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?
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?