It’s not new news that childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States; however, did you know that many children in America are not only overweight, but also undernourished? It is heartbreaking to know that over 16 million children live in food insecure households, meaning many go to bed hungry.
By Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse
Whether it’s cheese, milk, or yogurt, dairy products are a staple in the diets of Americans and people all over the world. June is National Dairy Month, a time when we honor our nation’s dairy producers and processors for making sure that we can enjoy quality dairy products.
Always true stewards of the land, the industry has made tremendous strides when it comes to sustainability. In the past 63 years, the industry reduced its carbon footprint by 63 percent. This amazing statistic is a testament to the integrity of the nation’s dairies, most of which are family-owned and well-connected to the communities around them.
Today, over 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, and more than one in six households does not have the money to buy food their families need. This reality is something food banks witness daily.
“People came to us once in a while for food,” said Ross Fraser of Feeding America in a recent article published on Slate. “Now we are a staple in many people’s lives.”
This startling increase has gotten the attention of many food banks and shelters who are whole-heartedly committed to not only provide food, but to also provide nutritious items like the low-fat or fat-free dairy or produce that many Americans lack in their diets.
From Florida to California, the ingredients found in a cow’s diet can not only vary by geography, but also by season.
With the help of professional nutritionists, it’s very common for dairy farmers across the country to routinely feed their cows byproducts from the processing of other foods and fibers. The use of these byproducts is endorsed by animal nutritionists who work with dairy farmers on creating optimal diets for cows.
For example, the cows at Matt Lussier’s Florida dairy farm have quite a taste for citrus pulp. In fact, this byproduct of Florida’s citrus industry is a cow feed staple on most of the state’s dairies.
We all know that dairy is part of a healthy diet, but it does so much more for us. From being a source of essential nutrients to helping your body recover after a grueling working, check out these 10 ways that dairy enriches our diets, communities and lives.
Crossing the finish line wasn’t be the only glory for race car driver Tony Kanaan this weekend at the Indy 500.
Kanaan carried on a tradition dating back to the late 1920s, when second-time race winner Lewis Meyer requested a refreshing glass of ice cold milk after his win. Since then, nearly 60 winners of the iconic race have been presented with a bottle of milk — now engraved with the phrase “Indianapolis 500 Winner” — after crossing the finish line.
The bottle of milk given to winners was ranked No. 1 among the sports world’s coolest prizes by Sports Illustrated.