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Pasture Bites

Musings and News from Our Sustainable Livestock Farm

Volume I.  Issue 8

Dear REAL Milk Fan  ,
If you haven’t been a part of the REAL Milk action yet, well, we hope to change that soon!  We are hearing from fans from all over Indiana who are looking forward to a REAL Milk experience without having to drive very far to get a piece of the action.  Making this possible via a Delivery Service is a significant undertaking and one we look forward to doing well.  If you provide us your assistance by completing the Delivery Service Questionnaire, we will be better able to evaluate how we can economically serve you REAL Milk brought to you by Pasture Delights!
A Delivery Service could take Pasture’s Delights to a whole new level, bringing local, organic, grass-fed and all-natural food from farm to fork all over Indiana!  Our customer testimonials (below) indicate that REAL people are already enjoying and growing healthy on REAL milk! 
Talking about REAL Milk delivery can generate a lot of excitement.  We feel, though, that it is best that you realize that it will take a lot of work, planning, and mutual commitment to develop the BEST delivery service for you. 
Farmer Mark’s Action Items for developing the Delivery Service(s):
1.  Ascertain what kind of service REAL Milk fans want and how much it is worth to them.  If feedback is good, we’ll move on to step 2.
2.  Refine business plan detailing startup and growth stages, necessary equipment investment, operating costs, breakeven and financial analysis.  If what customers are willing to pay is able to cover costs, we’ll move on to step 3.
3.  Determine qualified talent to execute the plan and manage the Delivery Service.  When we have team members who can make this work, we’ll move on to step 4.
4.  Conduct regional meetings around the state with REAL Milk fans interested in supporting a Delivery Service.  They will meet the team and discuss the game plan.  Request $30 herd-share down-payment commitments.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  If we have the prerequisite number of herd-share commitments, we’ll move on to step 5.
5.  Request start-up funding from REAL Milk supporters to pay for equipment and cover start-up costs.  This will give us the traction we need to make it possible to deliver REAL milk in keeping with the highest quality standards, so that the quality of milk brought to your location will be just as high as it is at the farm.  Once we have customers, help, and equipment, then we’re ready!
6.  We will play smart, play with heart, and we’ll deliver the kind of results REAL Milk fans love.  YOU the customer will be able to enjoy your REAL Milk from your cow boarded conveniently at our farm in the country, without leaving the city or maybe even the comfort of your home!

Our questionnaire is located at the end of this Pasture Bites newsletter.  In order for our business plan and service to fit your needs, we need to hear from you!
REAL Milk Testimonial
Even though you’ve only known us for a couple months, here’s a success story to encourage you! My dad (herd-share owner Roger Tew) went in for his cholesterol check last week- this was basically his last chance before he got put on meds. We got him started in March and he had this test taken last week. This is an excerpt from his email to us….

“The results are in and the winner is………………….me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   The numbers: total cholesterol – last test 169 – this test 154. hdl- the good chol – last test 37,  this test 46.  That is a real improvement.  ldl-the bad chol last test 101 this test 93.  That is real good too!!   I saved the best for the last!!! Triglycerides  last test 153  this test 74!!    I got this info from the nurse and she said that the doc said to stay on that low Cholesterol diet!!!!!!!!!!!!    I can’t wait to see him and tell him that my low cholesterol diet includes real butter, an egg everyday with sausage and coconut oil!!!  And beside that I am drinking raw milk!!  So I celebrated tonight with a bowl of sliced peaches with homemade yogurt poured over them and topped off with cheerios!! Yumm!!    I get another blood test in 6 months.    So my hat is off to Jennifer for putting the seed thoughts in my mind with her research and to Daniel with all of his research and info about what fat is and the real facts about cholesterol.  You were all so encouraging this summer while I experimented with the foods that I ate,  the results are so much better than I expected.” – (Roger Tew’s words)

So thanks for providing us with good, real milk! We love it!
Jessica Manduka” (herd-share owner from Warsaw)

There is a lot of medical advice from doctors eschewing dairy products because of their heart attack inducing causes, namely high cholesterol.  I agree with their assessment with respect to corn-fed, confinement raised dairy cows producing milk which is normally processed.  It is the corn in most cows’ diets that causes an increase in bad cholesterol in dairy products.  Scientific literature suggests that milk from grass-fed cows fed no corn has the correct cholesterol levels conducive to superb human health.  Check out this article from
Take care of your heart! Eat whole milk dairy products from our grass-fed cows.

For decades, we’ve been told that eating full-fat dairy products increases the risk of heart attack. Now, a study from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that the more full-fat dairy products people consume, the lower their risk of heart attack—provided the cows were grass-fed.  

The reason grass-fed milk is protective is that it has up to five times more conjugated linoleic acid or CLA. CLA is a healthy fat found in the meat and milk of grazing animals. People who eat grass-fed dairy products absorb the CLA and store it in their tissues. In this new study of over 3,500 people, those with the highest levels of CLA in their tissues had a fifty percent lower risk of heart attack than those with the lowest levels. Keeping Bossy on grass could prevent more heart attacks than putting people on expensive pharmaceutical drugs with all their troubling side effects. 

Smit, Liesbeth A, Ana Baylin, and Hannia Campos. 2010. Conjugated linoleic acid in adipose tissue and risk of myocardial infarction. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Published ahead of print, May 12, 2010.
Gift Certificates!
This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, give the gift of quality food while putting the “sustain” in your sustainable Indiana farm!  Gift certificates can be redeemed on all products sold in the farm store or applied to purchase of herd-share or to boarding fees.  You may pick up the gift certificates either from the Pasture’s Delights farm store or you may order gift certificates by indicating number of gift certificates, dollar amount each, and remit along with payment to Pasture’s Delights; 4579 N. Salem Rd; Decatur, IN 46733. 
Pasture Delights Chicken
On October 2nd we processed 260 pasture-raised chickens.  We are sold out of chickens until next season.  Yes, we should have raised more chickens!  Stay tuned to future Pasture Bites for 2011 processing dates and early order discounts.  I want to extend a special thank-you to all our chicken lovers!  You helped get our first season off to a successful start and we look forward to serving you more delightfully pasture-raised chicken for many years to come.
Too Rushed to Defrost Meat?….Canned grass-fed beef may the answer.
Our grass-fed, Angus beef is convenient great by itself or for beef stews, fajitas, beef and noodles, casseroles and BBQ beef sandwiches… the list goes on!  All your cancer-fighting CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids)  and mind-enhancing Omega 3 fatty acids are preserved in a handy form for when the electricity goes out… and also for those last-minute dinners on busy nights (no defrosting required!)  What a convenient and economical way to serve your family nourishing food on the go… Goodbye, preservative-filled take-out meals!
Prices per can:
14 oz. can–$4.00
27 oz. can–$7.50
Prices per case:
24 cans (27 oz.)–$171.00 [You save $9.00]
That’s over 40 pounds of canned, grass-fed beef at a great price!
Delivery Service Questionnaire
Click on this link to access and complete survey:
Want to get in on the discussion for planning the Pasture’s Delights Delivery Service?  Go to the Pasture’s Delights Facebook discussion page and share your thoughts and ideas!  search: Pasture’s Delights, click on Discussions tab. 

 Wishing you wellness and happiness,

Mark Grieshop
Pasture’s Delights
Decatur, Indiana

Ellen Rice
Newsletter Editor and Survey Developer

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September Pasture Bites

Pasture BitesMusings and News from Our Sustainable Livestock Farm

Volume I.  Issue 7

Dear Supporters of REAL food,

How are you doing?  Are you enjoying the fall weather yet?  It seems with the early arrival of fall-like weather we may have a lot of nice days to enjoy before the snowflakes start falling. 

An early spring and good summer rains allowed us to harvest a plentiful supply of hay for winter feed.  This is a great thing because the rain faucet turned off in August.  As pasture growth comes to a grinding halt our cows get to munch on nutritious organic hay to supplement their diet.

While we do a fine job of keeping the cows fed, we have a lot of work to do in getting our REAL food to YOU!  As we said last year, we do have full intentions of building a delivery service that will make our products more conveniently available to you.  I understand that practical accessibility is a reasonable “must” for most people who wish to include REAL Milk in their healthy diet.  Currently I am recruiting several consultant advisors and look forward to coming up with a plan that addresses a litany of logistical considerations along with a cost analysis for undergoing this endeavor.  This much I can say:  the cost to drive to a destination is relatively the same whether we are dropping off 10 gallons of milk or 1,000 gallons of milk.  Distribution and delivery is costly, but not near as costly as several people spending the time and gas to drive to our farm every week or two to pick up milk plus the cost of people forgoing REAL milk due to practical availability.  Basically, the more people who partake in the REAL Milk drop-off point delivery service, the better for everyone involved.  Please stay tuned for more information in forthcoming newsletters about Delivery Service development. 

Keeping with the theme of power in numbers, your congressman and senators need to hear from EACH of you!  Our representatives are entertaining “feel good” legislation intended to protect people from unsafe food, but this in fact exacerbates the very problems they are trying to prevent, not to mention infringing upon our core American freedom values.  Please take a moment to educate yourself on the proposed Food Safety Bills, their unintended consequences, and how they will affect you.  If you feel this legislation is bad for you and your fellow Americans, then take action and let your representatives know! 

Win Pasture’s Delights Products: Join Our New Logo Contest

Pasture’s Delights announces a Logo Contest!   We wish to turn to our herd share owners and customers for your ideas.  The person who designs the winning logo (i.e., the logo we will use) will receive $200 of Pasture’s Delights products (canned beef, herd shares, pre-ordered chickens, etc.)  The 2nd place and 3rd place contestants will win $100 and $50 in products respectively.  If we choose to take ideas from multiple logos we will divide the winnings between the designers of the different logo themes we use. For more information please contact Mark Grieshop

Too Rushed to Defrost Meat?….Canned Pastured Beef for Sale!

Have you ever tried Pasture’s Delights canned beef? Our grass-fed, Black Angus beef is great for beef stews, fajitas, beef and noodles, casseroles and BBQ beef sandwiches… the list goes on!  All your cancer-fighting CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids)  and mind-enhancing Omega 3 fatty acids are preserved in a handy form for when the electricity goes out… and also for those last-minute dinners on busy nights (no defrosting required!) What a convenient and economical way to serve your family nourishing food on the go… Goodbye, preservative-filled take-out meals!

Prices per can:

14 oz. can–$4.00

27 oz. can–$7.50

Prices per case:

24 cans (27 oz.)–$171.00 [You save $9.00!]

That’s over 40 pounds of canned, grass-fed beef at a great price!

p.s. Our cans and cases of Canned Beef make great gifts!

Pastured Dairy Cow Profile: Meet our Founding Cow Hef  We would like you to get to know your herd better, and what a better way to start than to introduce Hef, one of our first cows and one of our best!  On August 24, 2009, after making the four-hour journey from a farm near Columbus, Indiana, a cow named Hef walked off the trailer onto her new farm home, to make history as one of the founding cows of Pastures’ Delights REAL milk dairy.

Hef tells Farmer Mark how much she likes eating fresh alfalfa and red clover!

Hef is not only a beauty; she is everything we desire in a superior dairy cow.  What Farmer Mark likes most of all about Hef is that she rarely misbehaves.  While some cows like to push a person’s buttons by going places they are not supposed to, Hef just seems to mind her own business and not cause any problems.  She is so very smart!  If Hollywood ever needs a cow for a movie, Hef could fulfill that role and win an Oscar! 

Though different dairy breeds have their pros and cons, we chose the Ayrshire for what we believe to be a very balanced ideal cow for Pasture’s Delights. 

  • First of all, we chose Ayrshires for the people who consume REAL Milk.  The milk from an Ayrshire cow is the most digestible milk of any cow breed.  The fatty acid particles and proteins are of a consistently small size allowing for easier digestion. 
  • We also chose Ayrshires for future enterprise possibilities such as making REAL cheese. The milk from Ayrshire cows makes a superior cheese compared to cheeses made with milk from other breeds. 
  • Finally, Ayrshires are the perfect pasture cow.  Ayrshires like to eat green grass and are darn good at it!  Asking a cow to produce a good supply of milk just from grass requires a special breed.  Most breed genetics are not “tough” enough to withstand the rigors of grass-only diets and still produce a plentiful supply of milk.  Just like the momma cows, Ayrshire calves are very tough.  We feel blessed to have our Ayrshires. 

Pastured Chickens On-Farm Processing —Saturday October 2nd!

This is a reminder to those who have pre-ordered chickens for October 2nd.  Please come between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to our farm to pick up your Pasture’s Delights pastured chickens!  Our chickens are tender and flavorful, and they make great soup stock as well!

Our chickens are humanely processed on-farm while factory farm chickens are often processed using cruel and unsanitary methods.

Gift certificates coming soon!

This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, give the gift of quality food while putting the “sustain” in your sustainable Indiana farm!  Stay tuned for further announcements about Pasture’s Delights gift certificates! 

Pasture’s Delights Looking for Several Good Advisors

Before we get started developing the plans for the REAL Milk delivery service I feel it is important to have a team of people experienced in the distribution arena who are willing and able to provide their guidance and judgment to help put together a plan that will work successfully.

If you …

  • Have interest in assisting Pasture’s Delights develop a quality Delivery Service and 2-3 hrs a week to commit to the planning project and
  • Have experience in distribution and delivery transportation system logistics, with a background in associated business finances being a big plus

Please send an email introducing yourself and attach a short narrative describing your experience along with an example of your “talent” as it relates to the Distribution and Delivery Service, to Mark Grieshop

URGENT Food Freedom Action Item: Tell Your Senators to Oppose S. 510!

As we continue to grow, we at Pasture’s Delights are aware that real threats are casting a cloud over the future of REAL milk and local farming.  As we have mentioned before, we are primarily involved in bringing you quality products.  We need you the share-holder and customer to advocate for your rights.  When appropriate, we will provide you with Food Freedom Action Items to make it easy to make a difference!

Food safety bills prompted by Big Agribusiness and its failures to supply quality food are impacting YOUR freedom to make responsible (response-able) food choices!  REAL milk and foods produced by small farms are prime targets of this bill.  Read on for details: 

S. 510, the so-called “Food Safety Modernization Act,” is inspired by outbreaks such as the salmonella in factory-farmed eggs from Iowa.  But because of special interests, it is going to reward the same big food industry players who caused the crisis…. while crushing local and community producers of HEALTHY FOOD with massive rules and regulations!

·         S. 510 will drive up the cost of food and your cost of living by adding layers of bureaucracy to food production;

·         While OUR purchasing power goes down as S. 510 drives up food costs during these already-tough times, Section 401 of S. 510 authorizes nearly $1 billion to grow the FDA’s reach and calls for the hiring of 4,000 new federal employees in fiscal year 2010 alone! 

·         Instead of using “credible evidence” of food safety violations, the new law will substitute a broad criterion of “reasonable probability,” meaning that farmers can be charged with food safety violations, and invaded, quarantined, or shut down, without proof!  In the case of REAL milk, a few unsanitary farms can be used as examples of “reasonable probability” to shut down responsible operations like Pasture’s Delights, which tests rigorously and frequently to insure your milk is safe to drink!

·         The present safety criterion of “presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals” will be changed to “is adulterated or misbranded.”  Wow!  This means that harmless foods that are categorized as “adulterated” or “misbranded” will be considered “unsafe” even if they present no threat of health consequence to humans or animals!  Will safe, nutritious raw milk be defined by an FDA bureaucrat as “adulterated” or “misbranded”?

.         S. 510 grants blanket authority for federal agencies to harmonize ALL American food production and processes with the globalist—and fairly criticized– Codex of international guidelines and standards.  A worldwide Codex will only serve to lower food standards to a minimum “least common denominator” beneath which quality will not sink.  It will not encourage excellence but standardization.       Big Agriculture and Big Government are targeting the very same food producers who are providing diversity and wholesome and healing foods!

·      The end result will be that a SMALL number of BIG companies will have control over the food supply in the United States—and if we are subsumed into the global food Codex, the global food supply could be unjustly controlled by a handful of small elites who will, if history is any predictor of future behavior, could very well mete out or withhold food in order to consolidate power.  (“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” as the saying goes.)           

Food freedom is not a matter of party politics.  It is a matter of deciding that we have the right to make our most basic decisions for ourselves!

 Click here to contact your senators today to tell them to oppose S.510!

Wishing you freedom, wellness and happiness,

Mark Grieshop


Pasture’s Delights

P.S.  Special thanks to photographer Jim Grieshop, Ellen Rice and Jamie Pike for their assistance in developing this issue of Pasture Bites!

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Special Edition Newsletter: Patriots Defend Their Food Freedoms

Pasture Bites
Musings and News from Our Sustainable Livestock Farm

Volume I. Issue 6

Hello fellow freedom loving Americans,

It’s been a while since you last received a Pasture Bites newsletter, but like the Gulf oil spill we’re still here and will be for quite a while!  Normally May and June are most farms’ busiest period for production related activities and that qualifies for us too, with hay making and managing the pastures with the cattle.  In addition, we have been task-saturated with responsibilities involving the continuation of startup activities of both the REAL milk herd-share dairy and pasture-raised poultry.

Dairy cows making milk on pasture with beef in the background.

Even though the plate is spilling over with farm related activities this time of year, I feel it is important to provide you an update and also provide some remarks about some information I took home from the International Raw Milk Symposium which I attended in April.

Herd-Shares available
Yes, we still have herd-shares available for your raw milk needs. Please see our website for more information and contacting us.

As I venture on in the REAL milk enterprise I am learning a whole new level of respect for tried-and-true dairy farmers. The hours they put in, dealing with the continuous curve balls thrown by Mother Nature in trying to farm, managing all business aspects including HR, marketing and finances, all the intricacies that go into having healthy livestock and producing quality, safe food is daunting to say the least. If a farmer is to be successful he or she has to learn in a hurry how to handle poor weather circumstances, equipment breakdowns, and financial challenges, things I am sure many of you can relate to also. As you may know or can imagine, this is more than enough to fill one’s plate. Yours truly readily accepts these challenges without pause, but what causes me consternation is the added burden in dealing with the politics of our own government infringing on “Proud-to-be-Americans’” freedom to obtain and consume foods of their choosing to nourish their own bodies.

Food Politics and Raw Milk

On April 10 I attended the International Raw Milk Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. Coincidentally this event came on the heels of a campylobacter outbreak getting over 40 people sick allegedly due to raw milk from a northern Indiana dairy farm. It is a terrible thing that these people did get sick from campylobacter, no matter where it came from. Subsequent testing of milk samples tested negative for campylobacter from the farm. So who knows what really happened. All I do know is that the media coverage of the incident was quite effective in scaring people who were considering raw milk away from it, and in intimidating people who make it available to consumers. It is no secret to those in our government who monitor the raw milk industry; any new raw milk business is almost non-existent around here. The FDA got an “A” for results scored due to their unscrupulous media campaign disparaging against raw milk.

During incidents involving raw milk, media editorials hardly ever report resources as to what may have gone wrong, make no remarks on how to improve raw milk safety, and just simply advocate pasteurization of milk to be “safe”. This would be akin to plane crash investigators not looking into what went wrong and simply saying, “Flying is dangerous, better take a car”. Of course this is nonsense, but is exactly the reality of what raw milk advocates have to deal with.
I personally am not obstinate in believing that raw milk cannot and does not get people sick. Trust me, we take the consequences, both good and bad, of the milk we produce very seriously, and manage all aspects of production to minimize potential risks to the best of our practical ability. It is however my judgment, through both first-hand personal experience with dairy farming and human health, and connecting the many political dots (corruption) with respect to our food, that the picture before us is not a raw-milk “health” issue, but rather a disgusting, insidious un-American conquest of the liberties endowed upon us by our Creator.

Elsewhere the campaign against raw milk is reaching new lows to include illegal search and seizure, harassment and FBI raids on raw milk activities – this at time when there are more important issues for our government to be focusing on, say, illegal immigration?

We too must remember it is not our whole government that wishes to put the kibosh on raw milk consumption but rather, certain, albeit powerfully connected, individuals hiding under the veil of our government who are utilizing our resources and agencies to achieve their devious agenda. There are still many people who work in our state and federal governments who at a minimum believe in Americans should have the freedom to choose what they eat. Even many people at the FDA stand with us on this vital American principle. It is my hope that these many freedom-loving people who serve our great country have the ability to recognize and patriotic courage to stand up and root out the few unprincipled individuals attempting to force us down a dreadful path that will ultimately bring this great experiment to a horrifying end.

Just as certain people have an agenda to stamp out the REAL milk industry, raw milk producers have an agenda to keep it going. Hey, I call a spade a spade, whether it benefits me or not. Not only is this about “health”, the “war” being fought in the media and on the internet is also about the money trail for the established dairy industry, FDA interests, and even small-scale raw milk producers like Pasture’s Delights. In this war I have observed that it is mostly the anti-raw milk groups that are using sleazy tactics in an attempt to achieve their un-American agenda. Read on to get a little taste of their tactics. The beautiful thing that makes this country so great is this: if we adhere to the wisdom and ideals of this country’s Founding Fathers, in a truly free, capitalistic, and just society where responsible Americans have the ability to make real choices, the same spotlight will cause corruption to shrivel up and the truth to flourish.

1940’s Outbreak in “Crossroads, USA”: The Lie that Started It All

Raw Milk wasn’t always viewed as “inherently dangerous”, and in fact was recommended to people and used for different cures at the renowned Mayo Clinic. A 1926 study in Boston recommended “larger use” of raw milk for babies. Research in 1928 found “less favorable calcium balances” among people drinking pasteurized milk vs. raw milk. Such research continued into the early 1940’s with researchers predicting new developments would further bolster the case for raw milk. But the trail stopped there.
It stopped largely because of a 1945 article in Coronet magazine reporting that raw milk had led to dozens of deaths from undulant fever in the town of Crossroads, USA. The article was revised for Readers Digest the following year, to “sell” the public on pasteurization. Both the disease outbreak and the town itself were fictional. The whole campaign started with a lie and it’s been generally nothing but lies since. This is not about Raw Milk. It is about controlling the food supply. There is more potential to make money from transporting, processing, manipulating the market, and redistributing the milk back to people than if consumers were to obtain their milk directly from a farmer.

Spreading fear about raw milk is the successful strategy being employed by the FDA to slow and eventually stop the spread of raw milk consumption. Those who seek to ban raw milk deliberately do everything to distort actual issues considering raw milk and to use the media to report their claims.

One has a greater chance of injury driving to pick up raw milk than from drinking raw milk itself. Let’s look at relatively risky behavior…. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 2000, 76 million people became ill with a food borne illness, 241 attributed to raw milk. From 1998-2008, for raw milk there were 1,614 reported illnesses, 187 hospitalizations, 2 deaths. 1 out of 20,000 who consumes raw milk may get sick. Unpasteurized milk is not even on the FDA’s top 10 list of most risky foods, yet why all the disproportionate attention on raw milk?

During recent widespread illness in an area where raw milk was suspected to be a culprit, afflicted individuals admitted to the hospitals were questioned as to whether they drank raw milk. Medical personnel tested only those who had consumed raw milk. All others were given Cipro and sent home without further investigation. By omitting cases of illness by those who had not consumed raw milk, officials inappropriately created a statistical association of illness with raw milk.

Blocked Scientific Study, Twisted Stats, and Propaganda

The role of science, or rather the lack of it, is often used to make another point in the propaganda campaign against raw milk. The anti-raw milk people make statements to the effect that “there is little science that supports claims of raw milk benefits”. That line is so full of holes where does one start? First there IS scientific literature that cites benefits of raw milk, it’s just that it is not American science. In a study at the Basel University of over 14,000 children, 30% of those who consumed raw milk had less asthma and 40% had less hay fever because of raw milk. With respect to conducting and using sound American research to settle our differences of opinion, there are two major conundrums (hurdles), which, together, practically make it impossible to conduct the research needed to establish its reputation for safety.
• Funding: First, who is going to pay for the research? Universities are not going to do research on raw milk because their money comes from Monsanto and the “Got Milk” pasteurized milk industry. Even if raw milk farmers did have the resources to fund the research themselves, university researchers have said “for the right amount of money, we can prove/disprove anything with our research”. Therefore recognizing the disproportionate amount of money certain interests have to keep the lid on raw milk, getting honest raw milk science in the United States could be difficult.
• Review requirements: The other conundrum is that all studies involving people must pass muster with a “human use board”– a committee of people that determines what research studies are ethical to conduct using people. Since raw milk is deemed a “hazardous” substance, that presents a dead end to conducting research on people to confirm or refute claims of actual human benefits derived from raw milk.

Meanwhile the testimonials from people proclaiming benefits of raw milk are met with skepticism from our agency regulator “protectors” and a “roll of the eyes” from university personnel because it is merely anecdotal. Why can we not use anecdotal evidence, especially given the limitations on ever receiving any “official” evidence? Or is it that we must conduct a double-blind placebo study on everything, including that children are normally walking by age 1, something which we have known, by observation, for years?

The FDA statistics understate how many people in this country consume raw milk and this further bolsters their manipulative, influential propaganda. They do not count conventional farmers who drink milk from their own bulk tank and the many people who own their own family cows.

The FDA says also there is no difference in nutritional value between raw milk and processed milk. They are careful in how they choose their words, as they are technically correct in that there is no difference in quantitative value, but they do fail to mention the difference in nutritional effects – or the real value of raw milk. Vitamins and minerals in raw milk are generally much more bio-available and able to be used by a person’s body, whereas vitamins and minerals in pasteurized milk are inert and much less available to the body.

Lastly, with what little real science there is available on raw milk, those who wish to ban raw milk cherry-pick what they use. Dr. Ted Beals, a M.D., Pathologist and Retired National Director of Pathology & Laboratory Services, Dept. of Veterans Affairs and researcher and faculty member of the University of Michigan, said that he does not dispute the science in most cases but rather the interpretation. “For example, just because someone with the last name of ‘Axe’ is a serial killer does not make all ‘Axes’ serial killers. The same goes for bacteria. Just because a milk sample tests positive for listeria does not mean it is infectious. Only certain sub-types of a bacteria are really harmful. Bacteria are everywhere. The world we have to enjoy is absolutely dependent on bacteria. Bad bacteria are incredibly rare. If raw milk had been hazardous to individuals in communities that consume it, then drinking raw milk would have disappeared centuries ago!” said Dr. Beals.

Not All Raw Milk is Equal: Which Type is Safe?

Government health officials cite there is no evidence whatsoever to support that raw milk cures any illnesses. Then given the obvious awareness of many Americans who do believe that raw milk is beneficial and can cure illness, why isn’t the government conducting tests on raw milk? And not just any raw milk, I mean milk produced by a conscientious farmer, which comes from very healthy cows living on food grown on healthy soil.

There are two types of raw milk:

• Industrial grade: This type, largely produced by industrial dairy farms, is destined for pasteurization. Between 10%-30% of the bulk tank samples tested are contaminated with campylobacter, salmonella, E. Coli 0151:H7, or listeria.
• Consumption grade: This type of milk is produced with heightened standards of hygiene and is higher quality milk from healthy cows. It is rarely ever contaminated with pathogens and is safe for direct human consumption. With pasteurization there is relatively little responsibility for the milk, as compared to the responsibility required to provide milk in the raw form that is safe for human consumption.

It’s not random that quality raw milk can be safe. European studies indicate virtually no milk contamination at grass-fed dairies where raw milk is intended for direct human consumption. 65,000 people a week in California consume raw milk. Claravale Dairy of California has operated 83 years without there ever being a pathogen discovered in their raw milk. People have drunk milk from their mothers and from different species around the world for thousands of years. When it is done right there have been few problems.

Not just any dairy farmer can produce raw milk for the public. There has to be more focus on cow nutrition for health vs. production, and higher standards for the cow’s environment and for equipment cleanliness. There is liability. A farmer doesn’t want to risk losing their farm, their customers or their reputation. With raw milk there is an inherent responsibility factor brought back to the farmer.

Is Pasteurization Really the Cure?

The FDA proclaims that pasteurization is THE answer that has made milk safe for people to consume. Not so fast….Looking at the statistics for milk illness one can observe a steady decline in milk illness from 1910 – 1950. The main reason for this decline in milk illnesses is due to cows escaping their original plight of being kept in unsanitary inner city confinement dairies, where they ate junk food such as distillers’ grain, and being moved to rural pasture fields along with the advent of refrigeration and better sanitation standards. The FDA’s assertion that pasteurization is what “cured” milk of its problems years ago is mostly bogus. There was very little change in the illness rate pre and post arrival of widespread pasteurization around 1947.

It is interesting that raw milk is tagged as being “inherently dangerous”, and pasteurized milk is touted as virtually guaranteed as safe to drink. Since the media does a poor job of reporting the “whole story” here’s a reminder of some recent outbreaks from pasteurized milk. In 2007 three people died from drinking pasteurized milk in Massachusetts. In 2000, 93 cases of Salmonella were linked to pasteurized milk in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A 2005 campylobacter jejuni outbreak in Colorado resulted in 200 cases of illness. In 2006 pasteurized milk was linked to gastrointestinal illness in 1,314 people in California.

What if the FAA was in charge of food safety?

California raw milk dairy farmer and founder of Organic Pastures Mark McAfee had this to say:

If the FAA was in charge of the American food chain…nearly all food would be grounded. It would be September 11th 2001 for fake food in America. There are the equivalent of at least seven Boeing 747 aircraft crashing everyday from the depressed immune systems and diseases being brought on by the highly processed, GMO created, cloned, antibiotic abused, preservative filled, artificially colored, fake sugar, fake fat, grain fed, pasteurized, dead, sterilized, homogenized, standardized, stabilized, oxidized, irradiated things that are sold as food in most Americas stores. To read more of his enlightening keynote speech visit the link here:

The FDA vs. Our Way of Life: “Americans do not have a fundamental right to obtain food of their own choosing”

Most of you, I am sure, are no longer blind to the corruption rampant in our government’s politics including the politics of food. In fact you are probably aware that in May the FDA officially stated in black and white, in response to a lawsuit regarding raw milk freedom, that Americans “do not have a fundamental right to obtain and consume food of their own choosing?” Excuse me? What country do we live in? I cannot believe an agency of our government– a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”– is telling you and me what we can and cannot eat, while our armed forces are on foreign soils “defending our freedoms”. Last I heard there were no foreigners infringing on our freedoms as to what we Americans can and cannot eat. Seems to me that some people who work for us in our government have forgotten the ideals of what it means to be “Proud to be American”. The FDA has shown that they truly think we cannot decide what to eat or drink without their permission. It’s amazing. One would think that we could not have possibly lived prior to the formation of the FDA just over one hundred years ago. It is absurd that people cannot be allowed to make choices about their food and health!

It is interesting to observe too many people proclaim to be “proud to be American”, but fail in their responsibility to uphold the very principles of freedom and free markets that made this country so great. It is a wonderful thing we still have the freedom to choose the color of the car we drive and how big or small a house we live in. I personally walk the talk with respect to our American ideals, even when it inconveniences me or I have no interest in the matter. Although I think smoking cigarettes is bad, I do not oppose a person’s right to smoke them. Similarly, I am not opposed to a person having the freedom to drink pasteurized milk. If they want to drink something that is dead and causes issues such allergies, heart disease, and osteoporosis, then they should have that right, and responsibility.

Food safety legislation sold to people under the guise of “protecting public health” will continue the erosion of personal freedom and responsibility. Dietary information will be restricted as only a certified dietician will be able to give dietary advice. That on the surface may seem “well meaning”, but the insidious corruption in the details is the fact that registered dieticians are not allowed to give certain advice, such as what could be labeled as “alternative”, and definitely cannot say things like “do not drink soda pop”, or “try raw milk”– statements deemed inflammatory to corporate interests with strong financial ties to organizations such as the American Dietetic Association. The sponsors of this legislation just so happen to be Coke, Pepsi, and several drug companies. This protectionist legislation intended to protect health dilutes our freedoms, interferes with the free market, and is hardly anything we Americans should be proud of.

Most European governments do not have a political agenda with respect to food, as we do here in the United States. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has demonstrated his lack of support for raw milk freedoms, grew up on raw milk in his native country of Austria. Most Europeans still have uninhibited access to raw milk. In fact, just as Americans dispense high-fructose sodas out of vending machines, Europeans can get raw milk out of vending machines! Austria has vending machines. Switzerland has them. France and Slovenia have them. Italy alone has over 1,300 raw milk vending machines! Citizens of Europe would not accept the situation we have here in the United States with our food being politically controlled.

Raw milk producer Michael Schmidt of Canada was born in Germany and earned a Masters degree in Agriculture. He moved to Canada in 1983 where he has been leading the crusade for raw milk freedom for the past 16 years. This modern day Thomas Jefferson describes what this whole raw milk controversy is about:

Let’s open by acknowledging some sobering developments in agriculture and the food industry. I say “food industry” because those words describe quite well the nature of our current struggle.

Food is looked upon as a commodity by regulators and industry. Those who control food (Monsanto) control the people, control countries, control the world – all without the huge expense of a paid army. Food is the most important element in determining whether you enjoy health or suffer from disease. Food affects your spiritual well-being. Food influences your mental ability and can even make you crazy. Food can turn you into a liability for society. Food can turn you into a non-thinking member of society. Food can turn you into the perfect slave in a society where free-thinkers and moral consciousness could be inherently dangerous for those run this country and world.

We are at war and to those who don’t get that – we are at war over food rights. To some this may seem like a silly thing but to others there is a growing concern.

We have a new form of dictatorship. A dictatorship established with our consent. A dictatorship of regulations and laws intended to limit our individual liberties.

To be silent means consenting. To be silent means accepting the consequences of our consent. To be silent makes a mockery of those who fought on our behalf for freedom and justice. And to remain silent cannot be an option for you, for me, and for all of us.

We need to look at the historical significance of our struggle. Making comparisons between our struggle and those of the past such as the civil rights movement draws criticism from some. However going back through history today’s government and players behind the scenes have learned in fact much better than us how to use their power, and how to create the illusion of democracy. They clearly understand how to paralyze our will, our will to resist. They do understand how to create fear in our hearts. They do know that we do not present at the current time a real danger.

We need to ask ourselves why this is true. Most of us have been around during the evolution of materialism. Let’s be honest, everything comes down to money, assets, and personal security. We have developed a fake sense of comfort which offsets often the courage to question human rights abuses or the courage to question the steady increase of infringement on individual liberties. We really need to ask “does our comfort and material security weaken our willingness to maintain and protect individual liberties for the sake of all?”

Does our current state of mind prevent us from seeing that in fact in the near future we are facing an even greater danger than all the other past struggles for freedom and justice?
Many have no ability to resist out of fear of the current bureaucratic and soulless control structure. Many have less ability to think and be critical because of the lifeless food we eat. Many have no chance to be healthy because of our weakened bodies. We are in fact for the government an unlimited natural resource if you are sick because Big Brother can milk us to death.

This opens the door to a very scary scenario where soon the majority of people in any given society will be easier to be managed. That’s why those who are in power have learned much better how to control us than we have learned. “Give them bread and games” was the successful motto of the Roman Empire, which after all imploded as history taught us. Today we have all the food we can think of. We have all the entertainment we can imagine and most people are content as long as they are financially secure and physically safe.

I can tell you it is much easier to fight when you have nothing to lose. It is easier to fight when you are hungry and it is easier to fight when all you want is dignity and respect.

We have consented in silence to a food culture which will destroy years of evolution. We have consented to a society of government dependency beyond imagination.

Need I remind you, we are the ones that gave up our rights. We just need to get them back. We have consented to the loss of liberty for the sake of convenience (i.e. FDA “food safety” protection). Laws are passed with our knowledge that should raise millions of voices in protest. Laws have been debated and passed which only grant us certain freedoms instead of protecting our freedoms. Laws have been passed ignoring and ridiculing the Constitution and most of the people are consenting in silence. Our land, our food and lives are the most powerful tools we have to shape the future of our country.

Dear friends, what we are facing will not be less important than the human rights movement. What we are facing will not be less important than the Civil War and the battle to end slavery.

Be it Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and be it thousands of unnamed heroes of the past, let’s be inspired by them. Let’s have the same resolve and courage. Let’s look at the future as a responsibility we have chosen freely. Let’s be prepared to suffer. Let’s be prepared to die. Unless we are truly willing to take a stand for our children, our grandchildren, and all the generations to come we will make a mockery of those who had a dream of a just and caring society.

We are in the forefront not by default. We are in the forefront to defend the most important element of our society – the health and sanity of our body, our soul and our society. – Michael Schmidt, address delivered in Madison, Wisconsin, April 10, 2010.

In January 2010 the United States Supreme Court granted complete personhood rights to corporations. Corporations used to be limited in the amount of money they could donate to political election campaigns. Being given personhood a corporation can now donate as much as it wishes, so in effect what used to be elections are now political auctions. Corporate campaign funds can buy media to brainwash and spread fear and smear potentially good candidates. How can we effectively fight that?

Food and pharmacy are the largest industries in the world. Nowhere in the world are corporations as powerful and influential as they are here in the United States. Working hand in hand – bad food… sick people, trips to the drug store, socialist programs to pay for the drugs ….control. You get the picture.

We need to stop this ugly scenario from playing out any further. But like I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, my plate is already spilling over with activities related to producing healthy food for you and me. The food rights war affects all of us and we need to all work together in addressing it prudently. Consumers cannot simply enjoy the “high life” at home consuming nutritious raw milk and other healthy foods and do nothing to ensure the future availability of those products. Understandably many parents are very busy taking the kids to soccer games, dance recitals and other types of extra-curricular activities important to children’s development. Please remember though, one of the most loving things you can do for your child is demonstrate your patriotism by helping protect their freedoms, especially the freedom of food choice. An appropriate amount of resources should be allocated to doing just that. Commit time. Discuss this with your family. Spread the word and forward this newsletter. Communicate with our government and agency officials. Write your local paper. Commit funds to defending our liberty. Contribute your talents and skills. Love and Pray.

I’m raising the flag to warn you, there will be immense forthcoming federal and state pressure to interrupt your ability to obtain raw milk. It is perhaps prudent to view the controversy surrounding raw milk as the “canary in the mineshaft” with respect to many American freedoms. If we do not sacrifice at this moment to protect the freedom of uninhibited access to foods of our choosing we are going to lose much more in due time. Time to prepare for battle is now, not when we see the enemy running towards us.

Encourage each other to take personal responsibility and seek a variety of sources for information instead of relying on what we are told to believe through the television and newspaper. The more people who start doing this, the more informed we will be and the more collective courage we will have in taking the proper path towards sustainable prosperity for us and future generations.

Wishing you liberty and wellness,

Mark Grieshop
Pasture’s Delights
Decatur, Indiana

Ellen Rice

Curious cows coming over to meet their new neighbors with feathers.

Links of Interest

Farmers to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Pasture’s Delights

Raw Milk Facts

Eat Wild

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