At one point I chose to drink skim milk, because I thought it would keep me slim. Then I learned that full cream milk is actually best for you, so switched to buying silvertop (full-cream, pasteurised but not homogenised) for a while.
However, I couldn't get that in organic, and the chunk of cream sealing the top got annoying so I started buying Zoorganic's blue-top milk (pasteurised and homogenised).
What I really wanted though was full-cream, organic, unpasteurised milk, but that's impossible to buy in the supermarket, or any shop for that matter. Did you realise that raw milk is more tightly controlled than any other food? Liz from Eight Acres has written an interesting post about why that might be.
Legalities of buying raw milk
In New Zealand we are legally allowed to buy up to 5 litres of unpasteurised milk directly from the farm gate as long as we intend to consume it ourselves or provide it to our families. The farmers selling this milk must harvest it according to a risk management programme that has been approved for this purpose under the Animal Products Act.
There are no restrictions on how much milk a farmer can consume from their own herd.
Which is how I came to own a herd share in a local, organic, A2, Jersey dairy farm.
|Looks like any old bottle of milk, but this one hasn't been pasteurised or homogenised.|
One nice thing about my farm is that calves get to stay with their mothers for 12 weeks. Having helped out on calving once in my job at LIC, I know how horrible it is for dams and calves to be parted after just a few hours. (It made me tear up to hear them mooing for each other!)
|Feeding newborn calves during my time at LIC.|
- According to Nourishing Traditions and the research of Weston A. Price, raw milk is healthier. In fact, milk is amazingly healthy in its natural state. Unlike pasteurised milk, raw milk still has all its vitamin, enzyme and probiotic qualities intact. And unlike homogenised milk, the structure of raw milk's proteins and fats haven't been changed to a state our bodies can't recognise as food. Check out this campaign for real milk to find out more.
- It's creamy and delicious.
- I'll be able to make my own cheese products with it.
But is it safe?
- Raw milk contains lactic acid, which kills off unhealthy bugs in the milk - read more about raw milk safety here.
- The farmers looking after my herd share regularly test their milk for listeria. So far no sign of it.
- The farmers collecting my milk do so in a hygienic manner that prevents dirt and bugs entering the milk.
- There is a world of difference between the milk I'm drinking, which comes from healthy, organic, pasture-fed cows, and the milk of cows housed in confinement and fed an unnatural diet of grains.
|Lily enjoying a raw milk fluffy.|