The milk from Blossom Ridge Farm and Dairy is really different. Most of our share owners are satisfied by a single taste of “milk as it was meant to be.” But some people want to know more. That’s what this page is for! Here we’ve collected a few links that explain why many people believe fresh unprocessed whole milk is a great and wholesome alternative!
More About Fresh Unprocessed Milk
The case for unpasteurized milk is ably argued by the Weston A. Price foundation. RealMilk.com is their website; it explains in detail what they like about unpasteurized milk. Here are some other articles on the same theme.
- A Campaign for Real Milk is a brief brochure by the Price foundation.
- The protective effect of farm milk, from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, links raw milk to reduced risk of asthma.
- Dr. Deborah on Raw Milk
What’s in Commercial Milk (that isn’t in Ours)?
Commercial dairies can legally administer artificial hormones to their cows to increase milk production–a practice that is outlawed in Canada and much of Europe. The use of hormones in dairy cattle is highly controversial. Some fear its effects on humans, and point out negative effects on cows. The FDA’s studies have shown that some commercial dairies have illegally administered antibiotics to milking herds, and the residues have shown up in milk sold to consumers.
It’s different at Blossom Ridge. Our cows are never given hormones. We think nature gave them just the right amount. We have a small, high quality herd. Our milk cows are fed on natural pastures, not in a feed lot. They have room to move and fresh air to breathe. We don’t give them antibiotics or any other unnatural substances. We monitor every cow in the herd and know every animal as an individual.
Here are links to articles about commercial milk, hormones, and antibiotics.
- Effects of milk containing growth hormones
- Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone
- Illegal Antibiotics could be in Your Milk
- FDA Tests Find Antibiotics in Commercial Milk
- The Original FDA Study
More About A2 Dairy
We are one of the few A1/A2 dairies in the state. Almost all commercial dairies in America produce only or primarily A1 milk. The cows in commercial herds are bred for the purpose of high volume milk production and produce A1 milk.
But A1 milk comes from cows that carry a genetic mutation. The original form of milk is A2. While science doesn’t provide certainty, some studies have linked A1 milk to a wide variety of health problems: allergies, lactose intolerance, heart disease, and even schizophrenia.
There is an alternative to the commercial dairy cow breeds that carry only A1 genes. Dr. Keith Woodford, perhaps the world’s leading authority in this field, has recommended that the dairy industry transition their herds to cows that produce only A2 milk. The commercial dairy industry in America has shown little interest, and most dairies are not transitioning to A2 genetics.
Blossom Ridge Dairy is well ahead of the curve. Our herd already produces a large proportion of A2 milk. We keep our own bull, and have an aggressive breeding program that is moving us toward 100% A2 milk. There are no other dairies in our area with a rapid A2 transition program.
Learn more about A2 milk:
- You’re Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk is a brief introductory article on A1 and A2 milk.
- A2 Milk Offers Hope for the Lactose Intolerant.
- The Devil in the Milk is Professor Keith Woodford’s book that provides a summary of his research up to the year 2009.
- Professor Woodford’s Blog contains a tremendous amount of information for those who like technical reading.
- Dr. Thomas Cowan summarizes Professor Woodford’s book. You’ll find the book summary beginning at paragraph seven.
The Challenge of Nutritional Research
The best scientific research is based on controlled experiments. Unfortunately, experiments that test long-term effects of diet on human health are limited by cost, complexity, and often ethical concerns. (Do you want to eat a diet we think might cause cancer or heart disease?) Consequently, many unanswered questions and controversy remain. For instance, some nutritionists advocate raw milk for most people, while others caution against its use with very young children and individuals with compromised immune systems.
We urge you to do your own research and consult your health care providers. Make responsible, informed decisions about what you eat.
In spite of specific controversies, most nutritionists agree that the standard American diet could be improved. Substituting fresh whole foods for highly processed products is a step that many people find helpful.
At Blossom Ridge Farm and Dairy, we produce foods that we believe are wholesome. And this is our promise to you: