The prospect of a breakthrough in a test-tube product said to
be like milk has not got New Zealand farmers shivering in
their Red Bands just yet.
Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard said milk was
much, much more than collecting up the constituent parts and
running it through an industrial process as if it was cola.
''Proving nothing is new, 102 years ago the New York Times
reported: `No Need For Cows Now', when German scientists
created a synthetic milk-like product using vegetable
matter,'' he said.
''You cannot beat the real thing proven by millions of years
of mammalian evolution.
''It doesn't send a shiver down to my Red Bands just yet.''
He was commenting about research and development company
Muufri, which at its lab in Ireland, was developing ''milk'',
which was almost indistinguishable from cows' milk, from
He said it would have the same proteins, sugars, fats,
vitamins and minerals and taste, but without the cholesterol
and allergen lactose of cows' milk, meaning it would be
healthier and not need to be refrigerated.
Muufri hoped to have it ready for tasting in September.