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Milk quality, milk availability in India, Nutritious quality of milk in India, Milk sector growth prospects
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  Milk in India (Subodh Kumar, Emailsubodh1934@gmail.com) It is said that the best government is that which governs the least. Itcould not be more true than, in case of all food products particularly Milk and Milk products. For all industrial goods, theQuality and Safety of the product is ideally built in to the 'System'.And the system itself should ensure best safety and quality practices with minimum surveillance and administrativeintervention.In a humble way I seek your indulgence to consider thissubmission on Milk in India and with its addedsocialdimensions. India's Natural Milk Advantage 1. Live stock populationIndia has the largest livestock population in the world.2. Potential for very high demand of Milk Milk enjoys traditionally very high USP among Indian masses because India is predominantly a vegetarian nation. Accordingto FAO study Indian whileavailability of milk is 232 Ml, but theconsumption of liquid milk is only 100 Ml per capita.Depending upon availability and affordability of Milk, India's per capita milk consumption can go up many times higher. Thisrepresents the great potential strength of India's economy anddomestic milk market to build upon.Milk production enhancement offers the fastest and mosteconomical way to improve nation's GDP. 1  3. Cow Milk has Great Social Significance in India andbased on scientific reasons, would easily justify a higherprice than any other milk.  3.1 BCM7 Free A2 Milk- the 'good' milk Bos Indicus Cows, the native Indian breeds of cows represent theworld's largest potential source of 'good' A2 type BCM7 free (BetaCasomorphine 7) milk for the world. While in short term dairyexperts the world over may ostensibly choose to ignore or question the New Zealand research hypothesis on quality of milk, but it can not be denied that there is overwhelming medicalevidence weighted in flavor of BCM7 free A2 milk.The current market price of A2 milk (milk of Indian breeds of cows) in Australia is Rs28 per liter as compared to Rs11 per liter for A1 commonly made available dairy milk It will be very short sighted on the part of Indian Milk planners tocontinue to ignore this natural commercial and social advantagewith Milk of Indian breeds of cows. The practical wisdom of Dairyfarmers the world over, is motivating them to quietly convert their entire herd to A2 milk producing herds. The cross breeding policies that were being followed for the cattle in the last fiftyyears are being reviewed in light of this A1-A2 milk hypothesis.US experts have already begun talking about a ten years plan tomodify genetically their Holstein Fresian breeds in to A2 milk  producing breed, by replacing amino acid Histedine with Prolineat the 67 th position of DNA..Let not our Indian planners be led on the garden path of worldmilk bodies raising doubts about A2 milk theory. We should also be aware that quietly every Dairy nation is planning a change in itsherd breeding policies. It is only a matter of time (say ten years) 2  when India will be suddenly presented with a very large A2 milk  production all over the world. 3.2 Desirable unsaturated fats are in Cow milk  Researches at NDRI have shown that Cow's milk has higher  proportion of desirable unsaturated fatty acids (Omega3 & CLA)than Buffalo's milk.For vegetarians ie majority of Indian people, Cow's milk is themost ecologically viable natural source of good fatty acid Omega3in human diets.( Discovery about greater significance of Omega3in human nutrition is just about a few years old.) Omega3incidentally is the only natural source from which human bodymakes DHA (Decosa Hexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Ecosa PentaenoicAcid) which not only are said to constitute 70% of human brain butalso ensure good eye sights, and energy for the nervous systems.Along with milk from green fed cows, fish being the other sourceof natural Omega3.Herein lies the secret that Indians who wereover the millennia brought up on these two dietary elements viz.Cow milk and fish. (for those living near water bodies), and arestill acknowledged to have the best brains in the world.Other Omega3 sources are Flax seeds and Chia seeds. But unlikemilk or fish in diets, these seeds can not be expected to meetOmega 3 requirements of an entire community.3.3 Cow milk has 'Vitamin D' advantage.Cow is called dubhakta lover of sunshine in Vedas, as againstbuffalo which can hardly stand sunshine. Thus there is noVitamin D in buffalo milk. 3  (Vitamin D Miracles) - quoted from internet  Sunlight and vitamin D are critical to all life forms. Standard textbooks state that the principal function of vitamin D is to promote calcium absorption in the gut and calcium transfer acrosscell membranes, thus contributing to strong bones and a calm,contented nervous system. It is also well recognized that vitamin Daids in the absorption of magnesium, iron and zinc.Vitamin D also enhances the uptake of toxic metals like lead,cadmium, aluminum and strontium if calcium, magnesium and  phosphorus are not present in adequate amounts. Receptors for vitamin D are found in most of the cells in the bodyand research during the 1980s suggested that vitamin Dcontributed to a healthy immune system, promoted muscle strength, regulated the maturation process and contributed tohormone production. During the last ten years, researchers have made a number of exciting discoveries about vitamin D. They have ascertained, for example, that vitamin D is an antioxidant that is a more effectiveantioxidant than vitamin E in reducing lipid per oxidation and increasing enzymes that protect against oxidation.Vitamin D deficiency decreases biosynthesis and release of insulin. Glucose intolerance has been inversely associated with theconcentration of vitamin D in the blood. Thus, vitamin D may protect against both Types I and Type II diabetes.The risk of senile cataract and Macular degeneration with age isreduced in persons with optimal levels of D and carotenoids. 4
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