While the majority of my blog is committed to bringing you original content – recipes, reviews, and general tips on being a sassy kitchen empress – every so often I come across really interesting, relevant articles that I want to share. Since keeping up-to-date on the latest food trends and news is very much a part of my own culinary life, I feel it more than appropriate to be sharing my findings with all of you. So, this will be the first post of its kind under a new category I have created called “Interesting Finds.” I would love any feedback you all have on this or any content in my blog.

Though I may not have expressed it before, I have a really deep belief in the health benefits of living a plant-based lifestyle. Raw foods in particular have been an interest in the most recent leg of my weight loss journey. Β I was recently catching up on my New Yorker subscription when I came across a really amazing article on an underground raw food collective in Los Angeles called “Rawesome” that was recently seized by the government for dealing raw milk products. Not only was I fascinated to read about the apparently remarkable benefits that reportedly come from consuming raw milk, but that those arrested were facing felony charges – FELONY! For selling milk!!! Β (Click on the photo to read the abstract – unfortunately one has to be a subscriber to read the whole thing).

Now I am not even going to attempt to recap the legal details – I am neither a reporter nor a lawyer. However, I will say that cases like these really strengthen my belief that the government has a very narrow-minded viewpoint on nutrition, which I daresay is largely dictated by lobbyists from huge food industries like dairy. Now it is true that there is little if any research to back up these purported miraculous benefits, but the accounts told in this article are so compelling that one would think that such research would be undertaken immediately. For example, one woman, a nurse, ignored her medical training and drove hours to acquire raw milk and meat at Rawesome for her son who exhibited extreme allergies, chemical sensitivity, and moodiness. Within three weeks of beginning a raw food regimen, she said he was a completely different child. Not to mention numerous other clients who were shopping to fight cancer, diabetes, and other ailments.

Needless to say, this article completely blew my mind, not only in discovering what potential benefits can come from eating unaltered animal products, but how vehemently the government seems to oppose it. If you can get your hands on a copy, I can’t recommend it more highly. This is surely not the last you will hear from me about raw food!

For more information, check out these related websites:

Organic Pastures
Raw Milk Institute
Raw Milk Facts

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Little Sis May 10, 2012 - 5:04 pm

I am experimenting with many more raw foods myself, but I have to admit, raw milk is not going to be on that list. I agree with you, however, that felony charges seem, well, like a waste of time that could be better spent on LOTS of other things. The most encouraging thing about the article that you’re sharing is that it exists, in the NEW YORKER. That’s some pretty amazing press for raw foods.

The Starving Artist May 10, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Hey Little Sis – glad to hear you’re using more raw foods. I understand your reservations about milk, particularly after all that we’re raised to believe about hygiene, etc. I just added some links at the bottom of my post that make some compelling arguments for raw milk. I’m definitely going to try some for myself and will post about it here. Meanwhile thanks as always for stopping by and for commenting!

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