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Aesir vs Vanir
« on: November 02, 2022, 07:23:58 pm »

A new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that milk was used by the first farmers from Central Europe in the early Neolithic era around 7,400 years ago, advancing humans’ ability to gain sustenance from milk and establishing the early foundations of the dairy industry.
“It is amazing to be able to accurately date the very beginning of milk exploitation by humans in prehistoric times. The development of agropastoralism transformed prehistoric human diet by introducing new food commodities, such as milk and milk products, which continues to the present day.”

These settlers of South East, East, and West of Europe were the earliest Neolithic farming groups in Central Europe, known as the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) culture.

The findings of this research showed some of the very first settlers in the region were using milk at scale. This new research expands findings from the University of York in 2019, which identified a milk protein called beta lactoglobulin entombed in the mineralized dental plaque of seven prehistoric British farmers dating to 6,000 years ago. At the time, that was the earliest direct evidence of milk consumption anywhere in the world.

This new work was part of the European Research Council (ERC) NeoMilk project led by Professor Richard Evershed of the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. His team analyzed more than 4,300 pottery vessels from 70 LBK settlements for their food residues. The results revealed considerable variation in milk use across the region, with only 65 percent sites presenting evidence of dairy fats in ceramics vessels, suggesting milk use, while common, was not universally adopted by these early farmers.


One interesting finding from the study is that whole milk consumption is associated with lower rates of infertility in women (1)


In Norse mythology, the Vanir (/ˈvɑːnɪər/;[1] Old Norse: [ˈwɑniʐ], singular Vanr [ˈwɑnʐ]) are a group of gods associated with fertility

65% Vanir vs 35% Aesir, and the former being more fertile..... The Aesir's only hope was:

The account says that Óšinn led a great army from "Asgard" to attack the people of "Vanaheim."

which of course failed:

However, according to the author, the people of Vanaheim were well-prepared for the invasion; they defended their land so well that victory was up for grabs from both sides, and both sides produced immense damage and ravaged the lands of one another.[9]

The two sides eventually tired of the war and both agreed to meet to establish a truce.

and 7000 years later:

Dairy heifers are first used for breeding at approximately 15 months old. The majority of dairy cows in the UK are impregnated by artificial insemination (AI). Bulls are first used for breeding from one year old and a single animal can father over 15,000 calves a year by AI. Pregnancy lasts approximately nine months (279 days) and so heifers will be around 2 years old when they first give birth. Cows are impregnated again 2 to 3 months after each birth (calving). As lactation lasts around 10 months the cow is simultaneously pregnant and lactating for 6 to 8 months during each calving cycle. Cows have a 6 to 8 week period between lactation ceasing and their next calving. Most calves are taken away from their mother within 24 to 48 hours. The cow is then milked for human consumption for around 10 months.
There is a strong bond formed between the mother and her calf in the first few hours after birth, enforced separation is therefore a very traumatic experience for both(4).
Milking occurs 2 or 3 times a day and it is fully mechanised. Selective breeding and concentrated feeds have meant dairy cows can produce ten times more milk than calves would suckle if given the opportunity. A typical dairy cow produces up to 6,500 litres of milk a year(6). Normally a cow kept with her calf would produce less than 1,000 litres of milk throughout the lactation period(7). This huge overproduction of milk has severe welfare implications for dairy cows and has resulted in a number of 'production' diseases.
A cow’s natural lifespan is 20 to 25 years. By the time the dairy cow is just five years old she is worn out by the strain of constant milk and calf production and is slaughtered as she is of no further use to the industry.

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