While the FDA/USDA is breaking down doors with guns drawn to stop farmers in the US from selling raw dairy, there are raw milk vending machines across the UK where you can get raw milk whenever you want.
These are all over Europe and no one is getting sick, yet the government in various US states treat it as if it’s the most dangerous food on earth.
It has nothing to do with your health, and much more to do with the Big Dairy capturing governments and trying to prevent you from buying direct from the farmer, cutting them out entirely and all their profits with it.
When I was a kid our milk came from a local farm, delivered daily in returnable glass bottles. The milk came from a tuberculosis tested herd. It was many years before the co-op got together to pasteurize or homogenize the milk prior to delivery.
So what exactly makes raw milk so special?
Unlike pasteurized milk, raw milk is not subjected to heat treatments, thus retaining more of its natural nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria. It is known for its excellent balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. There is a slight risk because raw milk is not pasteurized, that it can contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, which can pose significant health risks to vulnerable groups but a well maintained herd and a clean milking parlor generally ensure these are not present. It is possible that bacteria that are in low concentrations while on the farm have the potential to rapidly grow during transport to your house and into your cup. However, food safety in raw milk production is a simple formula: healthy animals and a healthy working environment using clean equipment.
Raw milk is a rich source of essential nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It boasts of an impressive profile that includes vitamins A, D, B2, B12, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Plus, the presence of zinc and selenium fortifies its mineral content, promoting overall health benefits.