Picture the 1950s family dairy farm

One of the things I've researched for my book while looking at the differences in diet is the change from the small family dairy farms to the industrial factory dairy farms of today.

A few years ago I was living in a rural setting with a small dairy farm down the road from me. At the current time they were a supplier for Oakhurst Dairy, an independent Maine dairy company. 

If you're not familiar with Oakhurst, they were sued by Monsanto in 2003, the company behind GMOs. Oakhurst pledged to not use rBST in their milk and labelled their products with "No Artificial Growth Hormone Used." Monsanto sued to silence them by attempting to force them to remove that simple fact from their packaging. Oakhurst prevailed, retaining the right to label their products but had to add a disclaimer.

What you don't see on the milk cartons at your store is a picture of the cows who produced your milk. Most companies would rather you didn't

In my opinion, from personal experience and my research,  healthy thinness must include overall fitness of self and our environment. And to eat like a lady of the 50s I try to support the companies that support the way of life closer to 1950 than 2012 when it comes to food.

The lovely scenes you see are photos of a local dairy farm "stuck in the past."


  1. I am so proud of the family at Oakhurst Farm for standing up for what they beleive is right! Happy cows - lovely milk!
    The pictures are really idyllic, it would be nice to see more farms that still look that way!

  2. I didn't realize the "warning" about rBST was due to Monsanto's political influence. There's a local 85 year old dairy that delivers in my area that has the warning too. I thought it was weird until I investigated the hormones and now buy only milk from naturally producing cows. We aren't big milk drinkers but on occasion I buy it for recipes.

    It's encouraging to hear about the underdogs in the food producing industry beating the big corporations!

    Sarah H


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