India’s addiction to milk as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages


I have one comment on genetic engineering to increase level of insulin in cow’s milk to combat the ever increasing diabetes in India. The camel milk is already proven as rich in insulin like protien and capsulated by fats molecules which enable them to bypass the acidic medium of stomach. So, India better should work on camel milk to provide medicinal milk to the diabetic patients and to conserve and promote its camel population which is otherwise sinking.

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A ‘milk tree’ illustration at the National Dairy Research Institute, in Haryana, India
(photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).

Note: This is the eleventh in a series of articles on
‘Curds and goats, lives and livelihoods—
A dozen stories from northern and eastern India’.

PART 11: India’s addiction to milk
as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages

By Susan MacMillan and Jules Mateo,
of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Addiction to milk in India, the biggest milk-drinking country in the world, is only getting bigger amid rising demand for food in this, the world’s second-most populous nation. As reported recently in Bloomberg, ‘Though eating beef is often taboo in India because the animal is revered in Hinduism, the country produces more than 160 million metric tons of milk a year as demand rises for cheese and other dairy products.’

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One of endless branded advertisements for Indian dairy products (photo credit:…

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One thought on “India’s addiction to milk as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages

  1. I have one comment on genetic engineering to increase level of insulin in cow’s milk to combat the ever increasing diabetes in India. The camel milk is already proven as rich in insulin like protien and capsulated by fats molecules which enable them to bypass the acidic medium of stomach. So, India better should work on camel milk to provide medicinal milk to the diabetic patients and to conserve and promote its camel population which is otherwise sinking.

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