Sustainable farming is under pressure, however farmers keep farming because they get immense satisfaction from being in harmony with nature. Customers love the nutrient-dense food they provide.
Raw milk in Connecticut is exclusively produced by small, local farms and its fans often highly value their connection to the farmer. The milk is sold from the farmer's market, from a farm stand or a retail store.
The Pemberton family have been farming in Lancashire, England for over 130 years. They are one of the oldest farming families. Now they have diversified with a raw milk vending machine and a new farm shop.
In many farming communities it is accepted that raw milk is a beneficial food. Even research show that farmers and their children enjoy protection from asthma and allergies due to raw milk consumption.
Ben and Kristen are selling shares in their herd of 100% grass-fed Jersey cows in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. They are now producing a great quality raw milk because of adopting the standards of another state.
This farm in England installed a raw milk vending machine after a hard couple of years for farmers and hopes to sell at least 50 litres a day to top up what they had lost in recent years.
According to the Food Standards Agency the main benefit of selling raw milk direct is for farmers to get a fairer price for the milk. It is produced under strict quality procedures and sold direct to the consumer.
Mark Lopez is an ex-veterinarian who utilised his experience to produce excellent quality raw dairy products from grass-fed Ayrshire cows. After almost a decade he knows the value of the food he is producing for the local community.
Hilltop Dairy Farm has deep roots in dairy farming since 1880. The farm embraced changed and now the consumer connection has been revived with the launch of Moo Cow Raw Milk.
William and Alex Wales of Norfolk joined the steady RAW MILK revolution by installing a milk vending machine on their farm rather than leaving the industry. Alex admits that it is selling better than expected.
Weir's Organic Raw Milk was named Best Food and Drink product at the Balmoral show, Northern Ireland's biggest food and farming event. The show attracted over 100,000 people from all over the UK.
This farm has a unique history rooted deep in their community and in food of value. The Alexander family in Richmond, Virginia operate a cow share program along with other pastured products.
The Coursey's dream to farm started in 2008 after contemplating what to do in their retirement years. For almost a decade now they have been selling raw goat's milk directly to the consumer and loving it.
Rosie and Dave milk Guernsey cows and have been selling their raw milk for over 20 years direct to the consumer. The last 15 years they've been selling their raw dairy on a weekly basis at the London Farmers' Markets.
This farm is popular with locals and raw milk tourists from Australia and New Zealand. Thank you Bunkers Hill dairy for making your farm 'public friendly' and inviting consumers in.
Smiling Tree Farm micro-dairy have a small herd of only 7 Jersey cows who are grazed all year round on organically grown pasture. They eat grass, clover, wildflowers and a diverse mixture of highly nutritious herbs.
This was a recent response written to a concerned doctor regarding raw milk consumption. It was written by Mark McAfee who is the CEO at Organic Pastures dairy in Fresno, California.
This NZ story asks if our love affair with dairy farming are over. Farmers are copping much of the blame for polluted waterways but do the public really know what's going on down at the farm? He also asks why can we not buy raw cow's milk from the supermarket?
Consumers compare dignified systems supporting family farmers overseas to the absurd behaviours seen here. Rules should focus on creating quality control, not on regulating the raw product out of viability.
Why is there an expectation for raw milk to be perfect? Why is less than perfectly safe a manageable risk for every kind of food, except in the case of raw milk? No other food is held to a standard of a perfect safety record. No food is 100% safe.