Spring is… not homogenised

Yes, spring has finally sprung, and even the most slothful of the trees is showing signs of bursting into a green song and dance.

With the warm weather, many of us head out into the gardens. Water consumption is a critical issue, and growing in importance, so having lush green gardens full of imported, water-thirsty plants, is not the way to go. It’s quite possible to create beautiful gardens full of plants that are adapted to our climate, and which the surrounding birds and butterflies will thank you for.

If you’re wondering how to go about it, or what plants to use, try Glenn Ashton’s book, called Fast and Easy Waterwise Gardens. It’s full of detailed practical information on indigenous gardening, with extensive plant lists for all types of conditions.

Many members have a staple in the Camphill milk. Sadly, Camphill have been forced to increase the prices of their entire range. Unfortunately, food in general is seeing some quite drastic increases in price, as food inflation outstrips base inflation.

Camphill’s milk reminds me of fresh milk as a child, with the thick layer of cream at the top, and the milk below quite watery.

Almost all supermarket milk, even the organic variety, doesn’t look like that. Camphill milk is not homogenised, and most milks are. This means that the milk is pumped at high pressures through very narrow tubes, breaking up the fat globules. The fat is then evenly distributed throughout the milk, in tiny pieces, giving it a uniform texture. It doesn’t taste as good, but feels and looks creamier, and lasts longer.

Unfortunately homogenised milk has been implicated in some nasty health effects. It seems that when the fat globules are broken up, an enzyme, xanthine oxidase, is freed.  Instead of being harmlessly digested, as happens with the fat in unhomogenised milk, this is absorbed into your stomach lining and goes straight into your blood stream, and from there, to the arteries. It’s fats in the bloodstream that cause the real havoc; heart disease and in particular arteriosclerosis.

It’s likely too that widespread homogenisation is partly resposible for increasing levels of milk intolerance.

The lesson is simple – the more processed something is, the worse it is for us.

Note that Zeekoegat’s range of goats cheeses are back on offer, after a good rest for the goats.

To order, go to www.ethical.org.za.

Happy gardening,
The Co-op team

Comments ( 2 )

  1. Chris

    I love the Camphill dairy,its happy cows and healthy products but please bring your understanding of the beneficial effects of non-homogenised milk up to date. Oster's hypothesis has been studied in-depth since the 1970's: http://www.realmilk.com/homogenization.html

  2. Ian Gilfillan

    Thanks for the update Chris, interesting to read.