January 16, 2011
Organic Milk Against Global Warming

Who knew? What will organic apples do? Organic meat?

Wetter, cooler summers can have a detrimental effect on the milk we drink, according to new research published by Newcastle University.

Researchers found milk collected during a particularly poor UK summer and the following winter had significantly higher saturated fat content and far less beneficial fatty acids than in a more 'normal' year.

But they also discovered that switching to organic milk could help overcome these problems. Organic supermarket milk showed higher levels of nutritionally beneficial fatty acids compared with 'ordinary' milk regardless of the time of year or weather conditions.

In the comments if anyone takes this report seriously I will get very cross with you. Yes, it is a real research report.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 January 16 11:12 PM  Climate Adaptation


Comments
BioBob said at January 17, 2011 3:14 AM:

"Low levels of omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids were discovered in some of these brands, which are indicative of a diet low in fresh grass. These samples also showed evidence of the cows being supplemented with a saturated fat product derived from palm oil."

“Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream.”

William S. Gilbert

gnolls dot org said at January 17, 2011 3:26 AM:

Lower levels of n-3 fats are indeed less good, but saturated fat is not bad for you. That's a myth, it has never been true, and we need to stop its propagation right now because it's making people eat unhealthy seed oils instead of healthy animal fats.

Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/ajcn.2009.27725v1

"Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD."

bbartlog said at January 17, 2011 2:08 PM:

I'm not clear... what part of this do you expect people to not take seriously? The headline is clearly retarded (organic production probably involves more resources, thus contributing to AGW), but the actual report seems perfectly sound. Banal even, I would have been surprised at a different result.

Connie McKnight said at January 17, 2011 3:03 PM:

The report mentioned decrease in fatty acids, but what about the additional nutritional value of drinking organic milk?

Randall Parker said at January 17, 2011 6:12 PM:

bbartlog,

That someone would have done a study on whether organic milk will be better than regular milk after global warming just strikes me as ridiculous. Really, the ice in Greenland and Antarctica could melt putting a substantial chunk of Britain (where this study was done) underwater. But switch to drinking organic milk? I mean, why think about this?

BioBob said at January 17, 2011 11:15 PM:

what AGW ?? For that matter, exactly how much warming did you think there was, never mind if there was any anthropogenic component to it?

did you really think that a fraction of a degree increase in temps was significant in milk production vs feeding cows their "extra-special-super-feed" of COW BRAINS and PALM NUT HUSKS AND OIL ? Gimme a break. We are in a global interglacial period likely much like many other previous ones, probably not as warm as it was a few thousand years ago and it could switch back into another global ice age at any time and you are all worried about a fraction of a degree oscillation much like hundreds of previous ones but not with as much amplitude ? I don't want to say it, but anyone who IS is a moron.

PacRim Jim said at January 17, 2011 11:52 PM:

What, then, is inorganic milk?

In said at January 18, 2011 6:14 PM:

Hey, don't knock this study. When civilization collapses and we all return to nomadic animal husbandry, it will be important to know the fatty acid profiles of our milk.

BioBob said at January 18, 2011 6:42 PM:

Yes, indeed yes, and more importantly, the profile of the milk of human kindness as well.

jdkchem said at January 19, 2011 5:55 PM:

"What, then, is inorganic milk?"

Milk of Magnesia?

William O. B'Livion said at January 21, 2011 2:32 AM:

@Randal:
"That someone would have done a study on whether organic milk will be better than regular milk after global warming just strikes me as ridiculous. Really, the ice in Greenland and Antarctica could melt putting a substantial chunk of Britain (where this study was done) underwater. But switch to drinking organic milk? I mean, why think about this?"

They weren't doing a study on the effects of globull warming on organic v.s. non- production, they were doing a study on the nutritional content of organic v.s. non-organic milk, and (I'll bet) used the global warming hook to get some extra grant money. Even if it wasn't for the grant, it makes them sound more relevant, and gets their study a wider audience.

BioBob said at January 21, 2011 2:04 PM:

hehe, but William, that's the point of global warming in its entirety. mention global warming -> get money -> WIN !

Randall Parker said at January 21, 2011 11:50 PM:

William O. B'Livion,

I guess I didn't consider that possibility because the idea of knowing which foods are healthier to eat and drink right now seems a far more compelling message than "well, if the polar ice caps melt here's how to drink and eat healthy".

Al said at January 22, 2011 6:45 PM:

its all about the feed...here in Calif. they used to advertise something in Dairy magazines called Copro-Pro(?) and it was of course, re-processed cow sh#t, since there is still undigested "nutrition" in the cr@p...also, organic fed cows will often be allowed to graze on pasture, which has been shown to improve the vitamin and EFA profile of the milk, whereas the typical factory farm dairy in southern California feeds their cows any number of different commodities such as almond hulls, bakery waste, grape pomace, tomato pomace and god knows what else...as well as the usual stale #2 corn thats brought in by the train load out of the midwest...some of these commodities are healthy such as rice bran but most of can't compete with fresh pasture...

btw, they already know that "grass-fed beef" has a much different(better) EFA profile than the typical feedlot(cornfed) beef also....not too surprising..

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