FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Glyphosate residue free?
Green Goat is the first goat milk to be certified as Glyphosate residue free. Commonly found in herbicides like Round Up, Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the world. Because of this, Glyphosate is in 80% of the U.S. food supply. Farmers use herbicides to keep weeds away. Weeds hurt crops by stealing water, sunlight and nutrients and ridding crops of weeds can significantly increase the crop yields. But the advantages of Glyphosate are greatly overshadowed by concerns over its safety. In 2015 the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’. With the current wide use of glyphosate by farmers, but also by governments and individuals, the component can be retrieved on crops but also in water and food. As consumers around the world begin to demand transparency in the ingredients of the food they eat, the use of glyphosate has come under scrutiny.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, Green Goat is partnering with The Detox Project and we test our products for glyphosate. Look for the ‘Glyphosate Residue free’ logo on all our products. The Detox Project is a research and certification platform that brings awareness to the public by testing for toxic chemicals. The Detox Project demands extensive analysis and Green Goat must achieve results of under 0.2 parts per million of glyphosate residue and AMPA residue, much stricter than legislations, to be certified as glyphosate residue free.
“In preparation for our launch we felt it was important to conduct our own scientific research to determine the safety of glyphosate ingested in food products. As a result of our findings, we’ve known for a while that it would be important to be glyphosate free – across our entire product range. What’s not talked about in the news, but will likely surface soon, is that glyphosate is patented as an anti-bacterial agent and shown to preferentially destroy Bifidobacterium, an important gut bacteria for humans. We believe that even in small doses it can disrupt our gut flora, contributing to a intestinal disorders and possibly allergies. In addition, the World Health Organization says it is probably carcinogenic and labels it as a Group 2a carcinogen, so that was enough to decide we didn’t want this chemical in our goat milk”.
Jan van Marwijk Kooy,
CEO of Green Goat
2. Why is Green Goat non-GMO certified?
We believe that nature often provides the best solutions of our health. For this reason we do not allow any genetically modified products in our animals, or in their feed.
For more information about GMO’s go to livinggmo.org
3. Where can I find Green Goat non-GMO products?
Green Goat non-GMO products are specifically produced for the USA market. It is only non-GMO goat milk in world!
4. Why is goat milk easier to digest than cow milk?
Goat milk is easier to digest due to its composition in fat and protein.
1. Because of the relatively low amount of αs1-casein protein, goat milk protein forms a softer curd in the stomach. This softer curd allows the goat milk protein to gently pass through the stomach and intestines.
2. Cow milk contains both A1 and A2 milk. Research has shown A1 beta-casein proteins to be inflammatory and linked intolerances and gastrointestinal effects. Goat milk is naturally 100% A2 beta-casein protein, which is considered non-inflammatory and easier to digest.
3. The fat globules in raw goat milk are smaller and therefore also easier to break down.
4. Goat milk contains a relatively high amount of short- and medium-chain fatty acids. These are easily attacked by the digestive enzymes and subsequently easily absorbed.
5. Is goat milk healthier than cow milk?
No. Goat milk is not necessarily more healthy than cow milk. However, goat milk has many unique qualities and benefits compared to cow milk. For instance, goat milk has a better bioavailability meaning the minerals in goat milk are easily absorbed by the body. Also some people thrive better on goat milk. Although not scientifically proven, it is knows to give relief to people with skin problems, respiratory problems or stomach problems.
-> Less allergenic, which makes it less likely to cause an allergic reaction than cow milk
-> Easy to digest
-> More rich in mineral
-> Better bioavailability; its minerals are more easily absorbed by the body
6. Is goat milk a good alternative in the case of a cow milk allergy?
No. When allergic to cow milk it is very likely that there will also be an allergic reaction to goat milk. A cow milk allergy is an allergy for cow milk protein. Even though the protein from goat milk is different and contains less allergens, it is still very likely that an allergic reaction will occur. Although many people suffer from discomfort when drinking cow milk, only 1 to 3 % of the world population actually suffers from a medically confirmed cow milk allergy. Consumers that suffer from discomfort when drinking cow milk may suffer from a cow milk intolerance, caused by the components protein and/or fat that are not well digested. For consumers with a cow milk intolerance goat milk is likely to provide a solution.
7. Is goat milk a healthy alternative in case of a cow milk intolerance?
For consumers with a cow milk intolerance goat milk is likely to provide a solution.
Although goat milk is not a solution for people suffering from cow milk allergy, many consumers that suffer from a cow milk intolerance, are likely to consume goat milk milk without any discomfort.
8. What is Quatrefolic®?
We add a special kind of folate, called methyl-folate. Folate is the activated form of folic acid, a B Vitamin. This vitamin is essential in the production of red blood cells and DNA building blocks. However, many people are impaired in their ability to activate folic acid into the active form.
9. What about animal welfare?
At Green Goat we ensure that our goats are treated humanely throughout their lives. Just like every other animal, goats deserve to have their emotional, mental and physical needs met and be kept in a way that allows them to express natural behaviors throughout their lives. As leaders in the goat sector we are dedicated the improving the lives of goats raised for milk production; Our success comes from our dedicated producers who share a common vision of animal welfare. Green Goat goats have access to fresh air, clean bedding and always have LOTS of space.