For the publisher:
June is National Milk Month. It is time to take stock of the financial, ethical and nutritional burden created by the dairy industry.
This week, NPR reported that dairy farmers in New York, who attribute the drop in sales to the pandemic, are expecting more subsidies. As a resident of New York City, where dairy is the number one agricultural export, I find this particularly distasteful.
Dairy is an outdated industry that relies on a cycle of constant insemination and impregnation of cows to produce milk for their offspring. Newborn calves are snatched from their mothers so that we can steal their milk for human consumption, at the rate of 24 billion gallons a year across the country.
Dairy products are loaded with cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones, pathogens, and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Many people do not have the enzyme to digest dairy products.
But help is on the way. Food manufacturers have developed excellent milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream made from nuts and grains. Sales in the United States alone are expected to exceed $ 2 billion this year.
It’s time for everyone to explore plant-based dairy products, for the good of our economy, our personal health, and the health of animals.
Eric C. Lindstrom
Farm Animal Rights Movement