“One of the most incisive scientific assessments on all that European research on raw milk of the last few years has just appeared, of all places, on a web site backed by the conventional dairy industry and academe.
In a footnoted article by an experienced science writer, a newsletter put out by the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) has concluded that the European research on raw milk in recent years did, indeed, come up with significant findings strongly suggesting health benefits for children from raw milk. The IMGC is a joint operation between the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), which is a non-profit backed by California’s conventional dairies and processors, and the University of California Davis (UCD), which includes among its faculty and staff long-time opponents of raw milk.
The IMGC’s article points out the well-known risks associated with raw milk, but comes to two basic conclusions apart from the risks:
1. Raw milk is likely nutritionally superior to conventional milk. “The data suggest that raw milk can cause both trouble and advantage to a human body…To be sure, heating milk to 72°C for 15 seconds reduces the odds of a bad belly, but does it also destroy complex proteins and other components that could bolster human health? Apparently so.”
2. More study of raw milk’s benefits is essential. The article concludes that “there is strong evidence that (raw milk) benefits young children, but almost no information of substance about adults. To answer the question fully, the world needs studies testing whether large numbers of grown-ups suffering from asthma, hay fever, and similar medical problems see their allergies dampen down after drinking raw milk for a prolonged period. Until that day, the question is still open.”
The article’s author, Anna Petherick, is an editor with Nature, one of the foremost scientific journals in the world. Her assessment in the Consortium newsletter makes a serious effort at being well balanced, and I strongly suggest readers here study it….”