83. My Yogurt

Today, I came across a new brand of yogurt at the local organic food store and after tasting it and going through their philosophy, this is my brand forever!



This yogurt is produced by “Gippsland Dairy” who first started the venture in 1950s, supplying dairy products to shop owners in the Gippsland region of Victoria. They have now moved to another Victorian city of Dandedong but they assert that they have kept their ties intact with the Gippsland region, the past and to the traditional time-honoured processes passed down by the original dairy craftsmen.

I especially appreciated the following sentence in the product packaging :
“Cows requiring treatment receive vitamins, herbs and homeopathic remedies”

As I was relishing the yogurt this evening along with my steaming kichadi, I couldn’t help wondering why the Hare Krishna community can’t have our own commercially produced dairy products. I mean we have books, restaurants, yoga centres, incense etc. We can add some yogurt and milk in that list. This would not only be a great benefit to the devotee community but also in helping people understand the true techniques behind cattle farming and cow protection. If buying and maintaining cows are a problem because of money and man power, then perhaps we can use a “adopt-a-dairy farm” approach. This is where a group of devotees would take the initiative to work with a particular family of dairy farm owners about the importance of the “Hare Krishna Dairy” to the local community, educate them on cow care, organic farming etc. Then these clusters of adopted dairy farms would start supplying the milk to a central location where it is processed, packaged and distributed to shops. It might start small but as we know in ISKCON by now, that it will eventually grow big.

What do you think?

Utterly Butterly Delicious

Utterly Butterly Delicious

Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited, 1946) based in Gujarat (India) followed a cooperative movement system which now results in milk pouring into their facility from 2.6 million milk producers in Gujarat. This “White Revolution” initiative, though started small, has now set some standards of excellence such as :

– Making India the world’s largest producer of milk and milk products
– World’s largest producer of vegetarian cheese brand 
– A model for rural development
– Annual turnover of US$1.33 billion (2007-08)
– Milk collection average of 10.16 million litres per day
– Available in Mauritius, UAE, USA, Bangaldesh, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and even Australia !

What are we waiting for?


4 thoughts on “83. My Yogurt

  1. Haribol, nice little piece. I agree ISKCON should by now be onto this. In Bhaktivedanta Manor in London they are and cruelty free milk is available in some stores there. The thing with the organic dairies is do they send the cows to slaughter afterwards? The answer usually is yes, sadly, so a true cruelty free dairy range I think would soon find a market to people who know the truth about factory farms.
    Peace – yhs Vijaya ;0)

  2. Industrial milk production, even organic farms, is subsidized by the income from slaughtering the nonproductive cows and excess calves.

    To produce cruelty free milk where the cows are protected for natural life costs about 4 times as much as conventional or organioc dairy.

    Devotees have never shown any interest in paying that premium and anyone in dairyig farming for economic reasons can’t afford to protect cows.

    Cow protection is not about milk production.

    One way to get started is to use teh concept of carbon credits, where even though you buy milk in the market, you offset it by making donations to a cow protection program. ISKCON hasa many farms that are underfunded.

    Bhaktivedanta Manor is heavily subsidized as is required.

  3. Hari Bol Prabhus,
    Thank you for stopping by.

    I agree that the very organic farms I am currently proud off, are sending the poor animals to the slaughter houses once there is no more need. These business people are so caught up in their business, they hardly have time or inclination to think about the pain of animals, protecting the cow or spirituality even.

    I think cow protection and vegetarian cuisine needs to be the some of the biggest agenda for ISKCON devotees to promote. Perhaps, we can have neophyte and experienced devotees spend 3 months in each category every year putting in all their efforts and patience into promoting these. The rest of the time can be spend on temples, book distribution, retreats etc. Many of the general crowd would be very interested in such concepts. We could be the trend setters here. I mean having discussions in newspapers, radio, TV, universities, schools etc etc.

    Madhava Prabhu, can you pls expand on that cow protection-carbon credits system you mentioned? Sounds interesting. I have seen travel agencies do this.

  4. We have talked about this for over a decade but until the carbon offset concept came along, it was difficult to explain it.

    See about carbon offsets here:


    See where I have written about this here:


    and here:


    The response has been underwhelming but I keep hoping someone will “get” it and eventually the concept will take root.

    Milk offsets would be complimentary to your idea of supporting a local farmer.


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