This isn’t a guest blog in the tradition sense. The whole article started with this video The Hidden Costs Behind Milk that was sent to me requesting I post it. I’m not in perfect agreement with this video and I’m still not completely sure of the “insurance quotes” company that produced it – but, it was good enough for me to pass along with some commentary.
Let’s start with the videos “locally” section: “A low fat glass of milk is a great way to load the body with healthy protein, natural sugars, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D.” I completely disagree – low fat, homogenized, pasteurized milk with added synthetic vitamins that can’t be absorbed by the body because they are fat soluble vitamins (remember, it’s “low fat”) is a dead product that shouldn’t be eaten. Need healthy proteins – try fish, poultry, or grass-fed beef. Need natural sugars – try fruit. Need calcium, potassium, and vitamin D – try leafy greens and vegetables. Love dairy and want to have it – try raw milk.
But, I agree with the next sections about the senseless use of hormones and antibiotics because factory-farmed animals aren’t being raised naturally.
My next issue is with the “environment” section. It is possible to fully sustain a farm, including cows. It has been done for centuries and is still be done today. If you aren’t sure how take a look at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms. Every animal has a job and works the farm so the environment is healed, not harmed. It can be done! And raw milk can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
The “globally” section states, “Raising cows consumes 50% more energy than raising pigs or chickens.” I don’t know where this quote comes from, as it’s not sited. But, based on previous presentations, it’s probably based on the amount of grain used to feed these animals. But, grain is not the natural diet of cows – grass is. If you allow cows to eat their natural food the energy usage is substantially less.
Finally, in the second “globally” section it says, “Every year the number of dairy farms with under 100 cows declines, while mega farms grow, meaning more jobs for machines and fewer jobs for farmers and farm hands.”. This is unfortunately true, and we certainly need to reverse this trend. Drinking raw milk rather than processed milk can help with this issue.
Raw Milk & This Video
So, you might be asking, “Why would she bother to post a video, just to tear it apart?”. That really isn’t my intention. In all honesty, they give drinking milk a letter grade of C. I would give drinking processed milk an F. But, the part people consistently forget is this type of milk isn’t our only choice. That’s why this type of video is valuable.
When my son was younger, in order to get raw milk I traveled 40 minutes each way (I know not the greatest for the environment) in order to get him the best choice. Eventually, we were able to get on with a local farm and could get raw milk closer. We got extra and made yogurt, ice cream, kefir, sour cream, cheese, and buttermilk. I am lactose intolerant but am able to tolerate a small about of raw dairy especially when fermented. As my son has grown we eat very little dairy products, but it’s still the raw milk products.
Raw Milk vs Non-Dairy Products
One of the comments after this video is about how people choose soy milk instead of regular milk. The author of this comment is right to be concerned about people drinking soy milk. It’s been a great marketing campaign by soybean farmers and Monsonto to sell us another dead product. I’ve previously discussed how the American public has been duped – you can read the blog here Tofu Does Not Equal Eating Healthy. But there are plenty of other alternatives to processed milk or soy milk. Raw milk is by far the most natural and the healthiest option. For centuries people drank only raw milk. In most countries, raw milk is the norm. In America, big agriculture has scared people in to believing we need their protection. Now, lactose intolerance is wide-spread. Enter the same big agriculture companies to the rescue with non-dairy product options, like soy. Let’s go back to basics with raw milk instead.
Raw Milk – It’s Up To You
We have choices. We can choose to support small, local farmers. We can choose to purchase whole, raw milk with all the health benefits. For more information about raw milk take a look here A Campaign For Real Milk.
Big companies, with much to gain, and profits on the line continue to try and make this complex issue simple. But they never remark on the simplest solution, raw milk from loved, grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. The final decision is yours and you show your support each time you pay at the register or give money to your local farmer. Really want to change the world? You can. Choose raw milk.