Warning: Harmful Drug Residues in Meat & Milk
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authority to require Milk be tested if evidence exists that drug residues may be in the Milk supply, but although the FDA has stopped some dairy farms from selling their cattle for meat after drug residue violations, this prohibition does not typically extend to the milk.
Even farms that have received warning letters for drug-residue violations in Milk can continue to produce Milk, and commit further violations, without being shut down.
While the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have defined waiting periods and other rules to keep drug residues out of Milk and Meat, farmers are not following them.
Once again, the CAFO system encourages this dangerous practice, Regeneration Vermont explaines:
“When farmers are being crushed economically, cutting corners on waiting periods or using unapproved drugs are the most common reasons for the pharmaceutical residues remaining in the food supply.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Overproduction is the problem, driven by a commodity-based pricing system that is obscenely rigged against the dairy farmer.
Organic and regenerative dairying immediately addresses all of the concerns of the commodity fiasco — economics, animal welfare, water quality — all within a changed mindset, from quantity to quality. It’s not perfect, but it’s the obvious step forward.”
Returning to grass-fed dairy is a solution to the problems created by industrial dairy.
As it stands now only about 22% of US dairy cows have access to pasture, and even this tends to be limited. New-York-based grass-fed dairy producer Maple Hills Creamery shared reasons why grass-fed dairy is a viable solution to the problems of industrial dairy, as follows:
- When a cow eats corn and grain, the pH of the rumen (the 1st chamber of the cow’s stomach) becomes acidic; this destroys some flora and increases systemic inflammation, shortening the cow’s lifespan and increasing her risk of infection
- Raising grass fed cows requires fewer resources than growing grain crops to feed CAFO cows, along with fewer chemical fertilizers and pesticides
- On a 100% grass-fed farm, manure is spread over pastures naturally as the cows roam; there is no need for environmentally destructive manure lagoons
- Grass-fed dairy farming works best with small herds, which in turn helps support local economies and small farmers, who are able to claim a premium price for their premium dairy products
In Vermont, more than 200 dairy farms have transitioned to Organic and returned their cows to a grass-based diet.
Support dairy farmers who are producing raw, grass-fed milk products, and food manufacturers sourcing grass-fed milk, not those perpetuating the CAFO model.
Getting your raw grass-fed milk and other food from a local Organic farm or co-op is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting high-quality food.
You can locate a raw, grass-fed milk source near you at the Campaign for Real Milk website. California residents can find raw grass-fed milk retailers by using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.
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