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Skim Milk Straight From The Cow

New reports are telling tales of greener pastures filled with herds of cows producing skimmed milk.

Right now the process of getting skim (or non-fat) milk involves removing fat from the milk. Many feel this leaves an unsatisfactory taste and lots of fatty waste. Scientists in New Zealand have discovered that some cows have genes that give them a natural ability to produce skimmed milk and plan to use this information to breed herds of milkers producing only skimmed milk. The approach may also be used to breed cows that still produce full-fat milk but with only the good fats (unsaturated fats), which could bring full-fat milk back into the spotlight. I'm not a big butter user, but they also want to use special cows to produce butter that spreads right out of the refrigerator.

Unfortunately a commercial herd on skim milk cows is not expected until about 2011 so until then, if you're a milk drinker, it's back to regular old milk from regular old cows.


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kgtg1 kgtg1 10 years
There is absolutely no reason to drink cow milk, period. The Dairy industry lies to us. The calcium in milk is negligible. There are some really good books about milk and all the diseases it has been known to cause. It is scary...
Calimie Calimie 10 years
I'm with facin8me. Hormones and antibiotics in milk and meat are far more dangerous. As for skimmed milk having a weird taste? Well, it's so the first times you try it, once you get used to it, it's whole milk the one with the weird taste. All this milk talks makes me crave a full cold glass of it, perfect for the summer heat!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
I actually think this is really cool. They're not creating an "artificial species" (as suggested above)- they're simply going to breed cows with naturally occurring variants of a gene. It essence, it's like dog breeding but instead of getting a poodle you get a cow that produces mile with less fat. I'm not concerned with pasteurization of milk making it unnatural (I mean, how many of us live by've got to kill the bacteria introduced during the milking process so they don't grow on the way to the grocery store). I'm more concerned with the hormones and such given to the cows and the conditions in which the cows live.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
nikolem2, I must admit that I absolutely agree with you. But I love to bake and soy milk just doesn't cut it when I bake. And I can't imagine a world without cheese.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
In light of this article, I think the picture of the cow is so adorable!
verily verily 10 years
I really dislike the notion of creating an artificial species of skim milk producing cows.
nikolem2 nikolem2 10 years
Milk is a big interest topic of mine. It's my firm belief that if milk was really the health food it is touted to be, then it'd be healthy straight from the cow--not with the fat removed, after pasteurization and homogenization, and after other nutrients are added so we can actually absorb its calcium. It's pretty crazy to think that humans are the only animals that drink milk from another animal--it's alwasy seemed bizarre that we ween babies from breastmilk and begin giving them processed cow's milk instead. IF humans really needed the nutrients in milk, they'd get it from human milk while breastfeeding, not from other animals as children, teens and adults, kwim? Just some thoughts to spur on the conversation. :-D
millarci millarci 10 years
I think I feel the same way as ReverendZelda. Plus I'm fine with the skim milk. Once I was given 1% milk instead of skim and I was so used to the taste of skim that I thought I was given whole milk! lol! :)
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 10 years
I'm not quite sure how I fell about using genetics to make a skim milk herd... I keep thinking about it, then about the talking cows from the soy milk commercials.
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