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Will Raw Milk Save Dairy Farmers?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A growing number of dairy farmers have been able to not only climb their way out of a failing industry, but also thrive by switching over to a profitable niche market: raw milk
  • Raw milk farmers can make higher profits while milking fewer cows and selling direct to consumers
  • Sales at Organic Pastures, the largest raw milk dairy in California, grew 18 percent from January 2018 to January 2019
  • As conventional milk farmers are shutting down, licenses for raw milk dairies climbed from six in 2006 in Washington state to 32 in 2019
  • Not only are you supporting your food freedom by sourcing your raw milk from a local farmer, but you’re also helping to support a family farm and the surrounding community

As corporations continue to take control of the food supply, small family farms are giving way to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) mass producing a surplus of poor-quality food. Conventional milk is a prime example. Milk surpluses have led the price of milk to plummet.

In Wisconsin, farmers are getting nearly 40 percent less for their milk than they were in 2014. Nearly 700 dairy farms closed in the state in 2018, most of them small operations.

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