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Locally produced milk in south-west France is getting a name for itself with this brilliant and quirky enterprise: a milk vending machine! Dairy farmer Michel Cantaloube is the brains behind the venture, which provides unpasteurized milk 24 hours a day.

Imagine being able to pick up fresh, locally produced milk right from a vending machine? Well that’s exactly how some farmers in south-west France will be selling their milk going forward. Dairy farmer Michel Cantaloube is the brains behind the venture, which provides unpasteurized milk 24 hours a day. Customers can step up to the machine and buy just the right amount they need of raw milk (which is legal to sell in France) fresh from one of the farm’s 50 Holstein cows. It’s not clear whether the dispenser allows customers to refill their own vessels, an adaptation that would make this great independent and local project all the more sustainable.

Situated in Montauban, the milk farms produce milk under the Bleu Blanc Coeur label, a sustainable milk producing brand that promotes the health benefits of unpasteurized milk (they suggest that some lactose allergies are primarily reactions to the pasteurization process). The farms will soon also be expanding into greener pastures by producing a vending machine for unpasteurized yogurt which has a longer shelf-life and a large appeal. So far, the milk vending machines have been installed in France and also in some parts of neighbouring countries like the UK and Spain.

Via Cubeme

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  1. Mmunyui March 27, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I would like to know more about the French vending machine. Kindly e-mail me the contacts or call me on +254-977470 or mmunyui@yahoo.com

  2. GreatEmerald March 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Hmm… I have to admit that I haven’t seen much information on this subject. However, drinking milk on the whole feels unnatural to me – after all, humans are the only ones who do that, and even then it’s dependent on the location. There are plenty of lactose-intolerant people, and the tolerance tends to decrease as time goes. Generally even those who can drink milk are able to do so just because it was (rather forcefully) drunk throughout earlier generations, so that the enzymes survive for longer than they would under natural conditions. So while milk may be full of nutrients and all, it feels to me that we are not supposed to be using it as a source to begin with, and should be eating actual food that has those nutrients instead…

  3. UtterlyDivine March 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What a great concept! As far as worries voiced by GreatEmerald- fresh raw milk has more powerful healthy probiotics that would starve out any bad bacteria. There have been studies showing that introducing e-coli into raw milk, is completely gone within 24 hours because of the good bacteria. This would not be the case in a pasturized product however, which acts as a medium for all kinds of mayhem. This is just exactly what i’ve been looking for!

  4. Charlier1955 March 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    For anyone in the US who wants to get the truth about RAW MILK and where to get it. goto realmilk.com

  5. Oskar March 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Milk is kept at the temperature close to 0°C and changed every day. No chance to go bad.
    Two years ago we had the same experiment with many milk machines in Czech Republic but Chief Health Officer together with packaging corporations (xx pack) have started campaign against it. This led to lowering of interest among people who became scared of infections… Now there is just small number of these machines left making no profit for farmers.
    Too bad for Earth and people. Just more corruption, more money for corporations and more of diluted white liquid called milk.

  6. GreatEmerald March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Huh? How are they accomplishing that? There’s a cow in the dispenser, or what? Since if it’s not pasteurised, then various microorganisms and fungi are going to have a field day in that milk. Unless it produces frozen milk, or the milk is kept in a vacuum, or something of the sort.

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