Boo! Happy Halloween. Private-label retailer Aldi is ready for Halloween. This new frozen jack-o-lantern-shaped pizza is topped with butternut squash sauce, cheddar, mozzarella and mascarpone cheese. It’s delicious!
There’s also a range of spooky cheeses. The Freaky Franken is a mild Derby cheese infused with dried sage. Scary Pumpkin Spice is a pumpkin-shaped Wensleydale seasoned with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. No Rest for the Wicked is a sweet, strawberry, prosecco-infused Wensleydale cheese. Bat Knit Crazy Cheddar is aged cheese wrapped in black wax.
To read more about “Holiday-themed offerings get extreme,” link HERE to an article and slideshow I wrote for Food Business News this week.
This has been one heck of a week for sensationalized headlines, and I anticipate they will ramp up before calming down. My advice: avoid the news, make sure you vote, wear a mask and innovate with real dairy. It is impossible to efficiently and effectively feed humans without the nutrients found in real dairy foods.
A studied published in the November 2020 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science shows that removal of dairy cattle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) would be difficult to do without reducing the supply of the most limiting nutrients to the population. In other words, humans need the nutrients dairy cattle provide.
Questions regarding the balance between the contribution to human nutrition and the environmental impact of livestock food products rarely evaluate specific species or how to accomplish the recommended depopulation. The objective of this study was to assess current contributions of the U.S. dairy industry to the supply of nutrients and environmental impact, characterize potential impacts of alternative land use for land previously used for crops for dairy cattle, and evaluate the impacts of these approaches on U.S. dairy herd depopulation.
The researchers from the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, USDA-ARS, Madison, Wisc., modeled three scenarios to reflect different sets of assumptions for how and why to remove dairy cattle from the U.S. food production system coupled with four land-use strategies for the potential newly available land previously cropped for dairy feed. Scenarios also differed in assumptions of how to repurpose land previously used to grow grain for dairy cows.
The current system provides sufficient fluid milk to meet the annual energy, protein and calcium requirements of 71.2, 169, and 254 million people, respectively. Vitamins supplied by dairy products also make up a high proportion of total domestic supplies from foods, with dairy providing 39% of the vitamin A, 54% of the vitamin D, 47% of the riboflavin, 57% of the vitamin B12, and 29% of the choline available for human consumption in the U.S.
Retiring (maintaining animals without milk harvesting) dairy cattle under their current management resulted in no change in absolute GHGE relative to the current production system. Both depopulation and retirement to pasture resulted in modest reductions (6.8% to 12.0%) in GHGE relative to the current agricultural system. Most dairy cow removal scenarios reduced availability of essential micronutrients such as α-linolenic acid, calcium, and vitamins A, D, B12, and choline. Those removal scenarios that did not reduce micronutrient availability also did not improve GHGE relative to the current production system. These results suggest that removal of dairy cattle to reduce GHGE without reducing the supply of the most limiting nutrients to the population would be difficult.
And that’s why “Impossible Milk” is impossible.
- Butter/Butter Blends: +27.9%
- Cheese +14.6%
- Cottage Cheese: +4.0%
- Cream: +22.7%
- Half & Half: +8.3%
- Ice Cream/Sherbet: +9.5%
- Milk +2.9%
- Sour Cream: +16.1%
- Yogurt +3.6%