Real Milk is Real Food

Real milk’s popularity is spreading, and with good reason. The Western industrialized food mentality, its golden arches infesting the modern world, hasn’t done anyone any health favors.

Countries that have lost their worthy traditions of cultural foods, passed down through the generations, are now realizing they had it right in the beginning. From Genesis 18:8 – “He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them.“ (Gen 18:8) – to Exodus 3:17 “land flowing with milk and honey” milk is a gift, a blessing from the Lord, part of an incredible “inheritance“ (Le 20:24).

One of the rationales the industrialized food industry has used, in spreading their pollutants of chemicals and toxins throughout the world, is that 3rd world societies will benefit from what they have to offer.

Huge agricultural corporations like Land O’Lakes would like to pat themselves on the back, sharing their marketing savvy, with “Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers” working with producers to use more modern intensive production methods for fruits and vegetables to increase production.” But reality is their non-organic farming methods destroys cropland and hurts the environment.

A study done by the University of Michigan proposes that a global shift to organic agriculture would yield at least 2,641 kilocalories per person per day, just under the world’s current production of 2,786, and as many as 4,381 kilocalories per person per day”, researchers reported. “These models suggest that organic agriculture has the potential to secure a global food supply, just as conventional agriculture today, but with reduced environmental impacts,” Scialabba said in a paper presented to the conference.

Those opposing organic methods often cite population explosions as substantiating evidence that industrialized food production is the only acceptable method. But the statistics point in another direction – that many industrialized food countries are unable to maintain current populations with changes in cultures, religions, role of women, and diet all playing a role.

While we may think our life of convenient fast-foods and quick-fix meals is heaven compared to the toil and uncertainty of our ancestors food sources, the reality is that our food choices are extremely limited. We eat only a tiny percentage of the food varieties that exist in the world. TIME produced an online slide show entitled, What the World Eats (thanks, Suzanne!) and it doesn’t take long to see that while the language on the red and white soda cans changes, the diet of the entire world is uncomfortably homogenous, far too heavily dependent on United States corn and soy production.

Michael Pollan writes that corn is wreaking havoc on everything from public health to foreign policy.

Throughout history, human beings have used thousands of plant species for food, many of which have also been domesticated. Today only 150 plant species are cultivated, 12 of which provide approximately 75 percent of our food and four of which produce over half of the food we eat. This involution has increased the vulnerability of agriculture and impoverished the human diet. As a result, many local crops that have traditionally been important for feeding the poorest sectors of society are nowadays underutilized or neglected“. http://www/fao/org

And what does any of this have to do with milk? Plenty. We need to reclaim our right to real, unadulterated, organic, locally-produced food of an abundant, variety. And the easiest way to begin to take back control of what we put in our bodies is to begin with milk.

Milk is the most widely available food on a local basis. And the supply and availability of milk that is from grass-fed cows and goats is increasing in abundance. What has to change are the laws in over 50% of the United States which banish real milk – non-pasteurized – to an “illegal” status on the level of contraband and illicit drugs. And that’s just plain wrong.

Join in the campaign to protect our right to real food, beginning with real milk by visting the Real Milk website

-Sharon Ericson © 2007

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