Milk on Tap


In Roncadella, at the entrance to Reggio Emilia, we had the inauguration of a new agricultural company in October. This offers the first automatic distribution in Emilia Romagna of freshly expressed milk.

The milk is produced from cows fed on non-GM food.
The price of the fresh milk is 1 euro per litre (30 cents less than the supermarket price for a similar product)
Turn up with your glass bottle fill up and off you go!
You can also fill up with quantities valued 25 cents and 50 cents.
After 24 hours, the milk remaining undistributed is used to make ricotta and other cheeses.

It’s a shame that the law in Emilia Romagna allows for these distributors only in the agricultural sites and not, as requested by the Coldiretti {association of agricultural producers} even in supermarkets, schools, and canteens as happens in Lombardy and countries of Northern Europe.

The length of time the milk can be kept is 2 days if you keep it in the fridge and after that if you boil it, another 2 days.

It’s a great idea: there’s no waste packaging as glass bottles are used and prices are lowered.

Fresh milk on tap, from cows reared near home, cows fed on non-GM, fewer lorries travelling from one part of Italy to another.

Let’s start with simple things, revolutions happen even like that, with new Regional Laws to have fresh wholesome milk, and at low cost.

I’d start with the Liguria Region, that way I can save a bit straight away.

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I agree with Giovanni!
European mentality the amount of kids depend, more or less..

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Posted by: World business for sale | January 27, 2006 06:39 PM

Milk Kills!!!! Be ashamed of advertising it!!!

Cows Suffer on Dairy Farms

Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do—to nourish their young—but calves born on dairy farms are taken from their mothers when they are just 1 day old and fed milk replacers (including cattle blood) so that humans can have the milk instead.(1,2)

Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays.(3) After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months, then they are re-inseminated, and the cycle starts again. Some spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors; others are crammed into massive mud lots. Cows have a lifespan of about 25 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years, but the stress caused by factory-farm conditions leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time they are 4 or 5 years old, at which time they are sent to the slaughterhouse.(4,5)

On any given day, there are more than 9 million cows living on U.S. dairy farms—about 13 million fewer than there were in 1950. Yet milk production has continued to increase, from 116 billion pounds per year in 1950 to 170 billion in 2003.(6,7) Although these animals would naturally make only enough milk to meet the needs of their calves (around 16 pounds a day), genetic manipulation, antibiotics, and hormones are used to force each cow to produce more than 18,000 pounds of milk a year (an average of 50 pounds a day).(8,9) Cows are also fed unnatural, high-protein diets, which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals, because their natural diet of grass would not provide the nutrients necessary for them to produce the massive amounts of milk required by the industry.(10)


Painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis, is common among cows raised for their milk and is one of the reasons most frequently cited by dairy farms for sending cows to slaughter. There are about 150 bacteria that can cause the disease, one of which is E. coli.(11) Symptoms are not always visible, so the somatic cell count (SCC) of milk is checked to determine the presence of infection. Somatic cells are a combination of white blood cells and skin cells that are normally shed from the lining of the udder. Just as in humans, white blood cells, sometimes referred to as “pus,” are produced to combat infection. The SCC of healthy milk is below 100,000 cells per milliliter, but the dairy industry is allowed to combine milk from the teats of all the cows in a herd to arrive at a “bulk tank” somatic cell count (BTSCC) and can sell milk with a maximum BTSCC of 750,000 cells per millileter.(12,13) A BTSCC of 700,000 or more generally indicates that two-thirds of the cows in the herd are suffering from udder infections.(14)

Studies have shown that providing cows with cleaner housing, more space, and better diets, bedding, and care lowers the SCC of their milk and their incidence of mastitis.(15) A Danish study of cows subjected to automated milking systems found “acutely elevated cell counts during the first year compared with the previous year with conventional milking. The increase came suddenly and was synchronized with the onset of automatic milking.”(16) Yet instead of improving conditions on factory farms or easing cows’ production burden, the dairy industry is exploring the use of cloned cattle who have been genetically manipulated to be resistant to mastitis.(17)

The Veal Connection

While female calves are slaughtered or added to the dairy herd, male calves are taken from their mothers when they are as young as 1 day old and are chained in tiny stalls for three to 18 weeks to be raised for veal.(18,19) They are fed a milk substitute that is designed to make them gain at least 2 pounds per day, and their diet is purposely low in iron so that their flesh stays pale as a result of anemia.(20) An enzyme from their stomachs is used to produce rennet, an ingredient used in many cheeses.(21) Calves raised for veal commonly suffer from diarrhea, pneumonia, and lameness.

Environmental Problems

Large dairy farms have a detrimental effect on the environment. In California, America’s top milk-producing state, manure from dairy farms has poisoned hundreds of square miles of groundwater, rivers, and streams. Each of the state’s more than one million dairy cows excretes 120 pounds of waste every day—an amount equal to the waste of two dozen people.(22) Overall, animals on factory farms, including dairy farms, produce 500 million tons of manure each day, much of which ends up in our waterways and drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that agricultural runoff is the primarily cause of polluted lakes, streams, and rivers.(23)

Eighty percent of all agricultural land in the U.S. is used to raise animals for food or to grow grain to feed them—that’s almost half the total land mass of the lower 48 states.(24) Each cow raised by the dairy industry drinks as much as 50 gallons of water per day.(25) Along with chickens, pigs, and other animals raised for food, cows are the primary consumers of half the water in the U.S.(26)

Human Bodies Fight Cow’s Milk

Besides humans (and domesticated animals who are fed by humans), no other species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who—unlike human infants—have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before their second birthdays.(27) Cow’s milk also contains about three times as much protein as human milk.(28,29)

Cow’s milk is the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.(30) Most people begin to produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk, when they are as young as 2 years old. This reduction can lead to lactose intolerance.(31) Millions of Americans are lactose intolerant, and an estimated 90 percent of Asian-Americans and 75 percent of Native- and African-Americans suffer from the condition, which can cause bloating, gas, cramps, vomiting, headaches, rashes, and asthma.(32) Studies have also found that autism and schizophrenia in children may be linked to the body’s inability to digest the milk protein casein; symptoms of these diseases diminished or disappeared in 80 percent of the children who were switched to milk-free diets.(33)

A U.K. study showed that people who were suffering from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems “showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their diets.”(34)

Calcium and Protein Myths

Although American women consume tremendous amounts of calcium, their rates of osteoporosis are among the highest in the world. Conversely, Chinese women consume half the calcium (all of it from plant sources) and have scant incidence of the bone disease.(35) Medical studies indicate that rather than preventing the disease, milk may actually increase women’s risk of osteoporosis. A Harvard Nurses’ Study of more than 77,000 women aged 34 to 59 found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass or less per day.(36) T. Colin Campbell, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, said, “The association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as that between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.”(37)

Protein deficiency (or “kwashiorkor”) is very rare in the United States and is usually only a problem for those living in famine-stricken countries.(38) Consumption of excessive protein from dairy products, eggs, and meat has been linked to the formation of kidney stones and has been associated with cancer of the colon and liver.(39,40) It is also suspected of putting a strain on the kidneys, which take calcium from the bones to compensate.(41) Humans can get all the protein that they need from legumes, nuts, seeds, yeast, tofu, and beans.

What You Can Do

The best way to save cows from the misery of factory farming is to stop buying milk and other dairy products. Discover the joy of soy! Fortified soy and rice milks provide calcium, vitamins, iron, zinc, and protein but contain no cholesterol. Soy and rice milks are perfect for cereal, coffee, and soups and also work well in baked goods and other recipes. Many delicious dairy alternatives—such as almond, rice, oat, or soy milk and Soy Dream and Tofutti brand “ice cream”—are available in health and grocery stores.

Vegetarianism and veganism mean eating for life—yours and animals’. Call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit for a free vegetarian starter kit.

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Posted by: The pissicologgist | January 17, 2006 07:34 PM

I write this separated from the other stuff:

I hope this initiative (the milk on tap) will get to the people,s habits.
Personally I don't' like all these containers squandered thru the planet: I remind you that years ago the milk was delivered every day by filling up the new bottle and picking up the empty one. The good old times...........

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 17, 2006 06:32 PM

What Gambia has to do with the milk only you know that.
For Martino Sesto: go milk a cow, then put a tap up your ass and sing the "Te Deum".
And put your real name on what you write.
For the pissicologgist: write in English, please.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 17, 2006 06:27 PM

I have been recently in Gambia, a small country of the west Africa, I went for a winter holiday and because I wanted personal give some money to the schools so some kids can have some education; I am against to give to local charity where I live because I don't believe the money or all the money will get there.
It's true that with 20 Euros guarantee a child in school for one education year and I was very sad that these children have very very little in the life.
But after I was angry when I found out that most the clothes, shoes, toys etch.. that the world has sent in Africa for FREE don't go to the needed one, but this amount of free stuff goes in some big warehouse to be sold to Gambia trader that they will sell to their Market.
That is WRONG, all those stuff we give for FREE, some people is making a lot money.
Some thing else I didn't know that in Gambia as in many Africa country they are Muslim countries so the men can have 4 wives and so many girlfriends and produce a lot kids, a man I spoken to had 22 kids and that is not considerate a big family over there.
I am Italian and live in England, I found that in a European mentality the amount of kids depend, more or less, in the economic situation of the family and the kids number haven't been more of five for the past 30 years and there I was, given them money and other things to family that are poor, some starving but the men still have 3 and 4 dozen kids.
What I wrote has come to me from the vary reps on the resort where we were and from the Gambia local's people, they think is normally way to live in their country.

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