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Old 08-28-2011, 05:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We get our milk from a wonderful dairy farm.  They have cow shares and we pick up the milk at our local farmer's market.

 

Another local farm had a couple of people get Q fever and they are blaming the raw milk.

 

So our farm's insurance company will not cover them selling raw milk anymore.  They are going to low temp vat pasteurization.  I am so upset.  I love the raw milk and in two years have never had a problem with it.  It makes me so frustrated that we as a society are so caught up with this issue.  Did everyone who sells spinach lose their insurance after the e coli outbreak?  We have had so many meat and produce recalls and everyone just accepts it as part of the food distribution risk.  You can get Q fever by just inhaling barn dust too- should we wear environmental suits to work on a farm or visit the zoo?

 

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Producers whose spinach was associated with the e. coli outbreak (or any other food-borne illness outbreak) were fined, which probably would have impacted their insurance premiums.  

 

 

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Huh, I just toured a local dairy that does the low temp pasturization.  They don't homogenize the milk.  They were claiming all sorts of benefits; they said that low temp pasturization won't kill the good stuff, just the bad.  They also had a health reason why they didn't homogenize.  I was very impressed with the entire place, their cows were noticably healthy and well taken care of.  

 

I was actually going online to find information about raw vs low temp vs ultra-pasturization as well as homogenized vs not homogenized.  

 

The farmer who seemed very knowledgable said that they do low temp primarily so they can sell at stores, but that the research indicated that low temp had the benefits of raw without the risk.  Although she admitted that with her cows, the risk would be minimal because of the steps they take to prevent problems.  

 

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So no beneficial bacteria exists below 140 or whatever qualifies for low-temp pasteurization these days and only "bad" bacteria is dies at that temp?  That's a heck of a claim for him to make.  

 

Not homogenizing is definitely a good thing.  Homogenization smashes the fat globules to the point your body doesn't recognize them for what they are and that can cause all sorts of problems.
 

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Huh, I just toured a local dairy that does the low temp pasturization.  They don't homogenize the milk.  They were claiming all sorts of benefits; they said that low temp pasturization won't kill the good stuff, just the bad.  They also had a health reason why they didn't homogenize.  I was very impressed with the entire place, their cows were noticably healthy and well taken care of.  

 

I was actually going online to find information about raw vs low temp vs ultra-pasturization as well as homogenized vs not homogenized.  

 

The farmer who seemed very knowledgable said that they do low temp primarily so they can sell at stores, but that the research indicated that low temp had the benefits of raw without the risk.  Although she admitted that with her cows, the risk would be minimal because of the steps they take to prevent problems.  

 

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Now you know why I went online to dig up some research.  I thought that some of her claims were perhaps a bit far fetched.

 

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So no beneficial bacteria exists below 140 or whatever qualifies for low-temp pasteurization these days and only "bad" bacteria is dies at that temp?  That's a heck of a claim for him to make.  

 

Not homogenizing is definitely a good thing.  Homogenization smashes the fat globules to the point your body doesn't recognize them for what they are and that can cause all sorts of problems.
 



 



 


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