Rosemary's Blog

Why World Milk Day matters

I remember sitting in Bologna University at the inaugural Slow Food Defence of Bio-diversity Awards in 2000 and being struck by the presentation of a group of nomadic women, I think from Algeria, who  had to break down huge social barriers before being able to start selling the traditional cheese that they made from the milk from their herd of camels. Milk was deemed taboo - too much to do with reproduction and therefore sex to be willingly accepted as a business that respectable and respectful women should be part of. The women, of course, could see the benefit of creating an income from the constant supply of their camel's milk, making their way of life more financially secure. The cheese itself was delicious - I remember it as be ing akin to a ripe pressed goat's cheese.

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