A new study on lactose tolerance among early farmers in Spain challenges a leading theory that humans developed an appetite for milk to avoid calcium deficiency.
January 29, 2014 The latest twist in this evolutionary whodunnit has us questioning whether the lack of vitamin D from the sun played any role in our complicated, sometimes dangerous, love affair with milk. New DNA analysis of ancient farmers from sunny Spain suggests that this theory may have gone sour.
Cows graze in a pasture at the University of New Hampshire's organic dairy farm in Lee, N.H., Sept. 27, 2006.
December 10, 2013 Organic milk contains about 62 percent more omega-3s than milk from cows on conventional dairy farms, a new U.S.-based study finds. To get the full boost of these healthful fatty acids, you'll need to drink whole milk.
Sticker shock in the dairy aisle? If the government fails to pass the farm bill, milk prices could spike sometime after the first of the year.
December 4, 2013 House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don't reach agreement, the nation faces going over "the dairy cliff" – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.
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Madison Fitzgerald, 20, holds her baby, Jake, in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Jake, who was born 16 weeks too early, receives donor breast milk every three hours by mouth.
November 27, 2013 The push to get women to breast-feed has been so successful that many mothers who can't do it are looking for other mothers' extra milk. Milk banks that pasteurize and sell donated breast milk have sprung up. Informal online swapping of extra mother's milk has become popular, despite quality concerns.
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October 28, 2013 These days teenagers shun milk and reach for the energy drinks. That doesn't bode well for their bones, since most of the adult skeleton is built between ages 9 and 14. Calcium and vitamin are crucial, but perhaps the most surprising ingredient for strong bones is exercise.
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Researchers are learning more about how to treat milk allergy by giving kids a small amount of milk protein, but it needs further study.
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July 1, 2013 Scientists have completed the first long-term study of children allergic to milk who were treated with an experimental therapy based on giving them small doses of the very food that made them sick. Three to five years after the treatment, some kids remained free of allergic symptoms. But for others, severe reactions to milk had resumed.
June 27, 2013 New research reveals that about 1/3 of children with food allergies are bullied specifically because of those allergies. Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with a pediatric allergist on this topic, as well as a mother and daughter who, together, have coped with food bullying.
Parents are currently advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk at age 2.
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March 20, 2013 Parents are routinely advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk, a move many assumed would help protect kids against becoming overweight. But a new study is the latest of several to find that kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.
Thousands of years ago, a mutation in the human genome allowed many adults to digest lactose and drink milk.
December 28, 2012 Thousands of years ago, ancient farmers gained the ability to consume milk as adults without getting an upset stomach. A remarkable mutation let some of them digest lactose sugar. But scientists still puzzle over why that mutation persisted and became prevalent in modern humans.
Dairy farmer Bob Andrews feeds heifers in the same barn his grandfather used. He says today "the harder you work, the further you get behind."
December 5, 2012 The expiration of the farm bill has left dairy farmers without a milk pricing program — and a safety net. While all farmers are watching closely, milk producers face an environment where cow feed costs more than cow milk.
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European dairy farmers spray police officers with milk during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday.
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November 28, 2012 Our complicated relationship with milk may make images of this week's EU dairy farmers' protest more powerful than, say, if they sprayed police with water. For much of human history, says historian Deborah Valenze, we've wavered between reverence and revulsion for the stuff.
Laura Chase, a member of the MOOMilk dairy cooperative, sweeps her barn in a film still from documentary, Betting The Farm.
June 25, 2012 Ten small-scale milk farmers in Maine formed a cooperative to face mounting market pressures, but can an alternative business model save the family industry? A new documentary premiered in Silver Spring, Md. last Friday tells the story.
To make yogurt with an heirloom starter, add freeze-dried starter or a spoonful of yogurt to fresh milk.
May 1, 2012 Yogurt enthusiasts are rediscovering heirloom yogurt starters, many of which originated in countries with long traditions of yogurt-making. These bacterial cultures, which live on milk, can regenerate in one batch after another.
A Safeway customer shops for milk in Livermore, Calif.
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January 3, 2012 There's not enough organic milk, especially in states like Florida and Georgia. Inputs — like organic grain and hay for animals — are now dramatically more expensive for farmers. That means organic dairy cows are getting less food and producing less milk.
A customer studies a display of milk and dairy products at Bryan's Grocery in San Francisco in March.
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November 1, 2011 Most adults can't digest milk sugar: It's a recent genetic adaptation most common in northern Europe. The food industry has come up with enzyme supplements and lactose-free products for those who want to enjoy ice cream without a tummy ache. But not all supplements have what it takes.
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