The Indian culture has great importance of the cow. It is revered and most Indians abhor beef. Is it just a religious thing or there is more reason to it?
Cow gives 3 prime products – milk, urine and dung.
Milk: Milk from the cow is considered to be a complete food for the protein, fat, minerals and vitamins content, in addition to calcium and iron. Cow’s milk contains either A1 or A2 beta-casein protein. A mutation occurred nearly 10,000 years ago in dairy cows in Europe which produced A1 as the dominant breed. Africa and India, by contrast, have A2 cows. Curtin University conducted human trial and found subjects on a diet of A2 milk reported less abdominal pain, compared to a diet of regular A1 milk. The 7th amino acid segment that is separated from A1 beta casein is known as beta-casomorphin-7 or BCM-7 often touted is the real “devil” in A1 milk for a number of reasons. It is an exogenous (doesn’t naturally occur within the human body) opioid that interacts with the human digestive system, internal organs, and brainstem. BCM-7 has been linked to type 1 diabetes, heart disease, autism, and other serious non-communicable diseases as well.
Curd which is a very healthy culture of beneficial bacteria, is churned in a clock-wise and anti-clock wise manner to give butter. What is left behind is butter milk. As per Ayurveda, butter milk made this way prevents and helps in cure of 72 types of diseases, particularly for the pitta-dosha. So if you get angry too quickly, a glass of butter milk early morning – garnished with rock salt and cumin on an empty stomach will keep you from flipping your lid.
Urine: Urine from the cow has a lot of medicinal properties. US patents have been obtained on Indian cow’s urine as a bio- enhancer with antibiotics and for anti-cancer drugs. Panchgavya (using 5-products from the cow – milk, butter milk, ghee, urine and dung) is fast catching up as an alternative therapy.
Farmers can use Cow Urine to make non-polluting and healthy pesticides in combination with some common ingredients from the kitchen like green chilli and garlic!
Dung: Cow dung is a rich source of energy – biofuels. Indian Researchers have recently been able to obtain 99% pure silica from the cow dung. Cow dung also is the best processed manure for the earth. Agriculturists have observed over years of experimentation that just 10kg Indian cow’s dung is enough to keep 1 acre of land fertile!
After the top layer of the soil got washed out in Vrindavan due to the deluge caused by Indra, God of thunder & rain – it was a mound of govar or cow dung which came to the rescue of people to restore agriculture and life! Till today people celebrate the Gauvar-dhan Pooja with worshipping cow dung.
The Grave Threat:
Desi Cows are getting extinct, because farmers are looking at only the quantity of milk it gives. Once they realize that quality of this milk is better and there is a separate supply chain for A2 milk like in Australia, they will reconsider selling their cow to slaughter houses. Organic farming can be done using the Desi Cow with no additional costs to the farmer by way of chemical fertilizers, pesticides etc. thereby reducing the vicious cycle of sterile, terminator seeds needed for chemical farming.
Crossbreeding has done more harm to the Indian cattle than slaughter, rendering more than 85% of Indian cattle non-descript! Also the Gau-char bhoomi which was available for grazing of the cows has been commercialized despite the SC asking each district to reinstate these lands. Where will the cows go? Where will they get their fodder from?
These are questions a responsible community needs to ask.
Hence the need to spread awareness about the benefits from Desi Cows. Desi Cows for Better India Trust is encouraging people with individual houses to keep one cow as pet. That will ensure there is supply of fresh unadulterated milk and an organic kitchen garden. Malnad Gidda is a dwarf-variety found on the Western Ghats of Karnataka as since Bangalore is in the same height from the sea-level, the weather is conducive for adopting and conserving them. As per government census reports, their population has declined from 19Lakh (1997) to 12.8Lakh (2007) overall putting this breed in the VU or Vulnerable species as per the IUCN standards.