Grey Day Dairy

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Our Comments on the FDA’s Raw Milk Opinion

Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits.
FDA
AGREE

Well, they’re not lying to you. The question is can your body uptake that nutrition when the milk has been pasteurized? The answer is largely no, especially for calcium. If the calcium in milk and milk products in the USA was readily available, why is there so much osteoporosis? And kidney stones? Almost all of those are made up of calcium deposits. Where does that calcium come from?
But the most grievous error in this sentence is the word “milk”. In our opinion, the FDA is taking a great deal of liberty in calling the effluent that comes from the modern industrial dairy which is homogenized and pasteurized, “milk”. To us, milk comes from the cow. Nothing more, nothing less.
…the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, older adults, pregnant women, and children.
FDA
AGREE

Most of the milk produced in the world is dirty, and should be pasteurized. Of course, if the milk is produced in a dirty way, there can be harmful bacteria present. But if it is produced cleanly, then this is precisely the population which most needs the nutrition offered freely in unpasteurized milk. The FDA fails to recognize there is a clean form of raw milk.
Research shows no meaningful difference in the nutritional values of pasteurized and unpasteurized milk.
FDA
AGREE

If you’re starting with the same milk… how could there be much difference. If you started with a highly nutritious milk to begin with, you’d find much nutritional loss due to pasteurization. See below for more on this.
Pasteurizing milk DOES NOT cause lactose intolerance and allergic reactions. Both raw milk and pasteurized milk can cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to milk proteins.
FDA
AGREE, sort of

This is sometimes true. But it is also true that many people find that while they are unable to drink pasteurized milk, raw milk does not upset their stomach. Who’s right? Perhaps both can be true.
Raw milk DOES NOT kill dangerous pathogens by itself.
FDA
DON’T KNOW

There would have to be some tremendous convincing with scientific data to form an opinion on this, but the natural tendency would be to AGREE with this statement.
Pasteurization DOES NOT reduce milk's nutritional value.
FDA
DISAGREE

By law, all pasteurized milk sold in the U.S. must have vitamin A and D added. Why? Because they are heat sensitive vitamins and if they were present in the milk before pasteurizing, they will have been destroyed. There are other vitamins and minerals which are heat and light sensitive. Many of the B vitamins are very sensitive to light. Milk is a living substance and as such, is fragile. So this statement by the FDA is actually false - and they know it. However, if you are starting with milk which is bereft of much nutrition, then, of course, pasteurization will have little effect on it’s nutritional value.
Pasteurization DOES NOT mean that it is safe to leave milk out of the refrigerator for extended time, particularly after it has been opened.
John Appleseed
AGREE

This is one of the most interesting parts of the FDA’s selective opinion. It is totally safe to leave raw milk out of the refrigerator. In fact, it’s the traditional way to make cottage cheese and kefir, among other things.
Pasteurization DOES kill harmful bacteria.
FDA
AGREE

It also kills beneficial bacteria.
Pasteurization DOES save lives.
FDA
AGREE

So does raw milk. There is the story of a certain Mr. Gordon, who was scheduled for heart surgery. He decided to see a traditional naturopathic doctor who recommended he drink raw cream by the quart. Mr. Gordon followed this advice and never went to his scheduled surgery - and his heart condition went away. So we can clearly say that raw milk saves lives, too.
If you are pregnant, consuming raw milk - or foods made from raw milk… can harm your baby even if you don't feel sick.
FDA
AGREE

Anything can make you sick. I guess we live in a culture of fear - so there’s really nothing more to say about this.
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This is more funny than anything… The FDA has chosen a photo of Hereford cattle for their raw milk page. Now, I may be wrong, but to the best of my knowledge, Hereford are only used for beef. I have never seen anyone use one for human drinking milk. This is not to say it’s not possible - I’ve just never seen it.

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