What did I learn this week?

The return of the real milk

This week marked the happy start of a new lactation cycle for Nell, our cowshare Jersey.  I can’t believe how much I missed having real milk to drink.  As I was sitting there drinking my glass of milk, I thought about how really fortunate I was to know exactly where it was coming from, and how the animal who had produced it was being looked after.  Not only that, I know that my participation as a shareholder is directly supporting a local farmer, something else to be proud of.

It also made me think about how many women are so careful about everything they eat or drink when they are breastfeeding, but in most cases, don’t think twice about serving a glass of commercially mass produced cow’s milk to their children once they are old enough to drink it.

What makes people think that it is important that a breastfeeding mom is careful to eat properly and to not ingest unnecessary drugs to preserve the quality of the milk, but not important to do the same for cows who are producing the milk they drink?

Did you know that 75% of the antibiotics used in the US are used on livestock?  I would be shocked if the rate were any lower in Canada.  Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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