PASTEURIZATION KILLS MORE THAN PATHOGENS—AND DOESN’T DO THAT VERY WELL
Pasteurization was not invented to save lives but to extend shelf life. Pasteurization will kill most (but not all) pathogens in milk and is necessary for cows kept in confinement and fed an inappropriate diet based on grains. But cows on pasture do not have pathogens in their milk—the Crown knows this very well after testing Michael Schmidt’s milk for almost 20 years; ten years of testing in California have failed to detect a single human pathogen in Organic Pastures Dairy’s raw grass-fed milk.
Furthermore, raw milk contains numerous anti-microbial components that kill pathogens should contamination occur during handling and bottling; this is not the case for pasteurized milk as the heat treatment destroys these components, leaving a perfect medium for bacterial growth. It is very difficult to detect pathogens in raw milk, but pathogens in pasteurized milk have sickened tens of thousands over the years, and recently caused the death of three people in the state of Massachusetts.
The so-called “milk problem” of the 1800s, during which many infants died in crowded inner cities, was solved by improved sewage systems, chlorination of water, the replacement of the horse with the car and the advent of refrigeration. The problem was solved long before the implementation of mandatory pasteurization. The problems of TB and brucellosis were solved by measures that improved herd health and eliminated infected animals, not by pasteurization.
Consumers are opting for raw milk because, compared to pasteurized milk, it is easier to digest, less likely to cause allergies or intolerance, strengthens the immune system, provides much more efficient assimilation of the nutrients, reduces infections and asthma in young and old, builds stronger bones and teeth, and improves the behavior of children. These benefits are amply documented in the published scientific literature.
Sally Fallon is the President and Founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), a leading nutrition education non-profit. Their HYPERLINK “http://realmilk.com”Campaign for Real Milk is largely responsible for a resurgence of consumer demand for grass-based dairy farm products in North America and around the globe. WAPF has 400 chapters and 10,500 members worldwide. There are 16 WAPF chapters in Canada; four of them are in Ontario.