Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Raw Milk

As a farmer I accept the responsibility that we are producing food on this farm.  I detest the word commodity and believe using that kind of language degrades and reduces the importance of life giving nutrients.  Our primary goal  here at Real Farm Foods is to grow food of the highest quality no matter what.  We enjoy providing our customers with quality, nutrient dense foods for their friends and family.  It really makes us feel good and makes all our very hard work even more rewarding when these folks give us feed back on how we are doing.

The following cut and paste came in today from one of our raw milk customers.  We imply nothing of the sort that would lead anybody, including bottom grazing attorneys, to believe we are making any kind of claims what so ever about the health benefits of any food we grow.  And we are not claiming to be doctors, nutritionist or even being intelligent people at all.  So don't waste your time sending me nasty e-mails, mean people, I'm just forwarding another e-mail, because I like sharing e-mails.  And I'm not saying anything bad about any other kind of food either.  Enough of that.  

This came in this morning from a new customer to us just early this year.  She chose to use our raw milk from our grass fed only Jersey cows for a 30 day raw milk diet.  We have known about raw milk diets for quite some time and I suggest you start your read with Sally Fallon if you want to research some. 

Our customer writes:

Raw Milk Testimonial

In the spring of 2009, I had a high fever and was extremely sick for 9 days. I am health and nutrition conscious and tried many different things during these last two years to bring back my prior vigor and strength. I gave up meat and lived on mainly raw fruits and vegatables for periods of time, but I felt like I was starving! My body kept feeling weaker. In the fall of 2010 I started experiencing joint pain in my feet, hands, hips, tail bone and left knee. I have been experiencing fatigue and digestive issues (gas, bloating, cramping and constipation), bladder/kidney infections that I couldn't get rid off, headaches, joint pain and a skin condition (psoriasis) which prompted my decision to go off all food and beverages and give the milk diet a try. I began an exclusive grass fed raw milk diet in February, 2011. I drank 1 1/2 gallons of milk a day for 30 days. I have included some comments below.

Week 1
Prior to starting the milk, I ate raw fruit for one day to start the cleansing process. I consumed 8 oz. of milk every half hour for 10-12 hours. I didn't think my body would be able to handle that much volume, but I was surprised by how easily I adjusted. I was tired and rested a lot for the first 3 or 4 days. I also had a few headaches from my morning cup of black tea (caffeine) withdrawal. After that time, I started feeling really good and the pain in my joints was much less noticable. I wasn't much of a milk drinker so I was only doing this by sheer determination and will to improve my health. I found to my delight the milk tasted wonderful! It can best be described as tasting like melted vanilla ice cream. Who doesn't like vanilla ice cream?

Week 2
I thought I would try skimming the cream and making butter for my family while consuming the skimmed milk for my diet. I didn't feel as good so I decided that experiment wasn't a good idea. My body needed the extra calories and nutrients from the whole milk. Prior to starting the milk diet I was experiencing swollen joints in my right hand and the swelling had gone down at least 50% by the end of week 2.

Week 3
Back to drinking the whole milk and my energy level soured once again. I love this diet because I feel full all the time. I am giving my body the nutrition it needs. I noticed the biggest improvement in my dry, scaly skin this week. One area is completely gone and the other areas are improved 50%. My digestive system is working properly with no upset in either kidney/bladder or colon areas of digestion.

Week 4
I consumed 40 gallons of milk during this 30 days consisting of 4200 calories a day. I was desiring to build up energy and body fat and muscle. While mostly resting and exerting myself very little on absolutely necessary housework I found that due to the good calories from this grass fed milk, I still only gained 3 pounds after 30 days. I have no negative digestive issues whatsoever, the joint pain is hardly noticable and the psoriasis is 80% diminished. My body continues to improve and it is hard to believe that I once felt tired all the time. I now have the energy to engage in those wonderful outdoor spring activites and just wish the weather would cooperate! Who needs caffeine? Just drink raw milk!!!

My special thanks goes to Cody and Dawnnell Holmes at the Rockin H Ranch/Real Farm Foods for providing me with this wonderful milk. Cody even went without himself some weeks so I would have all I needed for my milk cure. How happy I am to have found you and plan to never be without this wonderful grass fed raw milk.

Bad Habits Are Hard To Break

Many of us do things every day in a certain way because more than anything else action simply forms habits within our lives.  This is never more true than feeding grain to ruminant animals like our friendily bovines the cow or bull.  These ruminant animals do not have the biological make up to handle high concentrates like soybeans, corn and many other harvested grains.  Yet in America most continue to force feed our cows this very toxic menu because in the short run we see increases in production, that is in weight gain and milk. 

This animal which internally is designed to function quite well eating forages only, will show us just how adverse they are to grains if we simply open our eyes and back off some of these bad habits we continued for way to long.  The attached article reflects on university research that demonstrates just one of the damages we are causing by feeding bulls grain. 

Many of my readers and clients have heard me talk on this topic before.  But my friend form Colorado, Kit, "no grain" Pharo, reminded me once again in his e-mail.  For your reading "click here". 

This blog entry will not speak of all the bad environmental and social problems caused by our insistance on all the grain feeding to cattle.  But just from the economic point of view of the rancher, why is it so hard for the cattleman to not recoginize that grain feeding is one very large part of his financial difficulty.  The answer is simply, "Bad habits are hard to break".

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Responsible Farming

Just got back from speaking at the Farm To Table Conference in Pittsburgh Pa. Sally Fallon's presentation followed mine so we got to rub elbows once again. What a fine lady Mrs. Fallon is and quite the advocate for correcting many of our health issues through diet.

As farmers we can begin to take on some of this responsibility for the health and welfare of our citizens. After all we are the food producers for everyone who does not grow their own food, which takes in just about the entire population. There was a very large campaign, which began over 40 years ago, to convince our farmers we had to quit raising food and become big commodity growers. They were very successful at the expense of our farmers and consumers, the American public. Most of the auto immune deficiency diseases we cope with each day ravaging the lives of our friends and relatives were hardly known of prior to that time in history. These diseases were by no means as common as they are today.

No one forces the dairy farmer to inject Rbst, the calf feeder to force feed antibiotics in the form of Ionophores and inject growth hormones, the grower to spray pesticides on plants, plant Eco dangerous GM seeds just so he can spray more Glysophate, feed arsenic to chickens housed by the thousands living in their own feces, and the list goes on and on. And most do this because of the training most of us have received over these last 40 years. And with all this bigness in play, our farmers are having some of the most difficult times in history at keeping the ink from turning red and even keeping their farms at all.

So when Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, almost a half century ago, was telling farmers to get big or get out what he was really saying was to become slaves on your own farms, produce the way we tell you to, have no conscience for your fellow Americans, or you can sell your farm and move to town. Now our smaller farmers that are left are mostly broke, working full time jobs in town to support their farms, and many of those who gave in and went to town are contributing to the ranks of the unemployed.

We have markets that are screaming for farm fresh, quality grown food not laced with pesticides, meats and milk that does not have to be heat treated or dipped into chlorine baths, and all kinds of non processed real food. And we no longer have many farmers that know how to do these things. This is because we followed Earl Butz's scare tactic and got out. And one big result of this is the battle we as a nation are loosing as a whole in our poor quality of health. This massive increase in health issues is extremely expensive on our nation, our people, and our chances for a future. No matter wether or not there is a national health insurance plan, the people will have to pay for these enormous costs of a civilization in the sorry health condition we have become. And all the blame can not be placed on pre-packaged fake food and the companies that produce that trash. Farmers will have to carry a very large load of blame for growing it to begin with.
Less than 2% of our population produces food for all the rest. Many in agriculture will brag about this feat. I am here to declare that this is an embarrassment to my own industry of agriculture. Other societies report tremendous increase in productivity over our abusive systems we practice here in the states. We have been successful in displacing many good farm families over the last 40 years and removing them and their highly skilled abilities and have put the burden of commerce on the American people of feeding and taking care of a large population of people that can no longer find employment. They have been replaced by a system that produces frankenfood that helps incubate cancer, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, M.S., obesity, and a host of other auto immune diseases that in themselves have the capability of destroying the health of our entire nation.

By ridding our country of the small farmer we have created a serious health endemic never seen before in our history. We have created the loss of waves of jobs and placed the burden of feeding and caring for millions of others in the form of welfare and other public assistance programs. By doing this we installed a monstrous farming conglomerate whose only goal is to produce large short term profits while insuring the destruction of most of our natural resources, at the top of that list primarily our very limited top soils, in which by some calculations will no longer sustain our civilization past the middle of this century.

Because the solution is so simple and has no chance for corporate ownership and control, talk of food production from small, highly skilled farmers, with high moral standards, can only be successful by one convert at a time.  This will require a point of view that extends beyond what most are fixated on from what they have been trained to view as acceptable from what they see on T.V., magazines, other media, and from whom they are influenced by in society.  We have been trained that we can not die of starvation from a full stomach.  This is not true.  Most critical historians know of many civilizations, including ancient Rome, that no longer exist due to their lack of ability to feed its people in a healthy manner.  Food and good health are synonymous.  And with out quality farmers, we have neither.  I urge all to purchase food for your family from only responsible farmers.  At the same time I encourage all young men and women who desire to farm to avoid the advise of Earl Butz.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Ag Bluff

Once being on the side of big industrial ag and now in transition for being re-educated, I still recall boasting how we were so good at farming here in the US that we were feeding the world.  This could never be more false once we learned how to read, that is between the lies and the lines. The next time some big proponent, or industrial ag vehement brags about feeding the world, ask him "just what kind of food do you produce?".

Over 70% of all corn grown in the US is fed unnecessarily to cattle walking around in feed lots in knee deep, ecoli feces.  Pesticides are so prevalent now that many vegetables bought in the supermarket are laced with levels above FDA standards, as if there is a safe limit to poison.  Most illnesses of today are food related.  And I do not mean contaminated with bacteria.  Almost all of these listed immune deficiency diseases are directly related and are an outcome from poor nutrition. 

Secretary Earl Butz gave a speech over 30 years ago slamming small agriculture.  His famous statement was, "get big, or get out."  Those must of been powerful words because small farmers have been exiting the business ever since.  And our health has never been worse in history.

This article gives hope to those of us who have chosen not to listen to the likes of Earl Butz, and do not have our head stuck in the sand.