Vegan Resources and Raw Milk
The following is a list of resources that may interest vegans who have an interest in raw drinking milk. We understand the diverse ethical reasons why many vegans wish to avoid dairy, and why they tend to have a dislike for intense animal agriculture. However, we also cannot ignore the fact that overseas many ex-vegans and millennials are now raw milk producers. People who were once disconnected from farming, and different farming practices, are finding their way to raw dairy. They are developing a unique understanding about the benefits of nutrient-dense foods and pasture-raised animal products, and why they are so desirable. These articles explore the diverse dynamics around raw dairy that may interest vegans.
We also cannot ignore the fact that many vegans are finding their health falling apart, and that raw milk producers overseas are increasingly being contacted by ex-vegans who want to purchase their pasture-raised raw dairy products, due to due health problems, malnutrition and nutrient-deficiencies (as the ex-vegans report). Vegans may initially enjoy the detoxifying benefits of the vegan diet, but some eventually find it unsustainable for long term health. We are experiencing a farming and consumer values revolution.
In addition, raw drinking milk production entails a great focus on the health and welfare of the animals,
otherwise the animals will not produce raw dairy that is suitable for human consumption. Overseas examples show that calves in some raw dairies enjoy a different life than those in industrial dairy systems. When regenerative farming methods are applied, farmers can grow more nutrient-dense pasture, resulting in more milk and a higher quality milk. It can become more viable for dairy farmers to keep the calves with their mothers and to share the milk between calf and humans. When a system is developed on farm that keeps calves with their mothers on mother’s milk in the early days, they are more content and healthier, which creates a more robust animal to join the milking herd in the future. Raw dairies are able to convert to a set of more holistic farming practices, that benefits the health of the environment, the animals and people, if they choose to. It’s always up to the individual dairy farmer, and also to the consumer to encourage or not.
Experience shows that when consumers can interact directly with dairy farmers, farmers are often questioned about farming practices. In these interactions, farmers often find consumers who are willing to pay extra for the product if farmers farm differently, and more in accordance with consumer preference. Both parties get their needs met. This is a complex social issue that cannot be described in four paragraphs, which is why the list of articles below were compiled:
The Ethical Farming Conference was recently held and we are sharing this information because there is great demand for resources on the subject of ethical farming, its definitions and how that relates to animal welfare.
Farmers need to seek out regenerative farmers who excel at passing on these concepts in an easy to understand manner, because not all regenerative farmers are good teachers.
We have a farming and economic revolution on the way, and most raw milk supporters don’t even know that they have something to be excited about. Many people feeling quite depressed about our food supply, farming systems etc.
We are approaching the midpoint of #FebruDairy 2019. Social media is a powerful social indicator of what people feel passionate about. Some dairy stories are going viral so far, and with reason.
We’re on the cusp of switching from Veganuary to Februdairy. These are social media hashtags around which there have been many new developments that affect us all in a profound way.
At the recent Oxford Real Farming Conference dairy farmer Christine Page from Smiling Tree Farm, gave a great presentation as part of the The Rise of Milk Substitutes: how can dairy producers respond? session.
According to Project Censored, Regenerative Agriculture as the "Next Stage" of Civilization is ranked 7th on a list of 25 of the top censored news stories of 2018.
Beneficial microbes improve health in many terrains. Colonisation resistance is a completely different way of thinking. When the information is applied, it is both pioneering and revolutionary.
Soil scientist show that grassland really need the right kind of aerobic soil microbes, agrochemical-free farming, rotational grazing and high diversity of plant species, to create soil fertility and remineralised forage.
Australians are coming to the realisation that our health is in crisis, because agriculture is in crisis. Food is medicine.
This article was written to help vegans and other food consumers better define why they are angry about farming involving animals and why they want change.
This article discusses two topics: why some desire nutrient-dense animal food and vegans targeting food producers. Why is consumer choice so limited? Why is there conflict over food production methods?
Look at images synonymous with the Zombie Apocalypse. The earth is stripped of an eco-system. The inhabitants are deprived of a healthy microbiome; they are immune compromised.
Eczema is the most common skin disorder in the industrialised word. The book The Good Skin Solution gives you all the tools you need to heal your skin naturally with the help of the probiotic drink kefir.
Dr. Maya spent a lot of time delving into the scientific literature and found that being exposed to diverse microbes is what makes our guts, immune systems and our brains healthy.
Farming has been gravitating in different directions but the differences have never been so stark. Three systems farm for microbes but because of different inputs, values and expectations there are different outcomes.
Ahimsa dairy hails from a culture that reveres the cow as sacred. Forget politics, what the world needs now is a revolution in consciousness.
One of Australia's most ethical dairy farmers have been saddled with fines more than $50,000. What could possibly have justified such excessiveness and high-handedness and is it fair?
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.
A recent story by Sunday Night about Chef Pete Evans prompted this article about what supports many people's belief that all is not as it appears. Despite advertising many are not buying milk anymore.
Science now show 100% grass-fed, organic milk is superior. Butterfat from pasture-raised cows is a major source of healthy nutrients like Omega-3, CLA and fat soluble vitamins.
Food safety and health agencies warn the immune compromised against raw milk, but pathogens are all over our food system. Scientists say we need beneficial microbes but where can we get them?
Some very interesting information has come to light due to the Senate Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry. ARMM hopes this information will be of benefit in the process to more awareness.
At this small boutique dairy, animal welfare and producing real food with compassion is high on the list. Owner Fiona Provan has realised her vision for compassionate, sustainable dairy farming. This unique model is made possible by the high value of RAW MILK in the UK.