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News for August 3, 2010

What's Healthier: Raw Milk Or Regulation?

On a recent morning in Venice, Calif., workers at Rawesome Foods were opening up shop for the day when there was a knock on the door.

"I went back there to see who it was, and they said, 'Police, we have a search warrant,' " Rawesome volunteer Jim Phillips says.

READ MORE (MPR) ]

Another Victory for the Sustainable Food 'Moo-vement'

As part of their collective commitment to health and wellness, Bon Appetit Management Company and Compass Group USA will contract to buy only yogurt from cows not treated with rBGH (also known as rBST) effective today.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (OPSR), which facilitates a nationwide coalition opposing rBGH, commended today's announcement from the two companies. According to Rick North, Oregon PSR's Project Director, "Artificial growth hormone is known to cause harm to cows and may very well cause harm to humans. Congratulations to Bon Appetit Management Company and Compass Group for taking a stand on this issue. This change sends a clear signal to milk product manufacturers that major players in the food service industry want to serve products produced without rBGH, including yogurt. We applaud both companies for leading the industry another step in the right direction, making changes that support both animal welfare and human health."

READ MORE (PR Newswire) ]

Raw Milk Adherents Fight State Law Forcing Them Underground

Mothers, teachers, doctors, and church members are meeting their dealers in barns and on back doorsteps, paying cash for an illicit substance they say they just can’t live without: raw milk.

Yes, that’s right, milk – unpasteurized, nonhomogenized, raw milk. It’s illegal to sell for human consumption in North Carolina and 24 other states.

READ MORE (Carolina Journal) ]

Slaughterhouses on Wheels Come to the Aid of Small Farms

One of the great American success stories after World War Two was the rise of industrial farming. But now small is big. People who say they worry about their food and their environment are looking for locally grown produce from small farms.

Local meat producers want a piece of the action. But small farmers often have a difficult time getting their animals to market. Many cannot pay the cost of a large slaughterhouse.

READ MORE (VOA) ]

Wellness: Raw Milk Rules

Winton Pitcoff offers a detailed list of reasons he's a fan of raw milk, beginning with perhaps the most basic one: "Well, it tastes really good. You start there," he says.

"A lot of people don't know what real milk tastes like, because they've been drinking the cooked stuff so long," says Pitcoff, referring to the pasteurized, homogenized milk that most of us grew up drinking. Fans of unpasteurized, or "raw," milk rave about its creaminess and fresh taste, which varies depending on the breed of cow or the contents of her diet.

READ MORE (Valley Advocate) ]

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