There has been lots of hype lately regarding illegal "Raw Milk" sales. Why would a person choose to drink Raw Milk? Whats the big deal, why not just buy the watered down, over heated falsely advertised vitamin enriched white stuff at your local grocery store?
Well for us it's simple! It returning to old paths that have been carved out by generations of the past. A whole food diet that nourishes our mind and body. It is knowing where our food comes from, how it was raised and what is in it. There is noting more wholesome than a glass of organic milk from grass fed cows. It could be from your cows or a local farmers. We all have the right to make that choice.
When milk is pasteurized everything in it is destroyed, both good and bad. Commercial milk is advertised as being fortified with vitamins and there for as good as raw milk! Well that is an interesting thing. Milk can not be sold as pasteurized if it has anything added to it after it has been pasteurized, so the vitamins and all that special "good stuff" is added to the milk before pasteurization! Government inspection is carried out to ensure your milk has had the vitamins added! That's good right? Well they are testing the level of vitamin ash content left in the milk after all of those vitamins have been destroyed by the pasteurization!
When our Government claims drinking Raw Milk is a "Food Safety" issue I have to laugh. When I read articles like this -
Cantaloupes contaminated with listeria have triggered the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on Tuesday.
So far, 72 people in 18 states have become ill after eating the tainted fruit, reporting fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. Thirteen people have died from the infection, but that number could rise with forthcoming test results by state health departments. Full article here http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/28/listeria-laced-cantaloupe-6-things-you-need-to-know/
Canada has confirmed its first illness related to the outbreak of E. coli involving spinach grown in the U.S. A 43-year-old woman in Renfrew County, Ont., became ill in early September and had to be hospitalized, the province's Health Ministry said Monday. She has since been released. Health officials said she had a strain of E. coli that is an exact genetic match to the strain that has killed one American and caused 173 to become sick. It has yet to be determined exactly where the woman purchased the contaminated spinach, but officials say it was in Canada.
Full artical here http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2006/09/25/contaminated-spinach.html
The list goes on and on. What about all of the contaminated chicken? It is sad when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has to have a web site to list all of the food recalls here:
If you do nothing else take a look at that page. Clearly our government can not manage our food safety. Everything from Glass Mragments, Listeria Monocytogenes, Salmonella Bacteria, Paralytic Shellfish Toxin, Pieces of Metal, Dangerous Bacteria, Improperly Declared Peanuts, Undeclared Fish/Shrimp and Sesame and Undeclared Milk. These are only the items from November and October 2011. Salmonella in Coriander powder, Pieces of Metal in ground beef ??? Do you feel safe?
I have a little saying that I try my best to abide by. If you can't grow it or make it don't eat it! This may sound impossible to some, and I will be the first to admit we have days this is not 100% possible but 90% of the time we do it. Yes it takes time and planing. But no more time than it takes to, make a grocery list, get in the car drive to the grocery store, fill up your cart, stand in line at the check out, pack the groceries in your car, drive home, unpack them from the car, put the groceries away and then decide what to eat! Now to me that is exhausting and expensive, both in time and money. I could have all my baked goods prepared for a week within that time frame.
I can see people saying well then how am I going to get even those whole foods you are talking about if I don't do all of that? Well there are many options a few easy ones might be, purchase bulk dry goods such as rolled oats and flour in bulk at a health food store. Keep your pantry full! Have everything you need to bake on hand. Join a local food buying co-op (we offer this option). Plant a garden. Can extra produce, dehydrate or freeze. Purchase your organic meat each season to have on hand. Join a CSA if you do not wish to garden. Visit your local Farmers market. Just stay away from the grocery store where you are sure to be surrounded by processed foods.
Almost everyone that reads this post will have some sort of Doctor, a Lawyer, a Banker, Insurance Broker, Real Estate Agent and so on. Why is it then that most people do not have a Farmer? We all need someone to provide us with Clean, Organic Food. Food we can trust to feed ourselves and our families.
If you need help finding a local Farmer in your area just ask here and I will get you connected with some Local Farms.
What do you do now to ensure your food safety? What can we do to help you on your journey?