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Pioneer Annie Knows Our Milk

April 25, 2013

UddersAs I was reading about mastitis on Homesteading Roots (by pioneerannie), I was struck by the sheer contrast between the way in which they (Annie and husband) take care of their animals, and the many documentaries on factory farming that show sick and suffering animals.

Having read and blogged on pasteurized milk before, I was intrigued to learn about the necessity of cleanliness to prevent ‘udder problems’. I have seen many documentaries on ‘udder abuse’, so I felt alarm in learning that the abuse will find a way into our own stomachs. The more as I have a story on pus and poison in milk waiting to be edited for re-publishing on this blog. A similar article has already been published at Engineered Ignorance. (I might just want to reblog it.)

Pioneer Annie had an even better story. And, I got permission to turn her comments into an article. Of course, this is not to take away from her own story on her blog. I am no farmer, so I leave it to farmers to explain what I cannot possibly know looking in from the outside. I am only a researcher, interested in understanding the body and what to feed it. In that capacity I will follow up on this thread as time permits.

Fellow WordPress correspondence [emphasis added]:

Emma Bay says:
Nice lecture! I like how you take care of your animals. Your post also reaffirms why it is important not to drink milk from cow milking factories. If the animals get treated badly, then the result cannot be healthy. They do not even care that pus and dirt (and the antibiotics) get into the ‘milk’. Could it be that they also do something to the milk to ‘whiten’ it?

pioneerannie says:
The white milk you find in the store is [white] because the cows in commercial dairy farms are generally fed silage. This is a mixture of forage, grain and mainly corn. Because this stuff is dry and chopped up to resemble saw dust, it lacks organic B and D vitamins. These vitamins are what give pastured cows an off white or yellow milk. These vitamins are found in the cream – and when you look at non homogenized milk, you will notice the liquid (casein) is white, but the cream is extremely yellow. With Holsteins (mainly used for commercial purposes) they lack a high butter fat content. And so when their milk is then homogenized it appears mainly white. This silage is also what contributes to a flavorless or very mild taste to your commercial milk. If you drink pastured milk you can almost taste the grass!

Regarding the “health” of your commercial milk. I hate saying that the farmer doesn’t care. If he wants to keep his farm and income as it is now, then he has to farm the way industry dictates. It’s too much of a risk for them to try to cut cattle in half to pasture them but still pay for each license to supply each buyer at the price the milk is sold for with our current living inflation. Unfortunately, because of this, animals are forced to live inside cramped and dirty buildings, and because there are so many of them, it is hard to monitor their health the way you could if you had a small [herd]. Because of this, the commercial dairies are then [allowed] a certain percentage of somatic cells (pus) present in their milk before they get a penalty.

Sick animals, when found are usually treated and their milk is dumped. However, when it comes to cleaning the udders, cows that are milked by robotic facilities or semi-robotic are usually not washed off, and so dirt/feces too can be present. This kind of [contamination] is very dangerous compared to your own dairy cow, because the animals fed the corn rich silage have higher [E. coli] present in their feces caused by CORN. Corn is fed because it’s cheap and you can grow a lot of it in a smaller area. This is why they pasteurize. But this is done by the large companies and not the farmer.

The joke is, the pateurization milk isn’t for the protection of the public, it’s for the protection of the various levels of the commercialized [industries’] wallets! Raw milk cuts out the middle man and there for you would see it reflected in the price of milk: cheaper milk. Little farms can’t play the rich man’s game, but if we could sell our products [ourselves], we would be a force to be reckoned with!

Emma Bay says:
It is even worse than I thought! You have explained it well, so I will turn your comment into a post and add some links. I am sure that many people are interested in this toxic ‘milk’ that they put in their bodies. Most may continue to not care, but they will get the (health care) bill in the end.

And yes, farmers are under attack. And have been for a long time. It is time for mass support for farmers, and not supermarkets and MonSanto poison. Without organic farming we do not get healthy food. Only GMO food – void of nutrients. As you have also pointed out.

pioneerannie says:
It’s a sad world when food has been monopolized. At least now we are seeing a mass conscious awareness of this issue. People are getting tired of being sick, and spending their money on fibrous tissues full of water and chemicals we call “food”. We are pushing for a change, and we need perseverance, sacrifice and most of all EDUCATION. That is the best weapon we have against these megalomaniacs.

If those of us who can occasionally afford to fund the small farmers with sustainable farming practices, then we are creating a market that is tangible for those who are in poverty. I think it was Joe Salatin who said, and I’m paraphrasing, “that each time you buy groceries, you VOTE” that is something to keep in mind when shopping.

Emma Bay says:
April 24, 2013 at 4:57 am
Agreed. They want our money, so we use our money to vote. Educate ourselves so we know what to vote on! We have a right to know where our food comes from, and whether it is natural or gentech. To locate farmers’ markets, and talk to the people who take care of our food.


One Comment
  1. Article has been updated. 🙂

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