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24/7 Raw Milk Dispenser (French Tale)

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Michel Cantaloube, dairy farmer in Montauban, France, with one of his 50 Holstein cows. He has no intention of ever growing his herd and increasing his milk production.

One of only two dairy farms in the vicinity of Montauban, the picturesque town where I grew up (disclaimer!), La Ferme des Tilleuls has been producing milk for 30 years. Its practices are certified sustainable and health-promoting with the Bleu Blanc Coeur label. Established in 2000, this independent label guarantees that the farm’s 50 Holstein cows are well-treated, receive no growth hormones or antibiotics, and are fed only natural products that enhance their health and pack their milk with Omega-3. ” ‘Healthy animals, healthy human beings’, that’s what we believe,” says Michel Cantaloube.

He adds: “Many customers have come to me to share that, after years of staying clear of milk because of a perceived lactose intolerance, they’re enjoying my raw milk with no side effect. They’ve come to realize that they were never allergic to lactose per se but to the compromised product that is pasteurized milk.”

Most likely, the success story doesn’t end here. La Ferme des Tilleuls is the preferred provider of some local restaurants, including La Pays’ Anne, the famous ‘farm-diner’ opened last year in Montauban by MasterChef Winner Anne Alassane. As a result, it got a special mention in her recipe book published last May.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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12:38AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Dear milk producers,

we are Polish producer of raw milk vending machines.
We can sell You very good quality with very good price.
If You interested in this way of selling raw milk or any other farm products (cottage cheese, eggs, cream etc), don’t hasitatet to conntact with me. I will send You more information with prices.
You can find us on alibaba (search for company MILKMAT).
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Konrad Pszowski
MILKMAT

12:31AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Dear milk producers,

we are Polish producer of raw milk vending machines.
We can sell You very good quality with very good price.
If You interested in this way of selling raw milk or any other farm products (cottage cheese, eggs, cream etc), don’t hasitatet to conntact with me. I will send You more information with prices.
You can find us on alibaba (search for company MILKMAT).
http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/121021336/MILKMAT_MIDI_v1_1_mlekomat_.html

mob +48 600 831 210
konrad.pszowski@milkmat.pl

Konrad Pszowski
MILKMAT

9:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/23/1919106/wash-creamery-recalls-raw-milk.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/16/1908676/california-recalls-quarantines.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/24/1919403/cozy-vale-creamery-raw-milk-products.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/25/1920189/contamination-spurs-recall-of.html

Enjoy your poison..

2:19PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

wow, that's great

4:02AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Well done to Mr. Cantaloube! I hope he reaches his goal and is an inspiration to small farmers everywhere. My mother gets raw milk from her local dairy in Wales. Buying local produce is a great way to support the members of your community.

10:55AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

How awesome! I wish America were this forward thinking.

10:56AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

buying from this vending machine still means paying the taxman, and making profits for Leclerc.
In my Village (Thones), there are vending machines set up by the dairy farmers' co-op. They put the milk in every morning, they pay no supermarket to sell it for them, and the tax is minimal when you cut out the middle man.

1:42AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Cow milk is for cows.

Cow milk is NOT good for humans.

You don't even need to drink milk on a regular basis because you get plenty of calcium from a wide variety of other food sources. EX: You can get calcium from Orange juice.

12:47PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Blend of tradition, science and new technology. Thanks for the story.

1:59PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

@Emilykin I.
Unfortunately, the sale of raw milk IS illegal in Ontario and in the rest of Canada--has been since 1991: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_milk#Canada
Here is a petition that challenges the current legislation: http://naturalmilk.org/
Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt tried to circumvent the law by setting up a "cowshare", whose members would be legally allowed to consume the milk of the cows they "own". His example has been followed elsewhere, especially in the US. Last month, however, he was found guilty of 15 of the 19 charges brought against him.

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