Two dairy cows were grazing alongside a highway when a tanker truck of fresh milk, that was on its way to the distributor, happened to pass by. On one side of the truck in big red letters was a sign that read, “Pasteurized, homogenized, standardized, Vitamin A added.” One cow turned to the other and remarked, “Kind of makes you feel inadequate, doesn’t it?”
This past week, it was not a tanker going from a dairy farm filled with milk, but a truck heading to one filled with food that made world-wide news. The vehicle skidded on an icy highway and jack-knifed, spilling out its contents – not grain but candy, Skittles. A literal rainbow of colours was piled high and wide, all rejected by the candy maker for public sale due to the “S”missing. Even more shocking to people than bovines being fed candy, was that this practice has been going on for decades and that agricultural nutritionists see nothing wrong with it (rudimentary animals such as cows/cattle have a far wider range of ingestion capability than do pigs or chickens). Soon word followed that because of the high price of corn, other rejected confectionaries were also making their way to farm stalls as alternative bovine feed: chocolate bars, cookies, fruit loops, gummy bears, hot cocoa mix, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, etc.
The bottom line? Unlike my wife (for whom such news seemed to be no news at all), I had no idea that today’s cows were really living the sweet life!
THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
The Bible says of Israel in Numbers 13:27,
And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
This phrase is found twenty-one times in Scripture, so obviously it is very important. The word (milk) was in reference to contented cows and the vast amount (floweth) that was being produced by them. However, this would not have been possible were it not for the large quantity and high quality of vegetation available to these bovines for consummation. And so the word (honey) was in reference to the busy bees and the vast amount (floweth) that was being produced by them, the process beginning with pollinating many flowers.
But that was 3,500 years ago. What about today? Can a land that through two centuries of neglect was turned into a hot and dry dust bowl once again become the place of milk and honey? The answer appears to be yes. They are called “super cows” and are the wonder of the dairy industry throughout out the world. These Jewish bovines produce more milk per cow per year (10.5 tons or 12,000 litres) than any other nation’s herd (10% more milk per cow than in North America and up to 50% more milk per cow than in Europe). Part of the reason is Israeli technology (all cows computer monitored) and part of the reason is Israeli agriculture (continual development of bees toward super status).
Super Cows + Super Bees = Super God