Benefits of Raw Milk Touted by National Farmers’ Union

By on March 21, 2013

American Farm Bureau has a new policy that only pasteurized milk should be sold for human consumption. The National Farmers Union, has recently voted in favor of greater consumer choice and freedom for farmers to meet the growing demand. What’s your opinion?

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION ENDORSES RAW MILK

Raw Milk Activists Applaud the Move Toward Greater Access

Washington, D.C. –March 20, 2013–GlobeNewswire–The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) announces that the National Farmers Union (NFU) has adopted new pro-raw milk policies at its 111th annual convention, held on March 2nd-5th in Springfield Massachusetts. The conference theme, Making Waves in Agriculture, reflected the new, progressive stance on raw milk.

The new policies were proposed by Mark McAfee, founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy in California, on behalf of the delegates from California, and supported by delegates from Pennsylvania and the Northeastern states. Conference participants called for access to raw milk for all citizens and responsible production standards for raw milk producers. The new policies stipulate single source production for raw milk to assure that consumers know the source of the raw milk they purchase.

In contrast, the American Farm Bureau, has opposed numerous state level efforts to improve consumer access to farm fresh, unprocessed milk. However, there is evidence the AFB position may soon change. During the past two years, the California Farm Bureau actively participated in a working group on small herd micro dairies, where they took a neutral position.

“Raw milk consumption is growing at a rate of 25 percent per year,” said McAfee, “while conventional milk sales are falling relentlessly. Farmers want to meet the consumer demand and the new NFU policy will help them achieve the right to sell raw milk directly to consumers.” McAfee’s Organic Pastures Dairy is the largest producer of raw milk in the U.S.A.

McAfee was chosen by the California Dairy Campaign (CDC) as a delegate to the NFU conference. The falling profitability of conventional dairies is a chief concern of the 200 dairyman who are members of the CDC.

The NFU delegates also urged an end to the ban on the interstate distribution of raw milk. The Campaign for Real Milk, a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), works for wider consumer access to raw milk because of its nutritional and therapeutic advantages. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which promotes farm direct sales, also seeks to overturn the interstate transportation ban.

During their deliberations, convention delegates heard the science regarding unprocessed (raw) milk, university studies, consumer reports and testimonials; they discussed the success of the emerging raw milk market and the health benefits of unprocessed dairy products. Delegates from across the US voted on these policies, giving the green light for raw milk to take a place at the national table of farmer policies. See the entire 2013 NFU policy guide:

http://nfu.org/images/stories/policy/FINAL%202013%20policy.pdf

Established in 1902, the NFU is the one of the oldest national farmer organizations and employs a team of state and national lobbyists to encourage pro-farm legislation and policy.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a Washington, DC-based nutrition education 501(c)(3) with the mission of disseminating science-based information on diet and health. Named after Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, WAPF publishes a quarterly journal for its 15,000+ members, supports 572 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. Contact at (202) 363-4394, westonaprice.org, info@westonaprice.org.

To interview Mark McAfee call 559-846-9732   Press Contact: Kimberly Hartke at 703-860-2711

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”