Raw Milk: Twelve Years of Progress Beyond Mother Nature’s Inconvenient Truth
Host: Dr. Joseph Heckman, Professor Soil Science, Rutgers University.
Speaker Mark McAfee is the founder of both Organic Pastures Dairy Company and the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI). Numerous scientific studies over the last decade have consistently found health benefits associated with raw milk consumption, most notably protection from asthma and allergies. Yet, raw milk must be carefully and intentionally produced to ensure that it is safe.
RAWMI established Common Standards for the production of ultra-low-risk raw milk, and has trained over 300 dairy farmers in North America in Raw Milk Risk Management. Recent technologies have emerged to permit rapid, inexpensive and accurate on-farm fresh milk testing. Published test data (PLOS 2018 Whitehead and Lake) shows that the incidence of illness and raw milk recalls were significantly reduced (-74%) through implementation of RAWMI training and methods. Through RAWMI, raw milk farmers now have a community where they can share knowledge and support.