Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Today is world milk day… why that should matter to Caymanians…

World Milk Day was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization to celebrate milk as an important global food.

Ok… ok… so no one in Cayman is going to break out the trumpets, shakers and pom-poms to celebrate this specially designated day, which happens to be today— June 1.

But we should!

Did you know that Cayman imported almost $3 million USD worth of milk between 2018 and 2019? There are clearly a lot of babies, cereal eaters and “milk-does-a-body-good-one-glass-a-day” drinkers on these three islands who should be doing some dancing today.

And for the rest of you, without milk, there would be no butter to put on your Johnny cakes, no butter for your Cayman-style lobster and a missing ingredient in your macaroni pudding,

And what about all of the delicious milk products that Caymanians love so much, such as ice cream, yoghurts and cheeses?

In celebration of World Milk Day, here are 12 fun facts for my milk lovin’ Caymanian friends.

  • To get the same amount of calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk, you’d have to eat one-fourth cup of broccoli, seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread.
  • Farmers measure milk in pounds, not gallons.
  • Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart.
  • Buffalo milk is the second most popular milk consumed globally.
  • India alone produces 20% of the world’s milk.
  • Cows are milked 2-3 times per day.
  • Chocolate Milk helps refuel muscles after a workout.
  • Humans are the only species that consume milk from other animals.
  • A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
  • A cow must give birth to produce milk naturally.
  • Cow’s milk can vary depending on the gender of its calf.

In the 1800s, in many parts of the world, cows were so valuable that each family owned at least one. Every morning children would get dressed in boots, carry buckets to the farm and take turns milking the cows! These activities created a strong sense of responsibility and taught children about where their food came from.

Ok, NOW you can break out the trumpets, shakers and pom-poms. Happy World Milk Day!

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