Long ago, all cows used to produce A2 milk. But then some mutation took place in the European breeds and an amino acid changed in the beta casien protein which rendered the milk toxic, now widely known as A1 milk.
A1 milk can cause autoimmune disease, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia.
Indian and African cows were still producing nutritious A2 milk until our man Friday, the honourable Mr Verghese Kurien introduced A1 cows in India. Steps were taken to cull the indigenous Indian humped cow breeds and also hybridise them with European breeds.
Indian A2 bull semen and frozen embryos were also smuggled to other countries. Today Brazil is making a killing out of selling these.
Sales of A2 milk have captured a major share of the market in Australia and UK too in recent years.
PIL demands milk ingredients, statutory warning printed on milk bags
Saeed Khan, TNN | May 7, 2015, 10.08PM IST
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court on Thursday issued notice to the state government and concerned authorities over a PIL demanding that the packaged milk must contain information of ingredients in the milk and a word of caution too in case the Jersey cow's milk.
Petitioner Chintan Gohel has highlighted the aspect that Jersey cow milk is known as A/1 milk, while cow milk from local breeds is A/2 category. While A/2 milk is healthy and good for digestion, due to weak chain in A/1 milk, it is difficult to digest and causes various health issues.
The petitioner cited various researches carried out in the Europe, the Americas and Australia and relied mainly on the book titled "Devil in the Milk" by Keith Woodford to establish how A1 milk causes diseases like diabetes, schizophrenia, cardiac ailments, autism in the age group of 0-14.
The petitioner has demanded that the state government, family welfare department and animal husbandry department must ensure that ungracious of milk i.e. A/1 or A/2 milk should be mentioned on the packing of milk & milk product, with statutory warning that it is injurious to health.
After hearing the case, a bench of Acting Chief Justice V M Sahai and Justice R P Dholaria sought explanation in this regard from the government authorities and kept further hearing after the summer vacation.