Information Regarding Raw Milk

Raw Milk Resources:

The Importance of Temperature Control for Raw Milk

Where are the FACTS showing raw milk dangers?

A Campaign for Real Milk Powerpoint Presentation

Organic Pastures FAQs

Raw Milk Facts

PROTECTIVE COMPONENTS OF RAW MILK. Raw milk contains numerous components that assist in:

* Killing pathogens in the milk (lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, leukocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, antibodies, medium chain fatty acids, lysozyme, B12 binding protein, bifidus factor, beneficial bacteria);
* Preventing pathogen absorption across the intestinal wall (polysaccharides, oligosaccharides, mucins, fibronectin, glycomacropeptides, bifidus factor, beneficial bacteria);
* Strengthening the Immune System (lymphocytes, immunoglobulins, antibodies, hormones and growth factors) (Scientific American, December 1995; British J of Nutrition, 2000:84(Suppl. 1):S3-S10, S75-S80, S81-S89).

FORTY-YEAR-OLD SCIENCE AND ANCIENT HISTORY: Claims that raw milk is unsafe are based on 40-year-old science and century-old experiences from distillery dairy “factory farms” in rapidly urbanizing nineteenth century America.

MODERN ADVANTAGES: Compared to 30-50 years ago, dairy farmers today can take advantage of many advancements that contribute to a dramatically safer product including pasture grazing, herd testing, effective cleaning systems, refrigeration and easier, significantly less expensive, more accessible and more sophisticated milk and herd disease testing techniques.

UNIQUE FOOD: Raw milk is the ONLY food that has extensive built-in safety mechanisms and numerous components to create a healthy immune system.

Excepts listed here are presented by REALMILK.COM


Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures raw milk dairy located in California discusses raw milk vs. pasteurized milk.

While this Co-op promotes raw milk and believes that the dangers of raw milk are both minimal when obtained from a trusted source like those we strive to bring to you, it is true that raw milk - like pasteurized milk or produce- can become contaminated. It is important to be absolutely informed about the risks and benefits of consuming raw milk and make an informed decision.

A new website was just launched by raw milk opponents and can be found at:

While our producers and members disagree with the idea that pasteruized milk is better than raw milk, we urge all consumers to become educated on the risks and stay abreast of changes. That means reviewing inforation from all sides of the issue. Below are additional links to information of that nature:

FDA Information on Raw Milk

Associated Press Article on Raw Milk

Federal Food Saftey article


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