Waitaki Herald : July 23rd 2014
28 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 23, 2014 NEWS/MOTORING Laboratory milk way of the future? By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org M ilk as we know might have some competition in the near future, but some in North Otago aren’t convinced it’s a good thing. It was recently revealed that milk made in the lab from yeast will potentially be available on the shelves in 2016. According to Perumal Gandhi, co-founder of Californian research and development company Muufri which is developing the product, the milk will be virtually the same as cows’ milk. Gandhi claims the milk will have the same proteins, fats, sugars, vitamins and minerals as regular milk and also taste the same. Because it’s being made without choles- terol, allergen lactose and bacteria found in cows’ milk, it’s claimed the lab milk will be healthier and won’t need to be refrigerated. Oamaru’s Organic Larder owner Maggie MacKay says while people can chose what form of milk they want to consume, she wasn’t convinced milk made in a lab was being produced for the right reasons. ‘‘There’s so much going on during production people just don’t know about. A lot of people think milk goes from the farm to the store without much processing. Organic milk is best because it’s just pasteurised. ‘‘You have to wonder if they are doing it for financial gain, whether it’s commercially driven for profit and not for the health of the public as such.’’ Traditional: The demand for milk in it’s most common form may be affected if lab-made milk gains a following when available. Weecar sparkles atmuseum FROM Page 23 ‘‘She rides very nice,’’ he’s proud to say. It is often used for the Riley at the All British Day event and is used for weddings along with a matching Riley belonging to Mr Dooley’s son. Mr Dooley loves to see fine cars appreciated and felt there wasn’t much point in the Riley sitting around at home where no one could see it. So a spot was found at the museum. ‘‘I get a wee kick coming down here and giving it a polish. ‘‘Everyone seems to like her,’’ says Mr Dooley. ‘‘I once got a letter from people in England saying they had seen it in the museum. ‘‘They invited us to stay if we were ever over there and said they’d never seen one so well restored.’’ Mr Dooley is a member of the North Otago Vintage Car Club of New Zealand and for the last 15 years has shown the Riley at the All British Day event. This year the Riley came first place in the competition. ‘ Why would you want to have something artificial? We are swimming in milk in this country. Nathalie Brown Transition Town Oamaru and Waitaki District member ’ Transition Town Oamaru and Waitaki District member Nathalie Brown says she isn’t too familiar with the concept of labmade milk. ‘‘I think the more natural you can be the better. Raw milk, if you can source it from a reliable source, is the best. ‘‘I’d probably have a tutt-tutt attitude towards it. Why would you want to have something artificial? We are swimming in milk in this country.’’ If milk made in the lab does prove to be a commercial success, there is concern in some quarters that it could threaten New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar dairy industry. However, North Otago Federated Farmers vice president Lyndon Strang says farmers in North Otago have more pressing issues to be concerned about. ‘‘I’m no scientist, but I think every food processing group is going through things like this. There will always be demand for natural products. ‘‘I wouldn’t put my head on the line and say I’m not concerned about it, but we will see. It’s true that that sort of technology is only going to get bigger and better. ‘‘We’ve got enough issues on our plate right now with things like calving and lambing coming up.I think people are focusing more on the day to day things.’’ Rear view: From the back the Elf looks about as big as it sounds. Interior: Mr Dooley had the upholstery replaced. Engine: The Riley has drives very nicely with an original four-cylinder, eight horse power Mini engine. Dash: The dashboard was taken out and replaced with a wood grain dash.
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