The Camel Milk in the Gulf Food Festival

Turning camel from an old age animal to a sustainable food animal was my dream. Camel is Turning from a Beast of Burden to a Modern Farm Animal. This dream is coming true as the camel is making its space as a food security animal. Even, camel is performing better outside of its original habitat. Camel Journey ~ From its Original Habitat to Modern World.

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Camel Milking in Ethiopia, photo credit Karsten

 

Yesterday, I visited the Gulf Food Festival 2018, Gulf Food 2018 and spent enough time with the camel milk outlets “camelait”. Camelait! Al Ain Camel Dairy Products.Many people visited the stall and showed a keen interest in camel milk.  I also visited the other camel milk business outlet (Camelicious) and discuss the overall camel milk (CM) demand and interest of the masses.

 

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Author with the camel milk powder stall

 

Some people were selling/marketing camel milk from other countries like Australia and India. Shrey Kumar from India (the Co-founder of the  Aadvik foods) also met me there. He is already my facebook contact and recognized me by face as we could never meet personally before. I also met Hani from Australi (Auslink Investment), who was also looking for the camel milk powder export.

 

Author with Shrey Kumar at the Gulf food

 

 

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Camel’s Milk Gives Hopes in the Drought Stricken Africa

When it’s too dry for dairy cows, what do you do? Switch to camel milk

The African nomads find new ways to adapt with the challenge of the climate change. As increasingly fierce, frequent and lengthy dry spells hit northern Kenya, raising dairy cattle has gotten ever harder. But after seeing her initial five camels thrive while eating just tree branches and leaves, Yousef sold 100 cows to buy more expensive camels, whose milk now never dries up.ken_camelmilk5_Safia_kulow

To read the complete report and other details, please click on the links below.

  1. https://news.trust.org/item/20160510140654-f50hy/
  2. Camel Milk Materializing Education for the Drought Stricken Kenyan Pastoralists

Camel is really a very crucial and precious creature playing a pivotal role to materialize livelihood in the hardiest terrains of the world in the harshest environmental conditions. Camel has the unique power of adaptability and is considered as the best answer to the climate change calamities. Camel! A One in All Creatures.

Camel Milk Materializing Education for the Drought Stricken Kenyan Pastoralists

Isiolo, a provincial town about five hours’ drive north of the capital, Nairobi, has become a real camel hub already. Maalim and around thirty other women now bring about five thousand liters of camel milk daily to a distribution point in the center of the provincial town. The women receive support from the Dutch development organization SNV, which helped them finance a cooling tank. “Thanks to the profits of the camel milk I can send my eight children to school, and one even goes to university,” Maalim says, as she hands in her plastic yellow jerry cans full of camel milk.Kenyans turn to camels to cope with climate changecamel milk Africa

Currently, the milk is transported in passenger buses. But as the milk frequently gets stolen or goes bad when buses break down, the women are trying to get a loan to buy a cooling truck to transport the milk to Nairobi. “We also have plans to produce yogurt, pack our products and to export to Somalia,” she says and adds that an international airport has recently been opened near Isiolo. “We are facing a bright future – thanks to camel milk.”Kenyan pastoralist

For further reading, please go to the link below;

http://www.dw.com/en/kenyans-turn-to-camels-to-cope-with-climate-change/a-38300987

 

Happy Camels vs the Sad Cow: A comprehensive Response from Julia.

An important environmental point is that “soft hooved” animals (camels) are far more environmentally sustainable than “hard hooved” animals.

This comment was written by Julia Marie Bell Julia Marie Bell from Australia in response to the comments of Simpson on my blog Happy Camel vs the Sad Cow.

She writes as “My argument leading on from my earlier statements, regarding why Simpson’s conclusion which explicitly implies “do not drink camel’s milk” is unsound is twofold. Firstly from a philosophical perspective and secondly from a scientific perspective.
It is well documented the symbiotic relationship between humans and the non-human world. The necessity, joy, physical and psychological health benefits. This is not new; it is ancient wisdom which is still traveling the world. It is not the “keeping” of non-human animals, be it for food or pleasure but MORE significant how the creatures are kept and how they are killed! My argument for free range and so forth. Furthermore, if one cannot kill an animal, one should therefore not eat the animal. This is ethical and puts one in a special relationship to such animal.
I ask you, Simpson, do you eat meat or any products from an animal? Do you wear leather or wool? By virtue of being “human “, we have all crossed this boundary.
I agree that the killing for killing’s sake, and using the non-human world for human greed, sexual exploitation and money is evil.
My position comes from “Deep Ecology” and an environmental ethic. So it is not wrong to drink any form of milk! It is the way the milk is collected. There is this western MYTH that infiltrated our psyche claiming that milk is unhealthy and causing cruelty in the production. Firstly, it is the pasteurization and homogenization that is killing us and creating allergies and gut problems. You can Google evidence for my claims. Secondly, I agree that many animals are kept in cruel conditions for milking and have their calves taken. This is too general a statement. That inductive reasoning is fallacious.
Camels milk is produced quite differently. I have visited many camel farms that produce milk and they are free range, stress-free and the calves are only taken for short periods, if at all.
An important environmental point is that “soft hooved” animals (camels) are far more environmentally sustainable than “hard hooved” animals.
It is well documented the medicinal properties of camel’s milk! Please research. It is this symbiotic, beautiful relationship that I am talking about. There does not have to be cruelty. Understand through Science what the non-human world, the sentient and non-sentient world has to offer is magnificent and awe inspiring. Many of our medical discoveries and medicines have been achieved this way. That is why we need to embrace and nurture, not have “dominion over”.
I am, for the most part, a vegetarian. I only eat what I can kill. Chicken and fish. I drink camel’s milk straight from the camel. I try and reduce and be aware of my carbon footprint. I do this as I am responsible for my health and well being and try not to consume too much of the health dollar. I am extremely healthy and strong in comparison to many of similar age. Food is medicine and we ought to understand this.
Finally, Simpson your opinion (and that is all it is) if fraught with paradoxes and smacks of “yuppie” ideology, giving very little understanding not only of poor countries that are kept alive on camels milk but furthermore the wonderful life-enhancing gifts that the beloved camel has to offer.”

 

Happy Camel vs the Sad Cow

The Scientists are agreed that the products, especially milk coming from a happy and comfortable animal are far better than the animal in distressed conditions with a sad feeling. Now it is yours’ choice, either you take milk from a happy animal or a sad animal as both types are available in the market. I’m convinced that some cow farmings are eco-friendly and green but the majority have the sad cows. If compared to camel dairying, the cow production system is much behind in quality and happiness index.  A brief view of both types of farming systems (the sad cow and the happy camel) is given in the ensuing lines.

The Happy Animal: Camel farming is very eco-friendly, natural, clean, dry & airy, shiny and completely free of any foul smell. This clean environment ensures the quality of livelihood of the camel and the absence of pathogenic microorganisms. Camel is really a lucky and happy animal living in such a great place of living.Image result for raziq camel dairy farm uae

Consuming less water, adapted to high ambient temperatures make this animal even more special and adapted happy animal. In the same climatic zone, the dairy cow needs a lot of water for drinking, cooling and cleaning purposes, may be more than 5 times compared to the camel. The milk produced from a happy animal (here happy animal means camel) is very rich in nutrients than sad animals. The overall environment where animals are raised has an additional effect on the milk quality.

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The Happy animals in a Camel Farm

Additionally, the camel’s milk quality is entirely different, especially in the context of micro but essential nutrients. For details, please go to the link below; Camel! A One in All Creatures.

“Camel milk protein is coated with fats, which enhance protein absorption. It passes the acidic stomach undisturbed (does not coagulate easily because of fat coating) and reaches the intestines for absorption”.

The Sad animal: Now look at the sad animal. She is not happy and lives in the slurry and uncomfortable situation. She is in a panic situation. What do you think! Can the milk be the same? No, not at all. The altered hormonal profile due to the stress makes the milk quality unhealthy. It is also a fact that the microorganisms grow better in the products of the stressed animal as stress are the driving force of lower immunity.

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The troubled and sad cow

Even if she lives in very natural condition her milk is not equal to the milk of camels. Camel is the special gift of nature and the milk is the treasure of health. Let’s live natural health and promote the natural way of life.Cow’s Milk: A Cruel and Unhealthy Product

Lets’ join our efforts to promote camel’s products especially milk. The Camels4Life is struggling for the advocacy of camel and camel’s keepers. Alain Doctor Sees Potential in Camel, Camel is the future of humankind to secure food availability in the climate change scenario.

Easy Understandable But Important Features of Camel Milk

According to a promo of Chinese Camel Milk Company of Xinjiang, the camels’ milk features are provided as following. The contents in brackets are provided by author for further details.20160518_083742[1]

  • With high nutritional value, it is an optimal supplement for nourishment of the newborn when breast milk is insufficient
  • Contains 18 kinds of amino acids which are beneficial for human body
  • Lactose contained in camel milk does not incur allergen (It has also been shown to reduce lactose intolerance, combat hepatitis and decrease kidney and liver damage due to alcohol)
  • High contents of Vitamin C (it is health vitamin, keeping you safe from infections)
  • Iron content equivalent to ten times of that of cow’s milk
  • The contents  of natural Insulin contained in each liter of milk is 52 units, which is more than 3,000 times higher than that of cow’s milk of the same amount (it’s effective in reducing the level of glycosylated (glycated haemoglobin) in the blood. This is haemoglobin to which glucose is attached, and is typically found at high levels in people with diabetes)
  • Both the protein contents and calcium of the camel milk are higher than that of other kinds of milk
  • Rich in long chain monounsaturated fatty acids, especially conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), Omega 3 etc (that can lower the concentration in the blood of harmful forms of cholesterol)
  • Also rich in lysozyme, lactoferrin and other special ingredients (Camel milk, too, contains large quantities of antibodies that, similarly, can help to protect against infection. Enzymes it contains, such as lysozyme and lactoperoxidase, are likely to help combat bacterial infections)

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Just have a look at the table of fatty acids profile of camel milk compared to cow milk.

% Cow Camel
C4:0 2.72 0.04
C6:0 2.74 0.17
C8:0 1.86 0.25
C10:0 4.15 0.29
C12:0 3.72 1.16
C14:0 10.56 15.62
C14:1 0.86 2.29
C16:0 29.70 32.60
C16:1 1.20 15.00
C17:0 0.48 0.80
C18:0 11.19 7.04
C18:1c 20.77 16.31
C18:1t 2.97 1.21
C18:2n6 2.59 1.65
CLA 0.16 0.37
C183n3 0.46 1.21
C20:5n3 (EPA) 0.06 0.16
C22:5n3 0.06 0.23
C22:6n3 (DHA) 0.10 0.00
Saturated 70% 61%
unsaturated 30% 39%

You can differentiate easily between camel’s and cow’s milk. The Omega 3 and CLA are even more important among the other fatty acids. The Secret Sauce in Grass-Fed Beef. The natural and eco-friendly farming system of camels makes the camels’ products, especially milk even more special and beneficial. Happy Animals vs The Sad Animals

About Camel Milk~With Bactrian Perspectives

Camels’ milk is the king of the milk kingdom, said by the Bactrian camel keepers in Central Asia. It is the first choice for health maintenance. They think that their milk is more nourishing than their sister camel (dromedary) and all other animals.

Jiali_camelmilk_DSC06785-1.jpgOur milk is high grade but tastes a little bit salty because of my taste as I like salty bushes; the only ice cream for me in the ecosystems where I live. I live in very cold regions and hence producing milk thicker than my sibling dromedary. My milk keeps a desirable PH of the human body as it is a bit alkaline. I have the physical effect on the stomach of my keepers to make them happy and in a good mood. Detailed Nutritional Composition of Bactrian Camel’s Milkmy bactrian

My milk is rich in protein (4.5%), making me special food item for the poor and undernourished group of the human being. Bactrian milk protein contains many health promising elements as various Amino Acids and Vitamins, Lysozymes & Lactoferrin,  and Immunoglobulin; all are protective and bio-active.

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Might be of interest to read about the Bactrian camel dairy in the Chinese Turkistan. CHINA’S CAMEL-MILK MOGUL

I know my population is lesser and I’m still hiding from the eyes of the policymakers and scientists but I’m sure, one day they will realize my importance.