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By E. Melanie Dupuis

For over a century, America's meals gurus have heralded milk as "nature's excellent food," as "indispensable" and "the such a lot entire food." those milk "boosters" have ranged from client activists, to govt nutritionists, to the yank Dairy Council and its ubiquitous milk moustache advertisements. a twin of milk as healthy and body-building has an extended heritage, yet is it accurate?

Recently, in the most recent social activities round nutrients, milk has misplaced desire. Vegan anti-milk rhetoric portrays the dairy as merciless to animals and milk as undesirable for people. lately, books with titles like, "Milk: The lethal Poison," and "Don't Drink Your Milk" have portrayed milk as poisonous and bad. Controversies over genetically-engineered cows and questions about antibiotic residue have additionally brought on shoppers to query even if the milk they drink on a daily basis is really sturdy for them.

In Nature's ideal Food Melanie Dupuis illuminates those questions via telling the tale of the way american citizens got here to drink milk. We learn the way cow's milk, which was once linked to micro organism and ailment turned a staple of the yankee nutrition. alongside the best way we stumble upon nineteenth century evangelists who have been confident that cow's milk was once the right meals with divine houses, brewers whose tainted cow feed poisoned the milk provide, and casual wetnursing networks that have been destroyed with the onset of urbanization and industrialization. Informative and pleasing, Nature's excellent Food often is the average paintings at the heritage of milk.

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As subsequent chapters will explore, the link between the development of railway infrastructure and the provision of this “perfect food” to the public is just the first in a series of links made between industry, technology, science, and milk drinking. ENLIGHTENMENT A thread that can be followed all the way from Hartley’s original treatise to the National Dairy Council’s education programs today is the idea that consumers need to be enlightened about the perfection of milk 36 THE PERFECT FOOD STORY and about its dangers.

They believed that the creator had made the world, and all things in it, according to a perfect, initial design: Eden. The biologist/clergyman John Ray epitomized this view. ” Consequently, the role of science was to uncover God’s perfect design. This attitude is also evident in Newton’s declaration upon discovering the plane of rotation for the planets: “For it became who created them to set them in order. ”49 The argument of nature as God’s design found consummate expression in William Paley’s Natural Theology (1802).

Not just the more obvious exhortations to avoid theaters and drinking taverns but also more specific injunctions about dress, diet, and deportment provided seekers of salvation with guidance on their every action. 25 THE PERFECT FOOD STORY 25 In their search for a design for moral living, these antebellum reformers most often turned to the Bible. Even on everyday issues such as diet, reformers relied on the Bible for advice. The Bible provided the information about the natural world that reformers needed.

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