Swing Shift Farms

Benefits of Raw Milk

While the issue of raw milk consumption is driven to extremes by passion on both sides of the argument, and while outlandish claims of both the dangers and the benefits of raw milk abound, I believe the truth, as with all truth, lies somewhere in between the two extremes.

Aside from the most obvious danger of commercial pasteurized milk, which are the hormones and antibiotics that you consume along with the milk, there are other reasons why so many today are choosing raw milk. Raw milk is a natural food with the enzymes and live bacteria that are critical to our digestion, and to our overall health. It is a natural food that has fed families for thousands of years, and it has fed all of our five children since they were nursed on raw goat milk as infants, when their mother was unable to produce enough mother's milk.

Of course, I don't deny that to drink raw milk produced from a modern commercial diary would most likely be disastrous. Modern agribusiness has violated sound principals of husbandry on many levels, and at many turns, as they have circumnavigated natural means and natural checks and balances in their pursuit of profit. This has necessitated invasive and extreme interventions in order to artificially, and I believe only temporarily, sustain an unsustainable system. Many of our modern "fixes" are substantial contributors to disease; disease that I believe is only beginning to wreak its havoc on our bodies and on our ecosystem. So, while pasteurization is necessitated by commercial dairy practices, I do not believe that to be the case with more natural, careful, and traditional diary practices - the practices that have fed families for millennia, and the practices that are used by many small-scale raw milk dairies today.

However, you as a consumer need to sift through the propaganda on both sides, and educate yourself on the benefits and the potential dangers of raw milk. In the end, it comes down to trust. Who will you choose to trust as a source for the foods that nourish you and your family?
- Mark Frost

Here are some of the sources for information in favor of raw milk:
Weston A. Price Foundation
Eat Wild
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.

In 2004 the owners of cow shares at Guidestone Farm submitted to the board of health a paper that detailed the reasons why they were exercising their rights to raw milk. It details the science and rationale. You can read the report in PDF format. with Adobe Reader.

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny."
-Thomas Jefferson