At Neighbors, we believe real food is good food. We’re sure that performing little or no processing is important to maintaining the nutritional value of food. Whole food is a natural consequence of minimal processing. From these beliefs, we arrive at whole milk, both raw and pasteurized, as being an important component of healthy foods.
There is a great deal of controversy around raw milk. We, at Neighbors Market, sell raw milk based on these principles:
- What you put in your body is not the government’s, nor anyone else’s, business. This is especially true when it comes to food.
- All animals should be treated humanely all the time.
The companies we choose to do business with adhere to principles of sustainability in their land stewardship and animal husbandry.
There is not a health benefit derived from homogenizing milk. Therefore, we do not carry homogenized milk. We do believe nearly all foods are healthier the less processed they are. We also think, esthetically, natural food variation adds to its enjoyment.
Yes, raw milk is legal for retail sale in Washington. This is a very good thing. Dairies that sell raw milk are heavily inspected and must meet very stringent cleanliness standards. We think ALL DAIRIES SHOULD MEET THESE STANDARDS, raw or pasteurized. How about it, Department of Agriculture?
Pasteurization kills bacteria that could make you sick if you ingest it. Pasteurization is known to kill the deadly bacteria that can be present in milk. Arguably, pasteurization also kills important enzymes, vitamins, proteins and other nutritionally valuable components.