This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes journalist David Gumpert to the show for a candid conversation about raw milk. Raw milk is considered milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized and has become the subject of contentious debate. David is the author of “The Raw Milk Answer Book” which raises raises difficult questions surrounding this controversial food – about the risk of getting seriously ill, whether it should be fed to children, the credibility of European research indicating raw milk has important healing powers – and answers them in calm, non-ideological terms, understandable to beginners and experienced drinkers alike. So, what’s the real story here? Tune in as Erin and David parse through the history, politics, science and practicalities of raw milk. This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

“Raw milk can be risky, can be dangerous, if it’s not produced safely.” [5:35]

“Part of the problem with this arena of raw milk is the data is very difficult to examine in a clear way.” [23:50]

“We now have about half a dozen studies out of Europe that suggest raw milk imparts benefits, especially to children, it imparts protection against asthma and allergies.” [29:50]

David Gumpert on The Farm Report