Some time ago, I wrote about our visit to the then-newly-formed Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI), and it remains one of the more popular posts on this blog. As they have continued to grow and improve since then, they have just released a video explaining who they are and what they do.
RAWMI is a service organization whose outreach includes training and mentoring farmers, educating consumers, regulators, universities and the media.
Like many of us, RAWMI believes that “sustainable medicine and improved health is based in nutrition and bioactive foods, and not in inflammation-causing pharmaceutical drugs.” And consumers are rediscovering that clean, healthful raw milk is “an easily digested, non-allergenic, powerful immune system rebuilder.”
But as consumers discover the healing attributes found in raw milk, resistance from the established dairy and processing industry has increased.
RAWMI has a goal of improving the farmer-to-consumer connection, providing a means for consumers to “know their farmer” and be assured of the safety of the milk—and the health of the cows. RAWMI is also a voice of support for emerging raw milk markets, setting common standards and assisting with farmer-friendly food safety plans, listing farmers who are achieving the common standards. Through their Web site, consumers can examine each listed farmer’s safety procedures and risk management plans as well as examine their monthly bacterial count and detailed test results. RAWMI is strongly in favor of research involving raw milk—at this time, research in the areas of severe intestinal disorders like IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which includes Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and related issues) that may be helped by the health-giving properties of raw milk. This informative, educational short video gives an overview of RAWMI and the issues facing consumers and farmers alike.
Until next time~