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World Milk Day

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About World Milk Day

When is World Milk Day? This holiday is always celebrated on June 1

Milk, it does a body good. Except if you’re lactose intolerant, that is. Because this healthy and nutritious drink is so good for you, it is only fitting that World Milk Day exists to celebrate its benefits and the entire dairy industry. This June 1 holiday was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to promote the industry and the goodness of milk. 

Since its inception in 2001, this holiday has continued to grow in participation. Over 100 countries now celebrate World Milk Day. Led by diary companies and organizations, this holiday features campaigns to promote various aspects of the dairy industry and dairy products. Each year a theme is established. Organizations then create campaigns centered around the theme for the year. Educational programs, seminars, efforts to improve the dairy industry, and other activities are held on this holiday.

Have it your way today. You can select from whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim milk. If you’d prefer, add some chocolate syrup to it. New dairy products come on the market constantly for you to sample. And, certainly enjoy the many products made from milk. This includes butter, cheese, and ice cream. On this holiday, you should enjoy dairy products at all meals and snacks.

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What Animals Provide Milk for Human Consumption?

When we think of the milk humans drink or make into cheese or other dairy products, cows come to mind. But, we use the milk of other mammals, too. 

Worldwide, here are some of the other animals whose milk we consume in some way:

Water Buffalo surprisingly provides about 15 % of the world’s milk consumption.

Goat milk is good fresh. It is popular for goat cheese.

Sheep milk is used fresh to make cheese.

Camels provide milk in desert regions.

Other animals that provide milk for humans include yaks, horses, reindeer, moose, and donkeys.

Longhorn Cattle, Cow
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Milk Trivia

What do you know about milk? Here are some facts and milk trivia to share with family and friends:

  • Milk is healthy and full of valuable vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Of course, 2% or less fat content is even healthier.
  • The average milk cow produces over six gallons of milk per day.
  • The average American consumes 25 gallons of milk per year.
  • People who drink it during their formative years grow taller.
  • In 1942, the milkman began home delivery of fresh milk. 
  • A pinch of salt per quart of milk helps it to stay fresh longer.
  • Man began domesticating mammals for milk consumption around 9000 – 7000 BC.
  • An estimated 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. That’s about 75 percent of the population.
  • Lactose intolerance is as high as 100% in some countries.
  • There are approximately 9.4 million dairy cows in the United States.
  •  Some people believe feeding milk to pumpkin plants results in bigger pumpkins. Milk-Fed Pumpkins – fact or myth!?
  • Milk is 88% water.
  • Despite the many other health benefits, drinking it can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • It lowers the risk of osteoporosis. 
  • Ancient Greeks considered it a medicine.
  • Nero’s wife and Cleopatra bathed in it to rejuvenate their skin.
  • Milk rehydrates the body.
  • 25% of methane pollution in the United States comes from flatulence from cows.
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How to Celebrate World Milk Day

Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate World Milk Day:

  • Drink plenty of milk. Go ahead and add chocolate syrup.
  • Eat butter, cheese, and ice cream.
  • Make a milkshake.
  • Dairy organizations can hold campaigns, demonstrations, and other programs to promote the industry. 
  • Learn more about the dairy industry.
  • Consider a career in the dairy industry.
  • If you are lactose intolerant, drink lactose-free milk.

Did You Know? Ice cream was invented in the 1600s.

Lactose Intolerant? Try Lactose-Free Milk

Today's Quotes

“I don’t like looking back. Rather, I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.” – – Gordon Ramsay

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” – – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?” – – Sophocles

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History and Origin of World Milk Day

in 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations created World Milk Day. It is an annual celebration of milk, milk products, and the dairy industry. Even people who are lactose intolerant can participate in this day by drinking lactose-free milk.

This holiday is celebrated every June 1. The date was selected as many countries were already celebrating some form of Milk Day on this date.

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