Got Milk? Please?!


So today, my man and I went to the farmer’s market in my hometown. I’ve been missing farm-fresh veggies, and have been FIENDING for the creamy, nutritious, delicious, and (surprise!) illegal substance called…milk.

Not the fake, processed, calcium-depleting crap sold in stores. No, I want the REAL stuff! The stuff that comes right out of the cow!

[photos not mine]

yum! yum! yum!

yum! yum! yum!

you can SEE the delicious cream on top! how could you not want that in yo’ mouth?

The funny thing is, the powers that be have decided that this wonderful substance is unsafe, and should be made illegal. Considering all the poisonous crap that’s flying off the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, I really don’t get why. People have been drinking raw milk for ages, and suddenly it’s dangerous? The only reason people say milk isn’t healthy is BECAUSE of the processing it goes through. Pasteurization and homogenization both make milk harder to digest, and homogenization alters the very size and placement of the milk molecules. Creepy? I think so.

Here’s some info:

“Pasteurization compromises your milk. It destroys vitamins and interferes with calcium absorption. When you boil a liquid, you kill any bacteria and make that food sterile. In the process, you can’t help but affect the taste and nutritional value of that food. Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid to a high enough temperature to kill certain bacteria and disable certain enzymes.”

“Homogenization is a more recently invented process and it has been called “the worst thing that dairymen did to milk.” When milk is homogenized, it is pushed through a fine filter at pressures of 4,000 pounds per square inch. In this process, the fat globules are made smaller by a factor of ten times or more. These fat molecules then become evenly dispersed throughout the milk.

Milk is a hormonal delivery system. When homogenized, milk becomes very powerful and efficient at bypassing normal digestive processes and delivering steroid and protein hormones to the human body (both your hormones and the cow’s natural hormones and the ones they may have been injected with to produce more milk).”

There’s a lot to be said on both sides of this story – I’m sure there are plenty of studies that “prove” pasteurization and homogenization are harmless. And of course they do, because otherwise people wouldn’t buy the product. It doesn’t really convince me, though – especially considering it’s legal to lie on the news. I have decided I am weaning myself off of store-bought milk. It’s really difficult, especially on the road, but luckily there’s help! The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and A Campaign For Real Milk are two organizations that are fighting the good fight to free raw milk everywhere! I know I’ve jumped on board with the cause :) and, in my humble opinion, so should everyone!



About claireaudient

North Carolina girl, born and raised, though now I consider Vermont to be home as well. I guess you could say I'm a migrant gypsy farmer, if you were prone to saying such things. I've played the whole society game; I've been to three different colleges, have an Associate's Degree (in Liberal Studies, or something like that), and have worked more restaurant jobs than I care to admit. Through a curious series of events, however, I've formed a different perspective on what life means to me. Instead of slaving away at a job I hate to eke out a mediocre life staring at a shiny screen, I'm living out my dream to travel while learning organic farming and sustainability practices. It's not always easy, but leaving the comforts of routine to experience the wonders of the universe was a choice I will never regret. <3

3 responses »

  1. It’s so ridiculously hard in the US to stay on top of what’s good and what isn’t. So many contradictions out there. Lately I’ve been hearing that cow’s milk isn’t good for human consumption at all. Can’t win!

    • so true! And it’s not good for you…at least, not what you can buy in the stores. The processing makes it almost indigestible, and it actually depletes calcium from your body instead of fortifying it. When I can’t get raw milk, I turn to greens for my source of calcium. It’s way too hard to be healthy these days!

    • I have heard that too one day. Milk is just good for you in the early years and it means the mother milk. cow milk is for the baby cow and so on. but it is right that the information of milk is destroyed by the whole process they do to get it in the store.

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