Is a glass of spilled milk really worth shedding a tear?
Classical rhetoric stretching back to the 17th century would argue no, as “weeping for shed milk” later evolved into the tried-and-true proverb “don’t cry over spilled milk.”
February 11 marks national “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day,” an annual date observed to remind Canadians of the strength of a positive attitude. Since its earliest iterations in 1659, the proverb has evolved, yet its meaning has remained consistent: With a positive attitude, life’s unforeseen obstacles can be conquered.
These days, however, it’s a proverb worth questioning — but only with respect to the origins of the milk in the glass. Contrary to the title of this national day, Canadian milk can be seen as truly worth crying over. Canada’s dairy farmers are working diligently to provide the highest quality milk with the highest standard of animal care and no unwanted residues. Indeed, Canadian dairy farmers are “sweating the small stuff,” remaining highly invested in the finest details that go into producing their product.
“Whether it’s a bowl of mac and cheese for dinner or a cake to celebrate a special occasion, Canadian milk is that special ingredient that makes food taste so good,” says Sébastien Bergeron, assistant director of marketing — Masterbrand, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Considering all the care that goes into the process, shedding a tear would definitely be understandable.”
Bergeron says Canadian dairy farmers work hard to ensure their cows receive the best possible care so they can ultimately produce the delicious, Canadian quality milk that Canadians love.
That hard work and dedication to their craft also extends beyond the borders of the farm.
“Canadian milk is free of antibiotic residues and Canadian dairy farmers refuse artificial growth hormones,” says Bergeron, adding that the final product is produced in accordance with standards outlined in federal and provincial regulations.
Given that Canadian milk is what ultimately makes Canadian dairy products so delicious, a spilled glass would indeed be a cause for tears shed.
Find more information at www.qualitymilk.ca.