It has been a busy week. Turning 60 years old. Trying to turn back the tide of corporate take over of our food supply. Continuing the battle against this un-ending winter.
I have had a couple of ideas for posts rattling around in my brain pan for awhile. One is concerning the populist ideal of frugal comfort for everyone. I really like that concept and think it deserves more time than I am able to give it right now so I will instead talk about real milk for a minute.
I bought this milk in JANUARY and according to the large stamp at the top of the package it would have been no longer fit to drink as of tomorrow. Of course the milk itself is long gone. It was a stop gap that I bought because I could not get to my raw milk supplier that particular week. Can’t remember why. Snow, maybe?
Anyhow my point is that this is not the real, live, uber-nourishing food that milk is supposed to be. It is a vague facsimile created to meet the needs of an over industrialized food system. Pasteurization was adopted by the dairy industry in an effort to disguise the bad conditions under which milk was being produced in the late 1800’s. Milk cows were kept in what were known as confinement dairies. These sprang up next to distilleries as a way to dispose of their waste grains. A physician who was very concerned with this practice (Dr. Coit) is quoted as having said “They can’t hide bad practices with processing.” The dairy industry subsequently pushed for pasteurization as a cure all because they serendipitously discovered that it increased shelf life and therefore they could ship it further and sell more. Especially in urban areas.
So be careful of the motives of folks who are trying to convince you that real milk (sometimes called raw milk) is dangerous and bad for you and will lead to the downfall of western civilization as we know it.