Food freedom and the right to choose
In the so-called "land of the free," consumers are finding their right to choose wholesome food increasingly encroached upon by governmental agencies. Apparently, raw dairy products are so threatening to social order that a SWAT-style armed raid in 2010 by local, federal and even Canadian agents illegally trespassed and stole raw dairy products, as well as computers and honey, from Rawesome Foods, a private buying club in Venice, California. And this is only once instance of many across the nation - comparable raids are occurring with little legal oversight.
Superior nutritional profile and health perks
As documented by A Campaign for Real Milk, an advocacy group associated with the Weston A. Price Foundation and Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, raw milk is superior to pasteurized in the following ways:
- Protects against infections, diarrhea, rickets, scurvy, tooth decay and tuberculosis
- Children demonstrate better growth profiles with longer and denser bones
- Improved vitamin A, B6 and D absorption
- Enhanced mineral assimilation through the presence of lactobacilli
- Individuals diagnosed with lactose intolerance are often able to consume raw milk products without issue
Additionally, hundreds of testimonials attest to the healing power of raw milk in helping childhood behavioral problems, digestive disorders, failure to thrive in infants, arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer.
Innovation brings raw milk to European neighborhoods
In response to the first-rate benefits of raw milk, several European nations have installed self-service vending machines that provide access to the food 24 hours a day. Brainchild of dairy farmer Michel Cantaloube, the machines have been stationed around France, the UK and Spain - supplying local, sustainable and unpasteurized milk to surrounding communities. The dairy farms involved hope to expand the venture into a similar vending machine for raw yogurt.
Other countries like Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands have begun to install their own raw milk vending machines as well.
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Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.
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