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Wisconsin raw milk policy working group report (from March 2011)

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Wisconsin working group on standards for sale of raw milk is making progress

By Ron Johnson, from Ag Weekly:


“A set of standards that could apply to Wisconsin dairy farmers wanting to legally sell unpasteurized milk is one step closer.

The state’s “raw milk policy working group” held its eighth meeting in Madison last week. The 22-member task force spent seven hours sifting through its 70-page “working draft” of preliminary recommendations. Much of the time, the task progressed line by line and word by word.

In the end, the group is trying to reach two goals. First, it is to “consider whether there are legal, regulatory means that might allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized, fluid, raw milk directly to consumers,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Continue reading

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Raw milk breakthrough in Michigan

A process of meetings and dialog involving raw milk advocates and regulators, such as Michael Schmidt has long asked for in Ontario, is beginning to yield fruit in Michigan. Here’s part of what David E. Gumpert, of the Complete Patient blog reports about recent exciting developments in that process:

“Did you ever think you’d see this statement endorsed by dairy regulators?

“Milk fresh from the cow is a complete, living, functional food…the full benefits…are only realized when all of these components function as a complex interdependent and balanced process.”

Or how about this:

“Of all the milk constituents, the milk fat globule is the most drastically altered by the combination of pasteurization and homogenization.”

After endless reassurances from scientists and other officials in public health, agriculture, medicine, and government that there’s no difference between pasteurized and unpasteurized milk, we are now being told something entirely different by an organization that includes top dairy regulators and an agriculture university dean (along with a number of raw milk proponents). The organization is the Michigan Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk Workgroup, which includes among its members the two top dairy officials of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and a dean of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture. Continue reading

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