“The Devil’s in the milk”


We are doing the happy, laughing cow dance in the office this week. We are so excited to start offering delicious, nutritious, fantastic dairy from pasture fed cows. Some of our older and more seasoned customers might remember Daily Dairy and can probably preach the wonders of this Super Food.

Jaco Marais is offering all natural milk from Fleckvieh cows that feed off pastures that are free from GMO and artificial fertilizers and irrigated from a beautiful mountain stream which the cows drink from too. These truly content and healthy cows produce milk that offers some amazing properties. The herd has been genetically tested and all cows produce milk with A2 – beta-casein. This is very important as A1 – beta-casein, as found in most commercial breeds have been linked with numerous modern diseases such as diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and other neurological disorders.

“The Devil’s in the milk”
Dr. Thomas Cowan argues that most farmers use the wrong Friesan and Holstein cows (the black and white kind) to produce milk. These cows produce a small but significant amount of beta casein A1. Epidemiological studies have implicated the consumption of A1 in the development of heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism and schizophrenia.

Beta-casein in the predominant protein in the milk solid component of milk. Proteins are made up of chains of amino acids that branch out off the main chain. Older breeds of cows carry the A2 chain whereas newer cows have developed a mutated amino acid called histadine. The side chain that comes off this amino acid is called BCM7 and is a powerful opiate that can have undesirable effects on humans and animals such as those mentioned earlier as well as increased mucous production in the nose!

In an nutshell it isn’t important what form you drink or consume your milk (raw milk, cheese or yoghurt), it is just important what kind of cow it comes from.

We have already learnt that milk is rich in protein and we also now that it is a great source of calcium. Did you know that milk is also a rich source of fat? The good kind?! In days gone past it has been a popular trend to reduce the fats in milk and our store shelves are inundated with 2% and 1% varieties of milk. Milk is however rich in unsaturated fats and linoleic acid (conjugated linoleic acid- CLA) which is an essential fatty acid. CLA has been shown to play a role in preventing cancer and artherosclerosis (build up of fat inside your blood vessels). CLA is also known for reducing body fat and increasing the amount of body protein and is popular among body builders for this reason.

Milk from pasture fed cows also contains the ideal ratio of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which are your omega-3 and omega-6. Studies suggest this balanced ratio is key to preventing cancers, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases.

Jaco Marais’s Fleckvieh cows produce a milk that has the highest levels of CLA and EFA’s compared to other dairy, and more importantly a balanced, almost 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, compared to around 1:9 for conventional dairy. The milk is also rich in melatonin.

As always, the dairy products we offer have no artificial additives, flavours, preservatives, sugars or starches added.

There isn’t a better time to try out this amazing Super Food dairy! In celebration of our birthday month we have some great specials on offer including the Fleckvieh dairy products.


THE DAIRY (Fleckvieh)
* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, 1 litre-R20, 2 litres-R40
* Yoghurt, Natural 1 litre-R35
* Drinking Yoghurt, Vanilla 1 litre-R35, 250ml-R15
* Yoghurt, Greek 750ml-R60
* Kefir 1 litre-R40, 250ml-R15

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, Gently Pasteurised 1 litre-R18
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat) 1 litre-R32
* Yoghurt, Cow, (Full Cream or Low Fat, optional honey) 250ml-R15
* Labaneh, Strained Yoghurt, Cow 280g-R30
* Quark, Plain 260g-R28

* Milk, Cow, Full Cream, 1 litre-R20, 2 litres-R40
* Yoghurt, Natural 1 litre (in a glass jar- R40, 250ml-R18
* Yoghurt, Greek 1 litre (in a glass jar)-R70, 250ml-R25
* Labneh, Plain 250g-R35


Happy Hippy 6th Birthday to Farmer Angus and his team- Thobelani, Victor, Menzi, Wilma, Thabani and the 4,592 hens they support and care for. The team at Spier have much to celebrate as they can now boast that as of mid-September all there hens are on a GMO free feed ration. This is an amazing achievement in South Africa. Please email us if you don’t appreciate the significance of this. Farmer Angus is sharing all they have learnt from outdoor egg production. You can have a look on www.farmerangus.co.za and join us on the PGS visit to find out more regarding this (scroll down to our events for more info). Farmer Angus is sadly saying a farewell to their dear colleague Rico.


* Non-certified organic Moss Curled Parsley bunches, Cilantro (Coriander / Dhania) bunches, true Siberian Kale and curly Kale from Beacon Food Garden
* Non-certified organic Garden Peas, Sugar Snap Peas and Strawberries punnet (in limited quantities) from Eric Swarts
* Non-certified organic Carrots, table Celery, green Cos Lettuce and Easter Egg Radish and Spring Onions from White Mountain
* Organic in Conversion Beetroot, broad Beans (Fava) 1kg BULK and baby Marrow (Courgette / Zucchini) (in limited quantities) from Naturally Organic
* Non-certified organic Seedlings 6-pack: baby Marrow (Courgette / Zucchini), Beetroot, Cucumber, Cilantro (Coriander / Dhania), Red Lettuce, Rocket (Arugula) and Tomatoes from SEED- Mitchell’s Plain
* Non-certified organic Plants: Blue Sage, Thyme, Klip Dagga, Wild Dagga, Feverfew, Ashwagandha, Strawberry, Vetiver, Comfrey, Yarrow and Strawberry from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain


Make sure you sign up for our next big Western Cape PGS certification adventure with Farmer Angus on Saturday October 24, 2015, 10am. Here is your Facebook invite! https://www.facebook.com/events/1676960255871570/
Please email: customer.liaison@ethical.org.za to RSVP and get the directions. Our 3 peer review farmers are Francois Malan, Brian Joffin and Paul Barker.

Other than doing our standard accreditation of his farm, we will be finding more information on how Angus has managed to source non-GMO feed for his chickens. This is quite an achievement for a farmer so if you are farming with livestock, or for anyone with chickens at home or if you are just looking to learn more about living a healthy, happy lifestyle then join us!

Volunteer as a Wednesday Willing Workers Welcome continuing Wednesday October 14, 2015 from 9am to 12h30 with Paul Barker at Lentegeur Market Garden. Here is your Facebook invite! https://www.facebook.com/events/483724031787825/


Apologies to all our customers or suppliers who have tried to contact us recently. Our Telkom lines have been down for the past 4 weeks but we are happy to report that they are finally back up and we are getting our free range ducks back in a row slowly but surely. Thank you for your patience.


You can put them in bowls. And eat them for breakfast!

To accomplish this all you need to make sure of is that they are extra thick (using things like avocado and nut butter). We think this is a great way of getting an early start to getting in two servings of fruit and vegetables and makes for a great summer alternative to your good ol’ fashioned porridge.

You can put anything in your smoothie bowl but try to make sure you get the essentials from avocado for fatty acids and thickness, flax seed meal for fibre and frozen bananas for natural sweetness.

**We’ll get you started with this Super Green Smoothie Bowl**

SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS (we recommend you use organic produce whenever possible)

-1/4 fresh avocado
-2 medium ripe bananas that have been previously sliced and frozen
-1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (mixed or whichever you can get your hands on)
-2 large handfuls of spinach
-1 small handful of kale (large stems removed)
-1 1/2 to 2 cups of almond milk/coconut milk
-1 Tbsp of flax seed meal/chia seed meal

Blend these ingredients and pour into two bowls. Generously layer the top of your thick smoothie with whole, raw toppings of your choice.

Roasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Goji berries
Raw nuts
White mulberries
Hemp seeds
Desiccated coconut

Your smoothie bowl is your oyster! There is no end to what deliciousness you can make!

Lots of love
The Ethical Co-op

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