Oct 30 2011

The Irish drinking real milk is Sunbonnet Smart.

I enjoy receiving the newsletter from W. C. Douglass, M.D. called “Daily Dose.” As you might expect, it arrives daily in my e-mail box and it always has something of interest. This morning, I was intrigued by a lead article called Ireland Readies Raw Milk Ban. Here it is so you can see what you think about it:

New rules will turn milk lovers into outlaws
by W.C. Douglass, M.D.

Ireland’s famous fresh dairy products are about to go sour: After years of allowing unregulated raw milk sales, the government is getting ready to cut it all off practically overnight.

The total ban on raw milk sales might even be taking effect as you read this.

What’s amazing here isn’t just the 180-degree turn on raw milk from complete freedom to a complete ban — it’s the fact that Ireland is actually living, breathing PROOF that raw milk is safe and healthy.

Since the last ban was lifted in 2006, the Irish have turned to farm-fresh milk with the gusto they normally reserve for Guinness. One farmer told the Irish Times this summer that he went from selling no raw milk at all to 400 liters a week in no time flat.

Yet despite the growing raw milk consumption, there have been no major outbreaks of illness or disease.

And that’s not just the luck o’ the Irish at work — it’s because responsibly produced raw milk is not the risky cocktail you’ve been led to believe. In fact, bans like this one aren’t about safety at all — and they never are.

All countries with raw milk restrictions and bans — including the United States — have one thing in common, and it’s not healthier people: It’s a powerful dairy industry. Pasteurization is the hammer that industry uses to nail down control of everyone’s milk money.

Without pasteurization laws, farmers can sell direct to consumers and earn a good living. With those laws in place, however, most farmers have no choice but to sell their milk to Big Dairy operations for pennies on the dollar.

Farmers aren’t the only ones getting the shaft here — consumers also lose big, because pasteurization kills everything in milk worth having: powerful natural probiotics and healthy dairy proteins as well as key vitamins and minerals.

Those nutrients make raw milk an immune-boosting tonic that can beat allergies and asthma, fight illness and disease, and even cure autism in children.

To my Irish readers — and everyone else who has to fight for the right to drink raw milk — don’t let the authorities push you around. Get your raw milk however you can.

Irish shamrocks and fresh raw milk grow at
Your Family Cow in Chambersburg, PA

As Dr. Douglass indicates in his article above, there are restrictions against of selling unpasteurized, non-homogenized milk in the United States. This is true. Some states freely allow raw milk sales, while others totally ban the sale, while the states in between restrict the sale in some way. Sale of raw milk went relatively unnoticed for years.  As the public has realized the health benefits of drinking real milk, however, the commercialized high throughput product has suffered in sales and profit. Now, in some states, raw milk drinkers have to fight for the right to choose their milk product. And so, we are working hard for the freedom to choose just like they are fighting in Ireland now.

The milking barn at Your Family Cow, Chambersburg, PA.

In Ireland, there are many united groups of raw milk drinkers, just as there are here in the United States. The Irish groups’ missions mirror our own groups when they say, The Irish government intends to ban the sale of raw milk before the end of 2011. We want the right to choose and are calling for the government to introduce fair regulations rather than an outright ban…We believe that everyone has a right to drink one of Irelands best products; milk – in its pure unadulterated creamy and delicious form – raw milk. The choice is the key point here… Informed consumers should have the right to decide for themselves what they eat and drink.”

If you are interested in the Irish groups joining together to promote the drinking of healthy raw milk, then click on this link.  There are some remarkable discussions on the sale of raw milk planned for November 1, 2011 in the United States as well. To see an update on mothers bringing in raw milk from Pennsylvania and drinking in front of the FDA in Silver Spring, Maryland, click on this: “Will Tuesday’s ‘milk and cookies’ rally at the FDA be the ‘Woodstock’ of the Food Rights Movement?”

Ireland has world renown dairy products, many of which are
used to cook in this book. If you have an interest in
previewing The New Irish Table, hover your mouse over this link:

The New Irish Table: 70 Contemporary Recipes



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Oct 01 2011

Visiting Your Family Cow connects us with the Shank family.
They work hard to provide our family with pure nutrient food.

One of our favorite stops on our trips to Pennsylvania is Your Family Cow Eco-farm owned and operated by Edwin and Dawn Shank and their energetic family. We love the high fat milk from their Jersey cows, the nicely stocked farm store and the attractive milking barn and home. The Shanks are generational farmers and their farm know how shows everywhere you look. The clean, welcoming barn and the nicely tended cows and calves attest to the love with which the Shanks mind their herd.

The Your Family Cow farm store is inviting and offers a wide
selection of organic foods. We enjoy grass fed beef, free
range chickens and their eggs in addition to ham and sausage.

When we drive up early in the morning, we know our breakfast will be soon be selected straight from Your Family Cow milk, cheese and bakery coolers. Often, we buy a gallon of “raw” or real milk, as I prefer to say, and some of Dawn’s fresh made baked goods, usually including her world famous pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. There are always many tempting products for sale, all local to the area if not directly harvested from the Shank’s own acreage.

Dawn Shank, her fresh baked pies and baked goods
are well known to our family and friends.

This last visit, we were delighted to find fresh peach pies in the cheese cooler on the baked goods shelf. The pies vary in size as some are very small 3-4 inches, maybe, and the others are full size pies. We buy the smaller ones to eat on the road with everyone getting their own mini-pie…they are SO CUTE! And, then we buy full size pies to give out to friends and neighbors at home.

Your Family Cow grass fed beef sticks in Hot, Sweet or
Pepper flavors are a welcomed, tasty substitute for the
unhealthy chemical additives found in other beef snacks.

The treats are varied in selection, but consistently high in quality. The Shanks are devoted proponents of the Weston A. Price Foundation way of life, so the food offered for sale is nutrient dense and organic, both in content and preparation. If you also enjoy an organic lifestyle, you’ll know it’s true organic food is slightly more expensive, but that you eat less of it, because there are more nutrients in each bite. Considering living with increased health, fewer medical bills and heightened productivity, organic food is a bargain.

Real Milk is allowed to be sold in Pennsylvania stores. Grass
pastured cows and clean milking conditions produce clean,
nutritious “LIVE” milk unlike factory farms with cramped,
dirty cows whose dirty milk needs to be pasteurized.

The stars of Your Family Cow show, however, are the beautiful Jersey cows themselves, mothers of the milk produced by Your Family Cow. Jersey cows are known for their milk having a high cream content. They have the loveliest coats…or is that hides?…and their charming faces are endearing. Their large dark eyes have long eyelashes, so long , they look like the lashes on animals in the cartoons.  Whenever we visit, the cows make good use of their eyelashes, batting them up and down as they watch us from the fields and milking barn.

“Clover, don’t you think more people would drink the
milk their great grandparents grew up on if they
read about how nutritious it is?”

“Yes, Violet, I do.  They should read Nourishing Traditions
  by Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
It’s a book we sell right here at Your Family Cow!”

When it comes to feeding your mind and body, what you see is what you get. At Your Family Cow in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, there’s plenty to see and even more to take home and enjoy!

 

This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

 

Nourishing Traditions will tell you:

1.Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
2. Why butter is a health food
3. How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
4. How saturated fats protect the heart
5. How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
6. Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
7. About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
8. Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.

To preview Nourishing Traditions, hover your mouse over this link:

 

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats



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Sep 17 2011

Amish and Mennonite farms present their
fall finery in tempting displays.

It’s always a shock when I wake up and realize summer’s over. It hit me today when I saw the first changing leaves. Tips of color on an otherwise summer-green tree. Sigh. It is so hard to say goodbye. I use to wait to say goodbye until I finally had to quit wearing flip-flops, but now I don’t wear flip-flops in summer and so, the move to autumn is less defined. Now I have to count on the trees to show me that time is passing. And, in that case, there is no denying the transition. It’s not subjective or based on personal preference anymore. I can’t push the envelope. When tree leaves are turning red and orange, the time to move into fall has come.

The very first bits of fall color are noticeable

on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our drive to Pennsylvania was trying therefore, at  least it was after I noticed the tree with the color. But, putting that to the back of my mind, I had a really great time otherwise. We go to Pennsylvania to save money on food and get the best value for our money.  We buy directly from farmers to get the best food at the lowest price and it is a pleasure that enhances this time of year when winter is coming and the air is just starting to get chilled.

A fall palette of chrysanthemums waits for adoptive gardens.

After we were introduced to the teachings of Weston A. Price in 2007, we started driving to Pennsylvania to get milk, dairy products and organically grown fruits and vegetables off the farms. All of the products were so much better than we could buy at the store and we established personal relationships with the farm families. We quickly learned eating from growers we knew was comforting, because we knew exactly how our food was grown.

It always amazes me how people will fuss about having just the right designer label on their clothing, but stop for fast food to save money. Isn’t what we put into our bodies much more important than what we put on them? Food can build your body up or tear your body down. Learn to choose good, nutrient dense food for you and your family. You’ll find that, in addition to being nutritive, organic food is like medicine. It can restore and heal.

“Larksong” is the name of the organic dairy farm

in Ohio’s Holmes County owned and worked by David

and Elsie Kline with members of their family.

If you have an interest in the organic way of life, consider reviewing this lovely book illustrating the richness of living and eating organically by hovering over the link below:

Letters from Larksong: An Amish Naturalist Explores His Organic Farm

One reader review on Amazon comments:

“One key to sustainable farming, Kline says, is to “romance our children into farming,” and the key to that is to make it both profitable and fun. The Klines have managed that balancing act for generations. It requires deep knowledge of the land. So, for example, they plan their haying to allow bobolinks and vesper sparrows time to build nests, lay eggs, and raise families in the field. “Our goal is to see flying young bobolinks while we’re mowing the field,” Kline reports. They’ve seen as many as 45 singing bobolink males in twelve-acres.”

This is a beautiful book.



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Sep 07 2010

Please show me another manufacturing process where
the ease and low cost of production have been more
important than the QUALITY
of the product produced.

It’s true. I can’t think of one manufactured item where the quality of the product is never evaluated in conversation. Only with the foods we eat, especially unpasteurized, non-homogenized real milk, do people say, “Organic food costs too much” or “Grass fed milk is so expensive” without mentioning the taste, nutritive quality and comparative health benefits of the organic food vs. conventional food.

You will never hear someone say, “Well, my new car conked out this morning and I couldn’t get to work, but that’s OK, the production line in Kentucky saved thousands of dollars and made far more cars using those methods, so I didn’t mind walking and catching a bus the rest of the way.”

No, you would never hear that. But, everyday, I am with people who are coughing and sneezing, itching, and complaining about their quality of life, never once considering their health is not going to be any better than what they eat, drink and breathe.

People spend more time evaluating the new car they are going to purchase, than they do the foods and beverages they unthinkingly place in their mouths for consumption. If they stopped to evaluate the nutritional content of foods and the toxicity of the pesticide, chemical laden foods they are eating, they would reassess their priorities. They would think twice about being so cavalier with their bodies and futures, and more importantly the bodies and futures of their children.

If you don’t carry anything else away from the Sunbonnet Smart web site, please believe that non-organic foods are bad for you and that only free range animals raised in a natural habitat and fed species specific foods are good for you.

Look at the advertising postcard above. It was mailed to a farmer in Pennsylvania in 1959. This card advertises GLF Feed (Grange League Federation) which would be some sort of grain. Grain is not a species specific food for cows. Cows don’t naturally eat grain. They eat grass. A cow will eat grain, even though it is not good for her because she is hungry, especially if that is all she has. I can understand that. I would do it myself if I were a cow, no hard feelings. Big tummies need to be filled.

But nowhere on the card can you read about how the milk tastes or how good it is for humans to consume. The product evaluation is not addressed. Very strange when you think of it. The information is all about production, how much you can get the cow to produce, how much and how fast, but no information about the QUALITY of the product.

Let me provide the above writing in BIG TYPE for those with reading glasses like mine:

 

“The queen of living Holsteins and ALL-TIME ALL-BREED LIFETIME PRODUCTION CHAMPION. The folks on the Clark Bowen farm at Wellsboro, PA, call her “Old Nit.” By mid-summer she had produced 293,273 lbs. of milk and 10,538 lbs. of fat on G.L.F. Super Feeds with corn silage and mow-cured hay.”

“The same feeding program that made a champion goes for the entire herd as well. G.L.F. Super Feeds have helped Clark Bowen lead the state of Pennsylvania in average herd production for seven of the last eight years.”

“Your local G.L.F. Service Agency can provide you with the same high quality formulas – a full line to fit your special need, by the bag or money saving bulk. Call your G.L.F. man today…for more milk and a better cow left.”

Well, a least there is some regard for Old Nit shown in the last line. She’s, as they say, the cash cow, but there is not much regard shown for us, the people drinking the milk as a result of all this production.

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