They are talking about possible surgery to take out the part that is causing the pain. She said that her friends had told her that our food can maybe help her because it had helped them. Her story was so much like so many other consumers that had come to OPDC to find Raw Milk and Raw Milk Kefir to heal their IBS and Ulcers. I gave her two quarts of Raw Milk Kefir with out charge and said these are on me. I taught her how to make Kefir smoothies using our Raw Milk Kefir and the many wonderful whole raw foods found at the farmers market. Raw pastured eggs, raw honey, strawberries and blueberries.

She came back every week for months and months. Then she appeared with her husband on a day when a film crew was scheduled to film a story about raw milk. Her husband came to me with tears welling up in his eyes and speaking choked up….he said “ I have a new wife, she takes no drugs and feels great… she has a new life.. She is young again and she stands up tall and her pain is gone. We can travel. Thank you so very much”. I told him it was an honor to have helped his wife, but that he and his wife needed to tell their story to the film crew so that others that are also suffering could also heal.

A middle aged man with diabetes and bad foot circulation came to the farmers market in Santa Monica three years ago with a gangrene infected foot. The Kaiser hospital in LA had prescribed the surgical removal of his entire foot. He objected and instead chose to over dose daily on raw milk Kefir and raw colostrum. In eight weeks he healed most of his foot and lost just one toe and walks with no limp and a big smile.

There are stories of osteoporosis bone healing and recovery from “dead jaw syndrome” caused by FDA approved Fosomax osteoporosis medication, using phosphatase enzyme and calcium rich raw milk.

There are heart felt stories of children recovering from years of Asthma and bone and tooth depleting corticosteriod medication side effects, with just drinking a cup of raw milk every day.

People are awakening to the tragic dangers of highly processed American Soy products and their immune depressing, breast cancer stimulating, thyroid abusing and bone weakening effects and getting better quickly by eating whole foods and raw milk.

The stories are endless. The stores are true and they come from the mouths of real people. They speak mountains about how America has removed any connection between healing health and bio-active real whole complete foods.

This is why I love what I do and why I am crazy passionate. I love my consumers like family. They are family.

I could have also called this presentation…reconnecting the broken Medical-Nutritional link between the American farmer and consumer.

As a raw milk dairymen and founder of Organic Pastures Dairy in CA we produce and sell grass fed raw milk into 375 stores, 12 farmers markets, 50 family buyers club coops and feed about 65,000 people per week…In CA raw milk is a normal thing…it has always been legal, but must meet and exceed very strict state enforced standards. In addition to being a raw milk producer, I am also a retired paramedic and medical educator and active private pilot. When I fly over CAFO after CAFO and manure lagoon after manure lagoon and after responding to more than 15000 EMS calls in my 16 years of EMS experience… from my vantage point I see and feel things a little differently….I see and feel a looming bigger picture. The Essential place for the American farmer.

The direct connection between our wonderful consumers and our family business has touched me and changed me. In the final assessment we at OPDC have made the quantum leap and essential “medical-nutritional” connection between the soils, our cows and our consumers gut with just two links in our food chain. We are directly connected to our consumers and we will not let any thing come between us…nothing.

We have taken back our food chain at OPDC in CA because living foods are the Medical Nutritional link that connects the value of the food to healing. Health and real purpose… they displace FDA drugs and their tragic side effects….

This has raised a few eyebrows, successfully upset and disrupted the market place and made for some interesting politics. This is ok with us. We are interested in one thing…healthy happy consumers. The rest is just jealous back ground noise.

Now….how can you Take back the American Food Chain in your community.

Continue to Part Two of Mark McAfee’s Acres USA 2009 speech, What if the FAA was in Charge of Food Safety?

Mark McAfee, Owner Organic Pastures Dairy

Mark McAfee, Owner Organic Pastures Dairy

Mark McAfee founded  Organic Pastures Dairy Company in 2000, the first organic dairy in Fresno County, California.  McAfee pioneered the concept of decentralized milking ( his Mobile Grade A Milk Barn goes out to the cows when it is milking time). His cows graze on a pasture based integrated organic farm with closed nitrogen loop, no lagoons and no concrete, just “clean and green pastures”. The operations now employ 40 people and provide retail ready raw organic dairy products to more than 400 California natural food stores including Wholefoods.  Sales are growing at 20% or more per year and now exceed $5 million since being founded.

OPDC is the largest retail approved raw organic dairy products producer in North America. Mark McAfee is regarded by many in the industry as a foremost expert in raw milk safety and raw dairy product markets and technology. Mark is known for bold leadership and was the first milk producer to ever post sensitive bacteria count numbers on a website for the world to see. Mark has made formal presentations on raw dairy issues to legislative bodies, national and international conventions in Canada and Melbourne Australia and or Universities (including Stanford medical school and Rutgers), and fifteen of the United States.  Media credits include: ABC’s 20-20 and CBS evening news with Katie Courick.

Mark also helped found the RAWUSA.ORG raw milk production standards. RAW USA.ORG  was developed and founded to assist raw milk producers with producing safe raw milk  and also allow the consumer to identify these living and safe foods.  In more than 100 million servings not one pathogen has ever been found in OPDC raw milk. Visit their website: or call 1-877 RAW MILK.