We all know the slogan “Milk Does The Body Good” but which kind of milk? Are you a supporter of pasteurized or raw? The debate continues on which one is healthier but regardless shouldn’t we have the choice to decide. We should be able to choose whether we want pasteurized or raw, just like we have the choice of organic verses artificially saturated foods.

The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation wants to clear the air about raw milk and you are invited. The Farm-to-Consumers Foundation is bringing its annual International Raw Milk Symposium to Minnesota and wants to provide consumers, farmers, and public officials with valuable food safety information about raw milk.

Many of us might not be able to make it to Minnesota but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay informed. The Weston A. Price Foundation and The Campaign for Real Milk and others do a great job collecting relevant data about raw milk.

According to reports raw milk was shown to be superior to pasteurized in protecting against infection, diarrhea, rickets, tooth decay and TB. Studies conducted in Europe found that dinking “farm” (raw) milk protected against asthma and allergies. In a survey of raw milk drinkers in the state of Michigan, over 80 percent of those advised by a healthcare professional that they were lactose intolerant were able to consume raw milk without a problem. Not only are there health benefits to drinking raw milk but monetary benefits to local farmers. According to reports gathered by The Campaign for Real Milk, In 2002, dairy farmers in the U.S. went out of business at the rate of 16 per day. Farmers that sell to co-ops receive approximately $1.50 per gallon of milk verses $4-$8 per gallon of income on raw milk or raw dairy products. That makes a substantial impact on farmers and their families.

If you can’t make it to Minnesota check out the sites below and make your own decision on raw milk.

The Campaign for Real Milk

Weston A. Price Foundation

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