LA FARGE, Wis., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Valley, the farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,800 organic family farms, is launching a holiday campaign that defends one of America's favorite foes of the post-WWII era: delicious, creamy butter. The co-op has an advertising arsenal that includes a video featuring its own farmer-owners, and a live-streaming website where they will be sculpting the faces of our nation's "War on Butter Heroes" in real time out of Organic Valley's organic, pasture-raised butter. The campaign, created by the Chattanooga-based Humanaut agency, has a long-form video that celebrates the end of the "War on Butter," the true story of how butter and fats were once blamed for every negative health trend from obesity to heart disease. The "solution" was an increase in butter replacement spreads and sprays made from artificial ingredients and the increase of low-fat and fat-free foods that often upped their carbohydrate quotient (read: sugar) to compensate for flavor. As a result, we have been denying ourselves the extraordinary taste, richness and texture of real butter for decades.
A spokesperson details the war's history and presents humorously doctored Egyptian hieroglyphics and Renaissance paintings that highlight our collective love for butter "until, in the 1950s, the party happening inside our pies, pastries and mouths came to an end." Fortunately for our taste buds, the family farmers at Organic Valley were working "underground" to make organic pasture-raised butter even better while this butter battle raged. Organic Valley introduced the first organic cultured butter in 1991, and it has since won 46 awards for its premium butters, which include salted, cultured, pastured and high-fat European-style. Most batches are still slow-churned using vintage churns at the cooperative's creamery in Chaseburg, Wisconsin. "The last five years have seen a sea-change in thinking on saturated fats, including those in dairy food," says Nina Teicholz, investigative science journalist and author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. "More than a dozen systematic reviews and meta-analyses now reveal that saturated fats have no effect on your risk of dying from heart disease. Also, there's at least one rigorous new clinical trial showing that full-fat dairy is actually better than low-fat dairy for fighting heart disease." Ultimately, Organic Valley farmers were right all along: Butter is packed with healthy fats and a better balance of omega-3 and omega-6. "Butter has officially won the war on itself," the ad's narrator says. "And victory tastes awesome!"