Bovine awareness

Better milk, better meat

March 14, 2013

The latest dairy science news? Milk from grass-fed cows is better for you than milk from feedlot cows.

“Cows on a diet of fresh grass produce milk with five times as much of an unsaturated fat called conjugated linoleic acid than cows fed processed grains,” reported a Harvard study comparing heart-attack rates and CLA dietary rates.

The upshot? The higher your CLA, the lower your risk of having a heart attack.

The problem, of course, is that most cows aren’t raised on grass anymore; instead, we’re intensively raising cows for meat as well as milk, a problem that the Slow Food organization recently tackled with a downloadable pamphlet titled "Too Much at Steak."

“The pleasure that food can bring is being undermined by the harm, hunger, damage to human health and animal welfare concerns caused by the intensive production model,” noted Slow Food’s press materials for the meat guide.

And that’s the underlying argument of both the CLA crowd and Slow Food: Healthy animals help humans stay healthy, too.

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