Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Raw Milk Sales


SPECIAL REPORT: BUSINESS OF FOOD

Raw Milk Sales Could Reinvigorate U.S. Dairy Farms

This NY Times article definitely caught my attention and I hope it will catch yours too. It goes like this:

For four generations the Gibbs family milked cattle on their farm in a fertile valley in Allamuchy Township, New Jersey. Facing dismally low milk prices, Frank Gibbs and his sons, Brant and Keith, struggled this year to continue the tradition. But a month ago, they sold off their entire herd of nearly 200 cows.

They are not the only ones. There are now fewer than 100 New Jersey dairy farms, less than a third of the number 10 years ago.

One potential solution had eluded them, because the sale of higher-priced “raw,” or unpasteurized, milk is illegal in their state.

In September, the uniform price paid to a New Jersey farmer for pasteurized milk was $1.11 per gallon, or roughly four liters. That is 66 cents less than in July of last year.

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation . . . read the rest here and let me know what you think. Do you buy raw milk or know of someone who has or does? Would you buy raw milk or does it make you nervous? Sound out please!

4 comments:

  1. I don't know that I've ever given it a lot of thought...it does make me a little nervous though - might have to research this a little more! It saddens me that so many farmers are having to give up their farms though...I truly believe we should get back to local, homegrown...stop importing so much!

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  3. Great post! I occasionally purchase raw milk. Love the NY Times article.

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