News and Views about Raw Milk
March 5, 2012 - OPEN LETTER and Admonishment to CDC to change their Biased Raw Milk Website
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: 12.16.11
QUARANTINE IS LIFTED AND WE ARE OFF RECALL !!!!!!!!!!
MORE DETAILS TO COME SHORTLY. WE ARE STARTING DISTRIBUTION AND YOU MAY COME TO DAIRY FOR WALK IN SALES NOW
Articles and Blogs
FOX News: Newly released raw milk study shows 41% decrease in asthma, allergies and eczema in children that drink fresh raw milk.
Study confirms findings of the 2005 EU PARSIFAL study. Read More
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Join the US Raw Milk Alliance!
This group is for people who believe we have the freedom to choose the foods that maintain and restore our health, the right to farm their own land, and to trade/share the produce with others without government interference. We connect families to natural food and healing, natural farms, and nutritional education. We are interested in recovery from disorders through nutrition and treatments with the latest and most effective methods.
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OPDC'S “RAMP” Food Safety Plan
Organic Pastures voluntarily goes far beyond what is required by the CA DHS, USDA, FDA or CDFA to assure that your raw milk is delicious and very safe. RAMP is our step by step process to meet and exceed CA and PMO standards even for pasteurized milk!
An effective plan to produce safe delicious raw milk is something we feel should not be kept private. Our RAMP safety plan is now available to all Raw Milk producers HERE. It is our gift to America.
A Note To Raw Milk Producers: While every safety plan will be specialized to the individual risks of the local producer, we believe our RAMP may serve as a good foundation for developing your own plan to produce safe, delicious raw milk. For further explanation feel free to call 1-877 RAWMILK. If you use any part of this plan, all that we ask is that you give credit to the authors of RAMP.
Download RAMP (pdf)
GET TO KNOW YOUR FARMER…GET TO KNOW YOUR FOOD!
What we do at Organic Pastures is exactly what the Secretary of Agriculture has directed all small farmers and consumers to do.
The USDA’s newest initiative is the “Get to Know Your Farmer and Get to Know Your Food” program. This program localizes food and reconnects the long disconnected ends of the food chain. This USDA initiative is a bold and radical step that cuts out the middleman processors and puts the money back into the farmer's pocket (and the nutrition back into the consumers body).
If I had my dream, the FDA would have nothing to do with our food in America and this USDA program would reconnect American consumers and their farmers. Ten years ago and long before the USDA conceived of reconnecting farmers and consumers, OPDC successfully engaged with our consumers; now both OPDC and our consumers are thriving! This is a model for America and we support the USDA in this visionary concept of economics, local green stewardship. It is a nutritional and cultural renaissance for all Americans.
Thanks You Secretary Vilsack and USDA.
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The science of human ecosphere biology and genetics.
It is not possible to be healthy without a diversity of microbial life all over and inside of you! Read on >
UC Davis researchers advise: ”For Gods Sake Please Breast Feed”
Aug. 2, 2010, New York Times - UC Davis researchers have found that non-digestible sugars in the raw breast milk of mammals are essential to healthy digestive function and immune system protection.
Read the Article >
This same research can be applied to raw milk from cows, with its very similar living protective systems that mirror raw breast milk.
We say….”For Gods Sake please breast feed and then when that is done….please feed raw cows milk."
Why we support the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
By Mark McAfee
“We must hang together or surely we will sicken and hang one by one”
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Mark McAfee published in Wise Traditions Magazine: Fifteen Things That Pasteurization Kills
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OPDC Chosen as the Only Food Vendor for George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic
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See the process of getting your raw milk to you from start to finish...
Watch Grass to the Glass! >
New USDA ARS research says that pastured cows raw milk fats have 500% higher levels of CLA and other beneficial fats.
Read more (pdf)
Visit miffs.org to learn even more >
Mothers to Hold Demonstration Outside the FDA
“Don’t Turn Us Into Criminals over milk!” Demand Moms
Washington, DC, October 2011 —A group of mothers from across the country who feed their children raw milk plan to hold a demonstration, on November 1 just outside the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. They will be protesting the FDA’s crackdown on raw milk production and distribution, arguing that the government campaign not only criminalizes raw milk, but criminalizes the American citizens who buy and consume it.
Recently, FDA has engaged in several long undercover sting operations and
raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs. “Not only are the FDA’s actions
a shameful use of force, they are also a serious threat to my freedom and my
family’s food supply” says Karine Bouis-Towe, Founder of the Farm Food
Freedom Coalition and Grassfed on the Hill, a local food buying club. “Moms
everywhere are disgusted by the FDA making us criminals for feeding our
families nutritious food just because that food happens to come from a farm in a
Notable leaders in the “local foods” and “foods rights” movements will join
mothers from across the country for their demonstration. Prior to their peaceful
demonstration, a caravan of mothers will cross state lines with raw milk and invite the FDA to witness what the agency wrongly considers to be a criminal act.
Media are invited to ride along as embedded reporters to report on how the FDA
responds to what it wrongly terms a violation of the law.
Under FDA regulations [21 CFR § 1240.61] implemented in 1987, it is illegal for
anyone to transport raw milk intended for human consumption across state lines.
That includes individuals purchasing it legally in one state and crossing into
another state where they live.
Get the details here >
Info about farm raids www.FarmFoodFreedomCoalition.com For additional information on raw milk www.westonaprice.org
Contact: Liz Reitzig, Founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition
August is National Breastfeeding Month!
Breast is BEST!! Let’s all celebrate the hero moms who have chosen HEALTH for their children! Not only are there amazing benefits for moms who breast feed, but no one can argue the benefits children get from their mothers' raw breast milk. We at OPDC want to praise and acknowledge the women who have made the commitment to health for their babies!
Breast milk and raw cow’s milk, for all time, have been used by people around the world interchangeably – especially when moms stop breast feeding. In raw dairy milk, all enzymes, beneficial bacteria, key fats, minerals, antibodies, micronutrients, and specialized sugars remain intact – just like raw breast milk!
Raw breast milk is BEST, but when you are done with breast feeding what is next?….more raw milk of course!! How much easier can it get?...Nurse as long as you can, then switch to raw cow’s milk – nature's perfect building blocks to healthy happy kids, and healthy happy moms.
“Cows are the mothers of the universe” (Ancient Hindu Belief )
The human infant is fed breast milk by its human mother. After weaning, the cow acts as the surrogate mother providing milk for the rest of the human life – through childhood, adult age and old age. The cow is verily the mother of the world.
Check out this fun PSA about breastfeeding! >
Mark McAfee at Raw Milk Rally on Boston Commons
Raw milk fans graze and milk a Jersey Cow on Boston Commons, and deliver a strong message about Raw Milk rights Watch it Here >
The FDA is the Enemy of Health
Finally the FDA has made its positions known in its “Motion to Dismiss” documents that it fined with a Federal court recently. Read About It
Dr. Joe Mercola interviews Mark McAfee on Raw MilkView Now
OPDC Addresses A1 and A2 Cows Read Statement Here >
The Raw Milk Holy Grail has been found...
…and published by the Michigan Fresh Unprocessed Milk Working group.
Until now there has been a missing Government consensus on the nature and value of Raw Milk. A working group consisting of a broad consortium of Government, University researchers, doctors, raw milk consumers, raw milk producers and others working have published the results of their three year efforts. Dramatic findings about raw milk published by University scientists and doctors confirm that Fresh Raw Milk is completely different from Pasteurized Milk in almost all measures. It is strongly pro-biotic and immune building in special and essential ways.
What every successful farmer needs to know… he will learn from his consumer
Guest Blogger, Mark McAfee, on Raw Milk and the Michael Schmidt Caseread it now >
PhD’s Independent Study Shows Raw Milk Drinkers Well Educated
Dr. Amanda Rose, PhD, has just completed a study of California Raw Milk Drinkers and Consumers.
This study and data was presented in Washington State at the Annual Veterinary Medical Association Conference in June 2009. Dr. Rose is a critical, independent researcher with bipartisan views of raw milk consumption.
Read Dr. Rose's compelling conclusions. > (pdf)
HEALTH | January 27, 2009
Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You
By JANE E. BRODY
The hygiene hypothesis suggests that organisms that enter the body along with "dirt" spur the development of a healthy immune system Read more >
OPDC Family Team are finalists for 20th Annual California Family Business Awards
The McAfee family is proud to announce our selection as finalists for the 2009 Institute for Family Business Award.
View certificates of recognition from state legislators here >
CITIZEN PETITION asks FDA to “tear down the wall” created by CFR 1240.61 and let raw milk legally flow from state to state.
The “citizens petition” to amend CFR 1240.61 is now officially logged into the FDA and Department of Health and Human Services system and awaits administrative review and hopefully a period of public comment. Read the Petition >
Read FDA Confirmation >
SB 201 - the Fresh Milk Act of 2008 FAILS AT THE GOVERNOR'S DESK. Read Statements Here >
Recent lectures in a Seminar Series on Raw Milk hosted by Rutgers University Agriculture Experiment Station, courtesy of the Rodale Institute
Part 1 - The Truth about Milk
Part 2 - Lactose Intolerance
Part 3 - Got Raw Milk?
NIH (National Institutes of Health) promotes healthy gut through "ancient" milk. Read More >
"Some probiotic foods date back to ancient times, such as fermented foods and [cultured] milk products. Read more >
ODE magazine lists OPDC in top 20 Organic companies worldwide.
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Raw Milk: A Chef's Dream Come True Read more >
PAST NEWS OF NOTE >>
Video and MP3
FARMAGEDDON: The Unseen War on American Family Farms
Watch the Movie Trailer
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
THE "MILK MEN" MOVIE
In other states and countries people are fighting valiantly for raw milk…in CA we are so blessed….but we must not let down our guard for one minute. OPDC stands proud and strong in the struggle for the universal right to access raw milk everywhere for everyone. View>> >
BOSTON COMMONS PROTEST
May 10, 2010 - Raw Milk advocates bring a cow to Boston Commons and speak out for Raw Milk! Watch on Boston.com View >>
Watch our Mobile Milk Barn in Action
Only OPDC meets their cows on their own territory! Watch a video of our super-humane mobile milk barn View >>
From Grass to Glass
See the process of getting your raw milk to you from start to finish...the grass to the glass! View >>
Watch a Raw Milk Massacre...
Privately owned raw milk seized and dumped without a warrant...Be darn glad you live in California where you can get legal raw milk.
View Part 1 >>
View Part 2>>
Farmers Market Report with Wayne Bolton, WVHL radio - Wayne talks with Mark about the health benefits of raw milk - Listen now >
Bacteria use a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves. Watch Video>
History: Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008
- SB 201 "The Fresh Raw Milk Act of 2008" Passed by Ag and Health Committees!
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Read the Full Bill >
Good Summary >
Watch Video >
In Other News...
- Learn about AB 1735's threat to Good Bacteria, and other Raw Milk Issues on The Food Chain Radio Show with Ron Garthwaite and Mark McAfee Listen >
- KTVU/Fox News Interviews Mark McAfee at OP Dairy View >
- Hear American University Radio (NPR) Segment about Raw Milk with Mark McAfee and Sally Fallon Listen >
- See Organic Pastures on CBS News Online View >
- Hear Mark McAfee interviewed on KSTE Radio Listen >
- For the past sixty years, there hasn't been much good news for America's small dairies. Read more by David Gumpert in The Nation.
- OPDC sends detailed response to SJ Mercury article about raw cream. Read
- Fresno Bee comes out strong for raw milk and exposes CDFA's anti raw milk agenda. Read
- Reuters predicts Raw Milk as a top story to watch for 2008. Read More
- SF Gate: California dairies sue to stop enforcement of standard on raw milk. Read More
- Organic Pastures Dairy Company and Claravale Dairy Join Forces to Fight AB 1735. Read More
- Raw Milk Recall Settled with CDFA without litigation. September 30, 2006 -
The state cleared a Fresno County dairy to resume shipping raw milk products Friday, finding no evidence they contributed to four cases of E. coli poisoning in Southern California.
Read News Article
See CDFA Settlement Agreement