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Got Milk? Yep, Way Too Much of It

US dairy farmers have dumped 43M gallons in just the first 8 months of 2016

(Newser) - There's way too much cheese in America, so it's logical there's also too much of the milk used to make it. Now US dairy farmers are remedying this by dumping their excess, to the tune of more than 43 million gallons in just the first eight months... More »

Pee for Profit: Cow Urine Can Outsell Milk in India

There are about 30 different ways to prepare the golden 'elixir'

(Newser) - Hindus revere cows as a symbol of life, including the liquid nourishment they provide—and not just the milk. Distilled urine from female cows has become a hot commodity in India, Bloomberg reports, said to bring in at least as much cash as the other kind of cow juice. And... More »

New Dairy Alternative: Pea Milk

It's coming to stores soon

(Newser) - A new alternative to cow milk comes from a source you wouldn't expect: peas. Ripple Foods is about to roll out the product nationally, first at Whole Foods and then at Target, reports . "It's creamy, sweet, and—don't worry—tastes nothing like peas,"... More »

Judge: Florida Can Label Skim Milk as 'Imitation Milk'

Unless there are added vitamins

(Newser) - Vindication for all the skim-milk haters out there: A federal judge ruled Florida is justified in labeling skim milk as "imitation milk product" if no vitamins are added to it, Consumerist reports. In 2012, the Florida Department of Agriculture told Ocheesee Creamery it had to start labeling its skim... More »

Lawmaker Insists His Raw Milk Isn't What Made Colleagues Sick

West Virginia officials are investigating

(Newser) - Some West Virginia lawmakers are dealing with a tough double-whammy: Not only are they recovering from a nasty flu-like illness, they're bearing the brunt of some serious Internet ridicule. A headline at Consumerist sums up why: "WV Lawmakers Legalize Raw Milk, Drink Raw Milk, Get Mysterious Stomach Bug.... More »

Brutal Texas-NM Blizzard Killed 35K Dairy Cows

They were buried alive, frozen, starved to death

(Newser) - A winter storm that slammed West Texas and eastern New Mexico during the last week of December turned out to be far worse than anyone predicted—especially for the region's dairy farmers, who say initial tallies indicate more than 35,000 cows died during the blizzard, the New York ... More »

Sick of Soy? Starbucks to Serve Coconut Milk

The non-dairy alternative will be available nationwide Feb. 17

(Newser) - Coconut milk is in, and Starbucks doesn't want to be too late to the party. The company will start offering the non-soy dairy alternative nationally on Feb. 17, charging 60 cents for the elevated-sounding Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk—the same as it charges for soy milk. USA ... More »

Next Hot 'Milk' Trend: Cashew Milk?

Silk releases 'creamy' new dairy substitute

(Newser) - For decades, Americans' go-to option for non-dairy milk was soy, but that has changed in recent years. Last year, almond milk took the crown from soy as the non-dairy king, and how: In August, Bloomberg Businessweek reported annual almond milk sales of $738 million for the 12 months ending July... More »

Coca-Cola's New Venture: Expensive Milk

Lactose-free 'Milka-Cola' will cost twice as much

(Newser) - With soda sales sagging, Coca-Cola is moving into the dairy business. It plans to offer milk with some big differences to the stuff now on supermarket shelves: For starters, it will cost twice as much. A Coke exec told a conference last week that the company's Fairlife will be... More »

Women, 3 Glasses of Milk a Day May Harm You

Study finds link between heavier intake, risk of death

(Newser) - Milk: It does a body good ... or does it? Though they say their findings should be interpreted cautiously, Swedish researchers have identified a correlation between heavier milk consumption and a higher mortality rate among women. Karl Michaelsson and his team tracked 61,433 women for an average of 20 years;... More »

Cows Really Don't Like Cowbells, Study Finds

At 113 decibels, the 12-pound bells can be as loud as chainsaws

(Newser) - Cowbell-clad cows are an iconic part of Swiss culture, but that doesn't mean the cows are happy about it. A new study out of the federal technology institute ETH Zurich studied 100-plus cows over a three-day period at 25 farms. Those who wore cowbells—some of which rang, some... More »

America Has a New Favorite Nut

That's an actual nut, not the politician who disagrees most with you

(Newser) - For decades, the peanut has reigned supreme, its popularity a league above the rest of the nuts (even though technically it's not a nut , but a legume). And while almonds have been growing in popularity faster than any other nut, it wasn't until recently that they finally surged... More »

America, Get Ready for 'A2 Milk'

Proponents say it's healthier than current variety, which is rich in A1 protein

(Newser) - Those sickened by US milk may not be lactose intolerant—in fact, if they were to head abroad, one in four might find the stuff easier to drink. That's because of a protein known as A1 that's typically predominant in the milk of Holstein cows, which are widespread... More »

Raw Milk Is No Better for the Lactose Intolerant

Researchers oppose popular belief

(Newser) - Among lactose-intolerant people—who make up some 30% of Americans, according to Medical Daily —raw milk has become a popular alternative to the pasteurized stuff. The FDA says it's no better for them, and it warns that raw milk can actually be fatal, Time reports. Are raw-milk advocates... More »

After 20 Years, Dairy Industry Dumps 'Got Milk?'

New 'Milk Life' campaign focuses on nutrition

(Newser) - After nearly 20 years, the dairy industry has decided its "Got Milk?" slogan is nearing the end of its shelf life. Amid slumping sales and stiff competition from the likes of almond milk, the Milk Processor Education Program has switched to a campaign called "Milk Life" that aims... More »

Whole Milk Linked to ... Skinny People?

Healthy dairy choices getting more complicated

(Newser) - Drinking fattier milk will make us fatter ourselves, right? Maybe not. New research reported by NPR suggests that whole milk is actually linked to lower weight. A study by Swedish experts found that, over a 12-year period, middle-aged men who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk... More »

Organic Milk Really Is Better for You

Grass diet boosts heart-friendly acids, researchers say

(Newser) - The jury is still out on the health benefits of organic food, but organic milk appears to have some genuine advantages over conventional milk, according to new research. Almost 400 samples of both kinds of milk found that the organic stuff, from cows grazed in grassy pastures, was richer in... More »

The Trick to Winning Nobel Prizes: Milk?

Neurologists link milk consumption to prizes

(Newser) - Got milk? Then you may have a better chance of winning a Nobel Prize, according to a letter published in Practical Neurology. In the letter, two neurologists speculate about a study last year that linked a nation's chocolate consumption to its Nobel-Prize stockpile. But what if it's really... More »

Why Milk Could Hit $8 a Gallon

Old law could be reinstated if Congress can't reach compromise

(Newser) - If Congress doesn't get its act together soon, old laws will cost all of America dearly—we're speaking, of course, of the Milk Cliff. If legislators don't take a break from fiscal cliff negotiations/posturing and pass a new farm bill by Jan. 1, the government will be... More »

Cheesemaking Goes Back 7.5K Years

Earliest pots used in process are found in modern Poland

(Newser) - Residents of what is now Poland figured out how to make cheese about 7,500 years ago, reports the BBC . Archeologists have determined that clay vessels unearthed near a river were used to separate curds from whey, a key step in the process. The finding is the earliest such proof... More »

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