Saturday, December 8, 2007

Raw Milk Diaries

I recently joined a raw milk co-op - a group of 9 moms who met through the local mother's club online forum (community building in yet another form). We will be getting raw milk starting next Friday and perhaps every Friday thereafter from Organic Pastures Dairy, a fairly local dairy with pasture-fed cows.

I'm pretty sure that raw milk has less of an impact on the environment than pasteurized milk if, for no other reason, than it does not go through the emissions-producing process of pasteurization. But there's more. Raw milk contains live bacteria and enzymes which are beneficial for your intestinal tract. Ingesting these bacteria and enzymes naturally, from the source, instead of from store-bought probiotics is healthier and provides one with a more diverse population of beneficial bacteria than any available probiotic. In addition, as it has less steps in its production, raw milk is better for the environment than store-bought probiotics. Drinking raw milk helps people with asthma, allergies and immune disorders. Buying from a local dairy with pasture-fed cows is also obviously greener than the pollution spewing mega-dairy farms.

So while I'm thrilled to be part of this little co-op, the news isn't all good. The California legislature passed a law which will ban the sale of raw milk in California starting January 1, 2008. This little coop could end up being pretty short lived if we can't get the law reversed. As I've written before, it is important to speak up. I'll write our governor and local representatives, email other moms I know and generally get the word out. Other raw milk drinkers will be doing the same thing. If you feel strongly on the topic, please let our governor and legislature know.

I'll keep my fingers crossed - you'd be surprised what a little vocal opposition can do!


Anonymous said...

Calling all Raw Milk Consumers
RAW MILK – Action Alert
AB 1735
We have been given very specific “political marching orders” to win reversal of AB 1735 without a lawsuit and hearings!
Your action is needed immediately.
Our political associates in Sacramento have strongly advised us to send letters and make calls immediately to the six people listed below. This group of leaders hold the future of your raw milk in their hands. Please contact them right now!

AB 1735 will be in political play during the next few days. With your passionate and immediate support via phone calls and mailed letters, we can overturn AB 1735 without a lawsuit.

When calling, simply say you oppose the bill because it threatens your supply of raw milk, and you support a reversal. The friendly phone personnel will take your name and city, register your comment and that's it!

The message points for your letter are:

California Raw milk is safe with a perfect record of zero pathogens detected at Claravale Dairy and Organic Pastures Dairy since 1927. That’s 80 years of raw milk testing history.
AB 1735 creates a new raw milk standard that does not improve safety and will eliminate raw milk sales in California. Coliform bacteria ( if high or low ) do not equal pathogenic bacteria. Coliforms are not pathogens; they are harmless and beneficial. Current laws provide for testing of pathogens and none have ever been found in CA raw milk produced at OPDC or Claravale.
Demand AB 1735 be reversed immediately.
Make it clear why raw milk is important to you and your family, how it has changed your life and improved your health.

Nicole Para Assemblyperson
Capitol Office
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento CA 94249-0030
916-319-2130 FAX

Doug LaMalfa
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Room 4164
Sacramento, CA 94249-0002
Phone: (916) 319-2002

Mike Villines
Capitol Office
State Capitol Room 3104
Sacramento, CA 94249-0029
Ph: (916) 319-2029
Fax: (916) 319-2129

Fresno District Office
6245 N. Fresno Street, #106
Fresno, CA 93710
Ph: (559) 446-2029
Fax: (559) 446-2028

Bill Maze
Capitol Office
State Capitol Room 5160
Sacramento, CA 94249-0034
Ph: 916-319-2034
Fax: 916-319-2134

Visalia District Office
5959 S. Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277
Ph: 559-636-3440
Fax: 559-636-4484

Fabian Nunez
Capitol Office
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0046

District Office
320 West 4th Street
Room 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 620-4646

Chris Kahn
Office of the Governor
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-4341
Fax: 324-6358

James said...

I know this thread is older, but are you still running your milk buying club. We are looking for a better(cheaper) way to buy.


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