When health and business journalist David E. Gumpert, author of the newly released Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights decided to look beyond the official FDA statement on raw milk and pasteurization, he encountered farmers and producers of nutritional supplements who told a very different story.
“Raw milk is produced a lot differently than conventional milk. I mean, now you just look at these cows here. They are so clean compared to what you’re going to find with cows standing in a feedlot, standing in manure all day.
“Milk is really our first processed food, which is pretty important to keep in mind, because when you heat milk, even for a short time, you kill not only pathogens, but you kill off certain enzymes and certain, what we now know to be beneficial bacteria. So you are changing the composition of the milk.
“We also know, after many years of consuming highly processed foods, is that we have skyrocketing rates of obesity, we have skyrocketing rates of asthma, serious problems with diabetes. It’s a, almost what a lot of people refer to now as “a dead liquid.” It’s . . . the only resemblance to milk is that it’s white.”