Have been too busy milking, processing, marketing and distributing milk
to keep up with your great milk discussion. My view is that I don't care
what milk you drink as long as you are informed on the subject and
comfortable with your decision. Just keep your ears and minds open and
never assume you have learned all there is about any subject.
We have a 50 cow organic grass based dairy and sell pasteurized milk in a
couple of urban markets. But we drink raw milk and have for the last 20
years. Have raised our kids on it, after a year or so of breast feeding.
We are satisfied with our choice but would like to be able to offer raw
milk to the public so that they could have a choice also.
In Sally Fallon's last article that appeared in Acres USA she promoted
raw milk and that is fine. But the real importance of the article was
her stand on promoting local family farmers selling to local markets. If
you get a chance, don't miss reading Keeping Value Added on the Farm in
the January 2000 issue of Acres USA. My fight is not with other
sustainable ag supporters but with mega-farms and mega-corporations.
There is only so much energy to put into the battle so I am not going to
waste it on internal skirmishes aimed at the sustainable ag proponents.
We are individuals, many out of the box thinkers and lots of lunatic
fringers. We will never agree on all the specifics but let's work to
support each other on the major issues. Personally I get enough flak
from government regulators, conventional farmers and store managers to
last me a lifetime. I feel like I am hanging out here all by myself
while my sustainable ag "community" spends most of its time taking pot
shots at each other.
Come on folks! Let's not lose sight of whose side we are on. Show
respect for others' opinions and knowledge and share these freely, but
don't get so wrapped up in it that you forget the big picture and spend
all your time and energy stomping on other family farmers.
Green Hills Harvest
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