I find it completely maddening that in this wonderful country called Canada, I cannot purchase organic, pasture-fed, raw dairy. I can buy cigarettes; I can buy alcohol; and for a while there it was looking like I would even be able to buy pot legally, but quality milk is strictly illegal unless I own a cow or am part of a cow-share program. How stupid is that?
I’m not suggesting that they make pasteurized milk illegal so that everyone is forced to choose raw – all I want is the choice to be able to buy the healthful, enzyme and nutrition-rich raw dairy. Currently I am forced to choose the pasteurized stuff, where all the enzymes, vitamins and minerals have been destroyed.
Sure, they say that this is for my own health, and that the bacteria in raw dairy is dangerous. Maybe in another time when the milking barns were less clean. But when one looks at the incidences of sickness from milk, just as many people get sick from pasteurized milk as raw.
Even Louis Pasteur, the person that told the world that heating up food will kill the bacteria in the food, admitted late in life that the problem is not the germ, but rather the terrain. Just like you can’t light a fire with soaking wet wood, it is difficult to get sick if your immune system is strong and healthy.
It is crazy that we as consumers have to wade through the garbage that is being sold to us as food to find the quality food that will nourish us. So, let’s help each other! Our dollars are powerful! Use this blog to post the brands that manufacture quality dairy.
Criteria? Best is certified organic, pasture-fed, raw dairy. (If you live in the Vancouver area and legally want access to raw dairy, use the contact form on www.wellnesstips.ca to contact me.)
2nd best is certified organic, non-homogenized dairy (homogenization is the other form of destruction that milk undergoes before it hits the supermarket shelves, where the milk is passed through a microfilter so that the fat globules are broken down into tiny little bits and stay suspended in the milk. Unfortunately our body no longer recognizes those particles as food.)
Third best is certified organic. Stay away from the ultrapasteurized stuff!
So what brands to buy? If you happen to live in California, you can walk into your supermarket and buy organic, raw, pasture-fed milk, cream, yogurt, butter and even colostrum. The brand is Organic Pastures. Support them!
From anywhere in the States you can go to their website and order from them and get raw dairy delivered to your door.
Because in Canada raw dairy is illegal, many would suggest that no dairy should be consumed at all. In Ontario, however, one can find organic non-homogenized milk from the Harmony Dairy in Bornholm Ontario, in stores across the province.
In the Vancouver B.C. area, Avalon Dairy just started selling an organic non-homogenized milk – yeah! It’s the glass bottle with the white cap and the red lettering. All lower-fat milks are homogenized so don’t drink them. And besides, you need the fat to absorb any of the nutrition that may be left after the pasteurization process.
Whipping cream is pretty much always non-homogenized, so go for it – just make sure you choose organic.
Yogurt – only get the plain, full fat, organic, non-homogenized. Flavoured yogurts are essentially pots of sugar, and they are even worse if they are low fat. Your insulin will go through the roof. See my tip on Blood-Sugar Regulation for more on that.
Brands? My favourite by far is Jerseyland, and they sell in western Canada. Not sure if it can be found in the States – maybe someone can let us know. 2nd is Saugeen – it says non-homogenized on the lid. I think it is an Ontario company so it is probably available across the country.
Cheese – raw is easy to find. Even organic. Jerseyland has nice quality cheeses, and L’Ancetre Cheese Factory sells organic raw cheeses across Canada, and many of the cheeses imported from Europe are raw organic.
If the label does not specify that the milk is raw, assume it is pasteurized and make another choice.
I can’t speak for Eastern Canada, US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America etc, so please help me get this info out there and write about your favourite healthy brands of dairy.