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What is A2 Milk?

Touch the Soil News #1007 (Feature photo – A2 Milk in Containers – GNU Free Doc License) A2 milk is regular cow milk less a protein that is claimed to cause stomach issues. Right now the largest hurdle facing A2 milk – despite claims that it is better for you – is conflicts of interest. It has become a battle over money and there are indications that science is being bent (compromised) by parties in favor of A2 and parties opposing A2. The following video clips attempt to sort out the truth – wherever that truth may be. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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What Should Be Done?

Touch the Soil News #671 (feature photo – USDA) Folks in Oregon are in an uproar over the recent Oregon DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) decision to permit a new 30,000 head dairy. The dairy is located in Eastern Oregon (Boardman) about 10 miles from the Columbia River. The Columbia River is the largest river on the West Coast that drains waters from millions of square miles into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon. The Oregon DEQ has reported over 4,200 comments from the public, many of them in protest. Boardman is in a rural and remote area far from the majority of Oregon’s population centered around Portland. To be…

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Got Milk?

Touch the Soil News #532 Rumors are that America’s largest milk processor, Dean Foods, has become the target of a takeover bid by Chinese Hangzhou Wahaha Group. The Financial Times reports that the Hangzhou Wahaha Group is approaching banks in Hong Kong to finance the acquisition of Dean Foods. Dean Foods is the largest processor and distributor of fluid milk to grocery stores in the United States. Dean Foods has 70 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and approximately 17,000 employees. Primary milk brands include Meadow Gold, Land O’ Lakes, Pet, Garflick, Oak Farms, Alta Dena, TruMoo and some 30 other brands. While overall consumption of milk products such as…

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Will Home Gardeners Ever Produce Their Own Milk?

Touch the Soil News #408 Chances are they will not. But if they did, they might do it organically. Since fluid milk and its families of products such as cheese and yogurt are in many of the foods we buy, the universe of milk in general and organic milk in specifics is of impact to us all. The largest purveyor of organic milk owns a brand that we are all familiar with – Organic Valley. What makes them different is that they are a cooperative of small dairy families around the nation. The actual name of the cooperative is “Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools (CROPP).” CROPP had its beginnings…

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