There is a ruckus in Canada these days regarding butter. The Canadian public suspects that dairy producers are adulterating cow’s food to make as much butter as possible. Due to this the quality of butter is getting worse. The anger of the people there about something as simple as butter is also visible in the media reporting. It is being called till the Buttergate scandal.
On one hand the world is plagued by Corona virus and on the other hand many countries are facing their own problems. The complaint about butter among Canadians is in this category. They are worried that even after keeping the butter at room temperature, it does not soften and its taste is not that great. It is feared that there has been a change in the diet of the cows, which has affected the butter. Some also believe that palm oil is being given to cows so that more and more butter can be prepared from their milk.
There is a solid reason why more butter is needed now. In fact, in the year 2020, like the whole world, Canada was also in the grip of corona infection. During this there was also a strict lockdown. The tendency towards eating and drinking of people locked in homes increased. Along with this, the consumption of butter increased rapidly. A report by the Indian Express states that the consumption of butter in Canada increased by more than 12% last year.
Butter consumption in Canada increased by more than 12% last year – indicative photo (pixabay)
Due to increase in demand, the pressure on dairy producers to meet it increased. In such a situation, one step could have been to order butter from other countries, but due to the high price and fear of Corona, Canada did not do so. Then to meet the demand, the producers figured out that they started changing the diet of the cows so that more butter could be prepared than milk.
What is buttergate and how did the term come about?
Earlier this year, complaints about butter intensified. Julie Van Rosendal, a food writer, tweeted that the butter at her house is the hardest at room temperature. Rosendal was observing these changes in butter since the year 2020 and found that these changes are not limited to any particular brand, but simultaneously the quality of butter has changed across the country.
Canadian dairy producers reportedly started changing cows’ diets to produce more butter – photo courtesy (pixabay)
After him, Canadians also started saying the same thing by tweeting. It was speculated that perhaps the quality of butter has changed due to the introduction of palm oil in the diet of cows. After this, the matter rose so much in the butter-loving country Canada that the media named it Buttergate on the lines of Watergate. Let us tell you that the Watergate scandal is that scandal in America, due to which US President Richard Nixon had to resign after being impeached in 1973. The scandal was related to phone tapping and had nothing to do with food.
Now this matter related to butter in Canada has jumped so much that the Dairy Farmers of Canada Institute itself had to intervene in it. This organization is associated with farmers and dairy producers. Regarding the complaints, she says that she will investigate the whole matter and find out why there has been a change in the quality of butter since last year.
Oil prepared from palm seeds is in great demand all over the world – indicative photo (pixabay)
What is palm oil?
There are complaints against dairy producers for mixing palm oil in the food of cows. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to know what is palm oil and where it is used. This is a kind of vegetable oil, which is very much liked in many countries of the world. According to a BBC report, India also imports around 9 million tonnes of palm oil annually.
This oil, which is prepared from the seeds of the palm tree, does not have any smell, so it is also used a lot. Saturated fat is very high in this oil. This is the reason why doubts are being raised on the farmers that they are mixing it in the food of cows so that maximum butter production can be done.
Now a question also comes that why is there so much objection to the Canadians on palm oil? So here the question is not only about whether butter is hard or less tasty, but it is also that it causes many harm to health. Fat is very high in this oil, due to which there is a bad effect on the health of the heart to the kidney.