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On This Day in History: Milk Bottles Were Delivered for the First Time

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Today is National Milk Day!

January 11 is National Milk Day.  This day commemorates the 1878 anniversary of the first time that milk was delivered to homes in sterilized glass bottles.  Prior to the introduction of glass milk bottles, the conditions for storing and delivering milk were unsanitary and oftentimes hazardous.  Fortunately, the move to glass milk bottles sealed with wax paper marked a major turning point in American food sanitation and safety.

In recognition of National Milk Day, here are some fun facts about milk!

  • The United States and Australia are the world’s largest exporters of milk and milk products.
  • In 1863, French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur invented a method of killing harmful bacteria in foods and beverages. This process is known as pasteurization, and it is what helped make milk stable and safe for storage, transport, and consumption.
  • A single cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk every day. This adds up to about 350,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • Cows eat about 100 pounds of food every day and drink about 50 gallons of water.
  • The average American consumes about 25 gallons of milk a year.
  • Lactase persistence, the ability for humans to digest milk as an adult, is only common among people of European ancestry. Most of the global population, including 90% of Asians and 100% of Native Americans, have some degree of lactose intolerance.
  • According to Compassion in World Faming it’s important to ensure that the milk is certified to Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) If unavailable, they suggest looking for Certified Humane. Labels that say rBGH-free or rBST-free mean that the cows were not dosed with genetically engineered hormones which increases milk production.  These hormones are banned in the EU because of human health concerns.
  • Additionally, they suggest to look for 100% grass fed dairy products, certified by the American Grassfed Association. It’s also suggested that we consider dairy alternatives which include soy, coconut, or nut-based milk; cheese; yogurt; or desserts.
  • When you’re eating out or making a supermarket purchase, remember that the milk in your coffee and ice cream—or the cheese in your sandwich—is not likely to be grass fed or hormone free unless it is labeled as such.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate National Milk Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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