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Moose milk along with milk from animals such as camels, donkeys, alpaca, reindeer and yak could be used to provide dairy to the developing world, according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Why? The FAO predicts that dairy consumption in developing countries will increase 25 per cent by the year 2025 but that milk “will likely still be out of reach for the most vulnerable households.” Milk from alternative sources could be used to provide crucial nutrients to growing populations.

For example, reindeer and moose milk is high in fat and protein and has the bonus of containing half the lactose of cow milk. Mare milk is enjoyed in Russia and Central Asia, and camel milk is consumed in Ethiopia, Mali and Somalia.

And the taste of these non-cow dairy products?

Likely something to get used to if you’ve grown up used to drinking cow’s milk. Camel’s milk is described here by a North American used to the stuff from cows as having the consistency of skimmed milk with a ‘sharp’ aftertaste. It’s high in potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins C and B and has less cholesterol than cow’s milk.

The Kostroma (Sumarokovo) Moose Farm in Russia collects moose milk for human medication. You can see the patience required to milk happy, free range moose here — where ‘dairywomen’ wait an average of six hours a day for a single moose to be ready for milking.

And that’s about as far from factory dairy farming as you can get.

source: Agence France Presse

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