Raw Milk Distributor

Within Las Vegas exists a raw milk distributor for the local community of people who value raw milk more than homogenized or pasteurized milk. It’s a legitimate business entity solving a social problem of people’s desire for raw milk and profiting from it.

Its a simple business model. The distributor picks up milk from friends who produce raw milk on a farm, as well as cheese and yogurt products from that raw milk. The farmer values currency over having raw milk or milk products, likely an excess he created that made it available for sale, while the distributor values the products, able to be bought cheaply and resold in a desiring community for more, over the currency. In this way, the distributor has bought something that increases their wealth.

The distributor then informs her networks via texting or tradition of pick-up, but they call to check beforehand as well.  And in a matter of a night or two, the supply is exhausted and the cycle restarts.

Why do people value raw milk? Essentially, they are concerned with the modern dairy cow’s intensive milk output as compared to a century ago because it contains growth hormones, pus from mastitis, and antibiotics to keep the mastitis from killing the cow. As a result, it must be pasteurized for safety. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work as salmonella outbreaks occur from pasteurized milk. Additionally, pasteurization simultaneously destroys vitamins and enzymes. After pasteurization, toxic and difficult to absorb chemicals are added, followed by homogenization, linked to heart disease. Studies indicating health dangers, because of these processes, have persuaded raw milk fans to avoid pasteurized, homogenized milk.

But regardless of whether one is persuaded by health concerns, the state is prohibiting the sale of raw milk to those who do value it. As a result, sellers are being aggressed against via raids, much like marijuana sellers. Not to mention, this is incidentally propping up the corporate milk companies and their profits in yet another case of state-corporation collaboration against the voluntaryist wealth-producing businesses.

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16 Responses to Raw Milk Distributor

  1. EthanLeeVita December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    After some confusion regarding the second picture, I’d just like to clarify that its a still image from the video when Rawesome foods was raided.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zPhhNUakc

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/25/business/la-fi-raw-food-raid-20100725

  2. Darian December 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m fairly convinced that the risks of raw milk far outweigh the benefits, but I’m glad people are able to make the choice for themselves thanks to entrepreneurs in the counter-establishment economy.

  3. Nicole December 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    The risks of raw milk are minimal and blown greatly out of proportion by the government entities that serve big dairy and big pharma.

    If we are talking the raw milk from most of the cows in the United States, I would agree with you, Darian. These cows are living inside concrete facilities, often knee deep in excrement, eating garbage and feces (literally: bakery waste like doughnuts and cookies, gummy bears, citrus peels, chicken litter are common commercial dairy feed supplements).
    This unnatural diet of junk food makes the cows sick and growth hormones and antibiotics are necessary to keep the cows alive and producing milk. Cows are not meant to eat carbohydrates like corn and soy and certainly not junk food. This unnatural diet makes the cows stomachs acidic which desensitizes their bacteria to acidic environments which makes them more able to tolerate human digestive tracts, wreaking havoc.
    This milk *must* be pasteurized to be safe, and even pasteurization often fails at keeping industrial milk safe. The vast majority of dairy-born illness comes from processed dairy, not from raw dairy.

    Raw milk is much more heavily regulated in states where it is allowed. Dairies are thoroughly inspected and milk is routinely tested for pathogens. Pasteurized milk, because of pasteurization, is never tested for pathogens.

    Raw dairy cows are outdoors eating grass or hay, like nature intended, with room to roam and sunlight to produce their own vitamin D. Organic Pastures is one raw milk dairy that has been operating for over a decade in California with absolutely no outbreaks of illness. OP Dairy routinely infects it’s milk with campylobacter and e. coli and to show that both are unable to reproduce due to the presence of raw milk’s protective bacteria.

    Real raw milk contains it’s own healthy, probiotic bacteria, which protects the milk from invasion by pathogens. Pro-biotic bacteria are well known to improve human health. The highly usable form of calcium along with co-factors and a multitude of fat soluble vitamins makes raw milk one of the most health giving foods you could choose.

    The only people who benefit from raw milk’s scary-unsafe-for-human status is the processed dairy industry, industrial agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry and the company that supplies all that corn and soy feed, Monsanto.

    You can find and support family dairies in your area by going to http://www.RealMilk.com

    You can find and support more family farms here: http://www.LocalHarvest.org or http://www.EatWild.com

  4. Ethan Lee Vita December 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    I agree Darian. I personally have no view either way on the risks of the two, because I haven’t taken the time to research the matter satisfactorily, but I strive to focus on how subjective desire is being fulfilled voluntarily and peacefully and how because of that, through competition and cooperation, society innovates from poor and excellent ideas being experimented without using force. Its a naturally-occurring experiment, with each actor acting voluntarily. Far better than forced statist social experiments that also tend to fail continually, eh?

  5. Ur liars December 31, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    Those aren’t even las Vegas police uniforms. Get the facts straight hippies

  6. EthanLeeVita December 31, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    No one claimed that picture was from Las Vegas. It was being used as a general example picture of violence used against people involved in the real food movement. The specific incident it came from, which I mentioned in my first comment, was from a food raid of Rawesome Foods in Venice, LA area so they’d probably have Venice or LA type uniforms.

  7. K.C. January 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Store-bought dairy causes allergies and other respiratory disorders in some people, including me! Stop paying taxes!! Thanks for the links, Nicole. An easy way to avoid funding government corruption, force, oppression, theft and violence through sales taxes is by buying directly from craftsmen, farmers, and other ordinary people through auctions, classified ads, cooperatives, eBay.com, fairs, farmers markets, flea markets, garage/yard sales, mail order (those businesses that don’t collect sales tax), produce buying clubs/groups and street/cart vendors.

  8. Caroline Anaya February 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Where/how can I get raw milk in Henderson/ LasVegas NV/ Thanks

  9. Caroline Anaya February 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Where can I get raw milk in Henderson NV or Las Vegas area?

  10. Richard Blandori May 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I live in Vegas and would like to purchase raw milk, where do i go?

  11. Ethan Lee Vita May 14, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    You can go to realmilk.com and check the listings there. :)

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    I’d like to try raw milk, for I have numerous allergies.

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  1. Agorism « Dancing Doula - December 28, 2010

    [...] There are many examples of counter economics you may already be familiar with. Food Not Bombs groups will collect donations of food that is still good but about to be thrown out from grocery stores. They then take this food and cook it into free vegetarian meals to distribute to the homeless and needy, usually in public parks. A well-known source of counter economy is simple yard sales, craigslist transactions and ebay/etsy stores. People all over the world are selling things and making money without government permission through these channels. The Last Biscuit is an agorist home-cooked meal delivery service, which up until recently was delivering hot wholesome home cooked food straight to its customers, 24/7. Lastly, all over the country groups of health conscious people form food buying groups to procure healthy items that many stores do not carry, such as grass-fed beef or raw milk. Many food buying clubs are run by a member who makes a small profit for their time and efforts. Ethan has already covered the raw milk story as seen here. [...]

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