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Breast Milk Cheese Update

A few days ago, Meg over at Megnut talked about the woman attempting to make “human cheese” with her own supply of frozen breast milk. Her attempt failed, but fret not, human cheese fans…Slog has directed me to this page, which has the opening paragraph:

Fondée en 1947, la fromagerie Cosma a su retrouver la richesse d’une tradition fermière ancestrale Ardennaise oubliée jusqu’alors. En effet, le Petit Singly, le seul fromage au lait maternel de femme, est longtemps resté dans l’ombre des spécialités fromagères plus ordinaires à base de lait de vache, de chèvre, ou de brebis.

Which, once thrown into babelfish, turns out thusly:

Founded in 1947, the Cosma cheese dairy knew to find the richness of a farm tradition ancestral Ardennaise forgotten hitherto. Indeed, Small Singly, the only cheese with the mother’s milk of woman, remained a long time in the shade of the more ordinary cheese-making specialities containing ewe or goat, cow’s milk.

(emphasis mine, btw)

Okay, two things – one, would those of you who have far more experience with the French language verify the translation. And two – I personally didn’t think it was chemically possible.

Finally, before I eat any breast milk cheese, I have a few questions. Did all the milk come from one woman or did several contribute to the process. And I want to know exactly what the woman/women ate before hand. Did they eat a lot of salads? Or did they subsist off of pickles and saurkraut?

I’m just a girl who loves evaporated milk.

Seriously, I do.

evaporated milk gets its closeup


Raw Milk

There’s an article on Salon about Raw Milk (warning: Nag ad click-thru needed) which should not be missed for those interested in said topic. There’s so much to talk about within the piece, that it would be impossible to cover it all in one post here.

Instead, I’m going to quote the item that caught my attention:

Meanwhile, the FDA has just announced that it’s safe to eat meat and drink milk from cloned animals. In such an Orwellian universe, where raw milk from cows that have two biological parents is considered dangerous, while pasteurized milk from cloned cows is safe.

I flip flop a fair amount on raw milk — I don’t believe it’s a drink that should be taken for granted. I have little doubt that the tasteless pasteurized milk is a safer product, especially if industrial dairies ever decided to get into the raw milk business.

Within the article, there’s a raw milk comparison to Sushi which I think is apt. A dairy farmer that has skills equivalent to those a Sushi chef, or heck, even a decent fish monger, would have enough experience to limit risk in the drinking of raw milk. Given proper attention to sanitary conditions, and respect for the cows and their environment and upbringing, I think a safe product could be brought to market. The amount of work and resources needed to create such a product would make it an expensive one, especially when taking the sort shelf life of the milk into account.

But in the real world, I don’t think the USDA or FDA would ever allow it. The primary influence upon food standards is what works best for industrial farms and dairies. And what works best for industrial farms is often counter-intuitive for the local small farms.

At any rate, there’s a fair amount of interesting bits in the piece. As a side note, this quote…

“Milk is big business. When you think milk, think Exxon.”

…is spot on. Or more to the point – Dean’s Dairy is to milk as Exxon is to Oil. In my opinion, they are THAT ruthless in their pursuit of profits.

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FDA looks to approve cloned meat and milk

From the newswire:

The government said Tuesday it is moving closer to approving meat and milk from cloned animals, drawing protests from consumer groups.

The Bush administration is currently reviewing Food and Drug Administration plans to regulate cloned animals and food derived from them, the agency said in a statement. A draft of the plans should be released by the end of the year, FDA said.

I have no idea on whether this is a good idea or not. As always, the trick is to ensure the safety of any product…and that means to the environment as well as to the consumer who eats the stuff. The problem is that testing is often one of the primary aspects of product development that is cut in order to save money (all you have to do is look at Monsanto for proof of that).

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Why Does Industrial Dairy dislike Raw Milk?

What is it about raw milk that makes Big Dairy’s stomach turn?

What is it about? Money – Money disguised as health concerns.

First off, let’s be clear – there are health issues surrounding unpasteurized milk. The question I have us thus – if unpasteurized milk is treated with proper diligence (proper shelf life is kept, temperature kept below 40 fegrees F), is Raw milk any more dangerouse than eggs or shellfish? No one can seem to answer that.

But back to the money – Here’s why Raw milk is not considered a viable product for the industrial dairy industry.

  • The smaller the shelf life of any product, the more tenuous the profit margin of that product.
  • To ensure the safety of the milk, it would cost money to implement both processes and equipment.
  • It would cost money to add liability insurance to cover any health episode that might occur.

I could list several other reasons, but I think the point is made.

The next question I have is this – is it in industrial dairy’s interest to keep raw milk from becoming a viable alternative? Not at the moment. The raw milk movement is unorganized and fights many laws and perceptions that are both valid and invalid.

Via Megnut

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Horizon Organic is Not Organic

But of course we’ve known that for some time now, right?

Finally, some folks in the food industry are starting to take notice and take action.

PCC Natural Markets will stop carrying milk products from the country’s largest organic dairy company, Horizon Organic, next month because it doubts that the products meet organic standards.

PCC’s biggest concern is that some cows are not receiving enough pasture time, “but there are a lot of other things that have been alleged that need to be investigated officially,” said Goldie Caughlan, PCC’s nutrition-education manager and a former member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic standards board.

PCC is a Food Co-op here in the Seattle area. Their sales method is more akin to that of a supermarket. As far as reputations go, theirs is very well-respected. So when they say “Horizon isn’t what we want”, others in the industry will likely take notice.

Good for them, I say. Playing fast and loose with Organic Standards goes against the initial ideals that the organic movement was founded upon. To call out Horizon Dairy on their bullshit is exactly what is needed.

It’s also the one of the first shots across the bow of the industrial organic companies from those who seek to hold to the movements initial ideals, at least in the financial sense. Yes, some people have talked a good game, but the only way to hold industrial organic accountable is in the one place where it counts — their bottom line.

However, I would not be surprised if Horizon and their associated dairies retaliated in some way, probably legal. There’s going to be a battle for the soul of the Organic Movement. And I think this was only the first out of many future skirmishes.

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Organic Milk Update

One of the major contentions within the Organic movement is how some companies are stretching the definition of what “organic” should be. Milk is a prime example of this, where dairy cows are supposed to have access to pasture. Unfortunately, several companies operate under the letter of the law, but not the spirit of it, by ensuring that there’s an access, but no cows crossing the threshold of the access.

Nice, huh?

Gristmill is reporting that this may change here in the near future, with the USDA’s National Organic Program will address this very issue.

the NOP is now considering a proposed regulation that would require all organic dairy farms to meet a certain standard for letting their cows out into pasture. Current USDA regulations only require that organic cows have “access to pasture,” which, says (Samuel) Fromartz, “is akin to requiring a gym membership without mandating regular visits to the gym.”

Big Dairy clearly doesn’t like this, but smaller dairies do, because it will seperate their product from the likes of Horizon. If you’re looking for the first big battle between small organic versus industrial organic, this would be it.

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