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The Raw Milk Gamble

June 6, 2011
 
 

 With some consumers willing to pay up to $10 per gallon for raw milk straight out of the bulk tank, the temptation to sell it to them can be overpowering for dairy producers.

 
Before you do, however, consider the financial liability. Most producers, if they’ve even thought about, assume their farm liability insurance will provide protection should a customer become ill and sue for damages.
 
Not true, says Ted Radintz, Animal Health Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. General farm liability insurance will not cover a claim from a farm’s customer who has filed a lawsuit over a product purchased at the farm.
 
Even farm product liability insurance, a specific rider designed to offer coverage of products sold directly off the farm, typically won’t cover raw milk, says Radintz. “One insurance underwriter told me the premium required to cover raw milk isn’t worth the risk,” he says.
 
And, if your insurance company discovers a producer is selling raw milk, the company can deny coverage, cancel the policy or will not renew it, he says.
 
Lenders might also step in. While a lender cannot discriminate against a producer for the product he or she decides to sell, the lender can require the producer to have insurance to protect the lender’s secured position.
 
“As a result of all this, a raw milk producer is only one unfortunate event away from losing the farm and personal property,” says Radintz.  
 
 

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ridethethunder - Richfield, UT
There's a really good book titled "The Raw Truth About Milk". My son hauled feed to the dairies for many years. I'd hear scary stories on a regualr basis. No more store-bought pasteurized milk for us. We bought a cow and produce our own. When the cow is dry we will regularly drive 7 hours round trip every week to buy the raw from a certified CLEAN dairy. This we have been doing for decades and have yet to get sick on the raw. Our latest addition to the family a 15 month old grandson is doing great on the RAW.

When you push the agenda for the big milk cartels it's like smacking a hornets' nest. Leave the small raw milk producers alone.
5:50 PM Jun 10th
 
ridethethunder - Richfield, UT
There's a really good book titled "The Raw Truth About Milk". My son hauled feed to the dairies for many years. I'd hear scary stories on a regualr basis. No more store-bought pasteurized milk for us. We bought a cow and produce our own. When the cow is dry we will regularly drive 7 hours round trip every week to buy the raw from a certified CLEAN dairy. This we have been doing for decades and have yet to get sick on the raw. Our latest addition to the family a 15 month old grandson is doing great on the RAW.

When you push the agenda for the big milk cartels it's like smacking a hornets' nest. Leave the small raw milk producers alone.
5:49 PM Jun 10th
 
- COON VALLEY, WI
Woried about getting sick from drinking milk?
You should be. Have a look at USDA directive from Milk Safty Branch ( HFS-626 ) titled " Tolerance and/or Safe levels of Animal Drug Residues in Milk." Nobody has died from drinking raw milk in 50 years. People die every day in the US---including children---from adverse reactions to the massive tonnage of antibiotices in our supermarket food.
12:05 PM Jun 7th
 
- COON VALLEY, WI
Test
11:55 AM Jun 7th
 
bachcole - Colorado Springs
If I have .001% chance of getting sick with raw milk and a 99.999% chance of my health being benefited, or a 100% chance of getting negatively impacted by pasteurized milk with a 0% chance of getting some dread disease, which one am I going to choose? But, this is all contingent upon the cows being pasture feed and treated with kindness. Otherwise, if the cows are confinement raised, then their raw milk is poop, and you should be pasteurizing the milk.
11:52 AM Jun 7th
 
Organic Farmer
Fact: All milk is NOT created equally. CAFO producers would be well advised to heed the authors warnings and not sell raw milk as the product they produce laced with rBST, antibiotics and God knows what else might just really kill someone.
Fact: Pasteurization destroys nutritional components of milk.
Fact: Pasteurized milk has no guarantee of safety
Fact: Thermoduric bacteria survive pasteurization

It's no surprise that big agribusiness shills wage war against raw milk. Pasteurization is the is the main weapon of the milk mafia and if it is no longer required, the cartel then looses it stranglehold on farmers and they lose their millions in profits. The other problem with modern dairy is that it has come to depend on pasteurization to make it “safe”. Let me remind you; Dilution is NOT the solution”. Why not just produce clean food instead of trying to make dirty food clean. What a novel idea.

8:26 PM Jun 6th
 
Organic Farmer
Fact: All milk is NOT created equally. CAFO producers would be well advised to heed the authors warnings and not sell raw milk as the product they produce laced with rBST, antibiotics and God knows what else might just really kill someone.
Fact: Pasteurization destroys nutritional components of milk.
Fact: Pasteurized milk has no guarantee of safety
Fact: Thermoduric bacteria survive pasteurization

It's no surprise that big agribusiness shills wage war against raw milk. Pasteurization is the is the main weapon of the milk mafia and if it is no longer required, the cartel then looses it stranglehold on farmers and they lose their millions in profits. The other problem with modern dairy is that it has come to depend on pasteurization to make it “safe”. Let me remind you; Dilution is NOT the solution”. Why not just produce clean food instead of trying to make dirty food clean. What a novel idea.

8:26 PM Jun 6th
 
Dee A.
The real gamble is for folks who consume and feed their families pasteurized milk. If you want to educate yourselves start by Googling "real milk" then read, read, read.
5:24 PM Jun 6th
 
Dee A.
The real gamble is folks who consume pasteurized milk and feed it to their families. If you want to educate yourselves...try Googling "real milk", then read, read, read.
5:22 PM Jun 6th
 
Dee A.
The real gamble is folks who consume pasteurized milk and feed it to their families. If you want to educate yourselves...try Googling "real milk", then read, read, read.
5:22 PM Jun 6th
 



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