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  • World Milk Day 2021.

    Milk; one of the drinks of paradise

    Milk takes a central position among all drinks; in the same league as honey, pure water, and non-alcoholic wine, and its most prolific producer; the cow, has a whole chapter named after it in the holy book.

    Milk is a nutrient-rich liquid food produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals, including breastfed human babies, before they are able to digest solid food and for cow milk; baby cows (calves).

    Livestock, mainly cows as well as sheep and goats are raised for commercial milk production and the way this is done in many cases raise a number of ethical questions.

    There are many who advocate the boycott of cow milk due to the inhumane conditions under which some of these animals are kept, but there is a better way.

    Humane treatment of cows & others
    When livestock is grass-fed, when livestock is pastured, when the milk is shared with the baby cows, so they are not deprived completely of nourishment from their mothers when the cows are not over milked or pumped with hormones so they produce milk beyond their natural rhythm, then we have milk that is wholesome and safe for human consumption too.

    Milk has an impressive nutritional profile.
    Milk contains a wide array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, good quality protein (with all the 9 essential amino acids), healthy fats, and antioxidants.

    Protein is necessary for many vital functions including growth and development, cell repair, and immune system regulation.
    It may help reduce age-related muscle loss and promote muscle repair after exercise.
    Drinking milk has long been associated with healthy bones.
    This is due to its powerful combination of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and (in grass-fed, full-fat dairy) vitamin K2.

    Studies suggest that consuming milk and dairy products may prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures.

    Whole milk as part of an healthy diet can aid weight loss.

    Milk Is a Versatile Ingredient

    It can be used fresh, evaporated, condensed, powdered, and skimmed, it can be made into cheese, whey, butter, and cream and it can be a key ingredient of cakes, biscuits, bread, and sauces. It can be added to smoothies as well as coffee, tea, and cereals.

    But milk is not for everyone
    Many people can’t tolerate milk because they’re unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. They can use milk alternatives especially plant-based options like almond, soy, and coconut milk.

    We celebrate cows and their friends and the milk they produce, we advocate for humane treatment of livestock so that we can share the wholesomeness of milk healthily and guilt free.




  • Bee engaged: Build Back Better for Bees.

    A little about bees…

    Bees are flying insects of the order Hymenoptera with over 20,000 different species in the world. They live in organized societies (colonies) for the collection of pollens and nectar and the production of honey and wax.

    There are 3 types of bees in each colony; the queen, the worker and the drone. All drones are male whilst the queen and her workers are females.

    The workers clean the hives, collect pollens and nectar and nurse the baby bees. The Queen lays the eggs and the drone die after fertilizing a queen. Old drones that return to the colony because they did not find a queen become a drain on the colony and would often be discarded by the workers.

    Bees are important and invaluable because they are essential to sustaining life. They pollinate flowers and crops and the honey produced has immense economic and health benefits, being the most important product of the hive .

    Honey should be haravested humanely, always leaving behind enough to sustain the colony. Honey is a healthier alternative to processed sugar due to its high content of anti oxidants and it is beneficial for the treatment of coughs, colds and wounds.

    Beeswax, the second important product of the hive is used in the manufacture of candles, wood and leather polish and artist’s materials. It is used also in pharmaceutical industry as drug carrier and binding agent.

    It is estimated that the human race will only survive for 5 years if bees were to disappear today.