Organic dairy farm runs factory in a container | Stuff.co.nz

A Matamata dairy farming family is running its own factory in a shipping container.

The Vosper family’s company, Jersey Girl Organics, opened the mini factory three months ago and sells the milk directly to the customer.

Jersey Girl sells milk through specialist stores, farmer markets, and custom vending machines in Matamata (in the main street), Tauranga (at Gate Pa) and Mt Maunganui.

“If anyone wants to see the cows that make the milk, they can just come out to the farm,” said Mary Vosper✓, who works full time pasteurising the milk, bottling it, transporting it and selling it.

The Hinuera Rd farm is home to a small jersey herd, the Vosper family, a milking shed and the container factory.

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Milk could be good for your brain — ScienceDaily

New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center has found a correlation between milk consumption and the levels of a naturally-occurring antioxidant called glutathione in the brain in older, healthy adults.

“We have long thought of milk as being very important for your bones and very important for your muscles,” Sullivan said. “This study suggests that it could be important for your brain as well.”

The researchers found that participants who had indicated they had drunk milk recently had higher levels of glutathione in their brains. This is important, the researchers said, because glutathione could help stave off oxidative stress and the resulting damage caused by reactive chemical compounds produced during the normal metabolic process in the brain. Oxidative stress is known to be associated with a number of different diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many other conditions, said Dr. Choi.

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Longer duration of breastfeeding linked with higher adult IQ and earning ability — ScienceDaily

Longer duration of breastfeeding is linked with increased intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling, and higher adult earnings, a study following a group of almost 3500 newborns for 30 years published in The Lancet Global Health journal has found.

“The effect of breastfeeding on brain development and child intelligence is well established, but whether these effects persist into adulthood is less clear,” explains lead author Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil.

“Our study provides the first evidence that prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability. What is unique about this study is the fact that, in the population we studied, breastfeeding was not more common among highly educated, high-income women, but was evenly distributed by social class. Previous studies from developed countries have been criticized for failing to disentangle the effect of breastfeeding from that of socioeconomic advantage, but our work addresses this issue for the first time.”

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Nutrition Experts Get Paid By Coca-Cola To Call Soda A Healthy Snack : LIFE : Tech Times

Coca-Cola has been paying money to researchers to promote soda as a healthy part of snacking, according to new reports.

During the month of February 2015, several health writers wrote columns on healthy snacking, in honor of American Health Month. These reports, written by trusted authorities, appeared on several media outlets including national sources. Each one of these articles suggested Coca-Cola or other sodas as a drink to help support good eating habits.

These actions suggest that food companies are active in supporting research that will help cast their products in a good light, potentially boosting sales. Although Coca-Cola remains the largest soda manufacturer in the country, the company has seen sales fall significantly in the last few years, as Americans reduced their intake of sugary beverages. The company is not denying that they pay experts to promote their products, comparing the practice to product placement contracts with movie companies.

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Study finds peanut consumption in infancy prevents peanut allergy

Introduction of peanut products into the diets of infants at high risk of developing peanut allergy was safe and led to an 81 percent reduction in the subsequent development of the allergy, a clinical trial has found. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and was conducted by the NIAID-funded Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) External Web Site Policy. The results appear in the current online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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Chinese ‘not taking over formula industry’ | Radio New Zealand News

An Auckland dairy company says Chinese businesses are competing aggressively but are not taking over the New Zealand infant formula industry.

Some infant formula companies have complained that new industry rules introduced last May were helping Chinese businesses.

Under the regulations, infant formula exports must be made by manufacturers accredited by China.

Managing director of Biopure Health Simon Page said Chinese businesses now owned about half of the 10 registered baby formula factories in New Zealand.

However, he said that was not an indication the rules were benefiting them.

Mr Page, whose Infapure brand has been approved for the China market, said the regulations were needed so that tainted products could be more easily tracked down.

“There rules came about after two fairly significant food safety scares on the part of New Zealand.

“So from the Chinese government point of view they’ve really just looked to strengthen their rules.”

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Biopure gains entry to Chinese market | Radio New Zealand News

An Auckland infant formula manufacturer has secured registration to export its product to China, something that has proved impossible for other small players seeking access to the Chinese market.

New rules introduced last May require infant formula exports to be made by manufacturers accredited by China.

Biopure Health managing director Simon Page said since then, more than 400 brands of New Zealand origin had disappeared from the Chinese market.

However, Biopure has now got registration for its Infapure brand.

Mr Page said it was a game-changer that put his company in the box seat for dramatic expansion.

via Biopure gains entry to Chinese market | Radio New Zealand News.