Think before you drink.
Milk is often looked upon rather innocently when compared to the meat industry. Perhaps it is easier to justify a product that shouldn’t really mean an animal has to die for it, but unfortunately that just isn’t the case. Dairy cows are not somehow separate to the cows led to the slaughterhouse.
It may be a slower process, to that of normal cow or pig, but cows used to produce milk, when no longer useful, will be killed. Not to mention the fact female cows are forcibly inseminated so as to produce calves – as this is the only way they can produce milk – only for their calve to be taken away from them and sent to either a farm for slaughter if they are male, or to meet the same sad fate as their mother if they are female.
There is no denying the dairy industry directly supports meat manufacturing. Morally it is a difficult business to defend, made more challenging when it is argued that drinking milk is not good for us. Furthermore it could actually be damaging to our health. It is not just the cows the milk industry is killing. Dairy consumption has been liked to a wide number of health issues in humans, from something as mild as acne to serious cases such as prostate and ovarian cancers.
Milk is best described as a white liquid produced by mammals as the primary source of nutrition for their young, before they are able to digest other substances. Simply put, milk is produced by a mother for her baby. Why then is it considered an extreme view that we, as humans, are not designed to digest the milk of a goat or, more popularly even, a cow? Surely is it a far more absurd belief that we are designed to consume the milk produced for another species young.
Overall, approximately 75% of the world’s population is actually considered lactose intolerant, which is when the body does not produce enough lactose to break down the lactose found in milk derived products; considering the fact that after infancy the reduction of lactase activity is designed to happen this doesn’t really sound like such a large amount of people. If anything it would suggest that we are not actually genetically designed to consume milk after infancy, much less the milk from another mammal, particularly when taking into account the fact every other species after weaning does not ever drink milk again.
Considering all of this, now would be prime time to take advantage of the growing market of alternatives on offer. Soya milk is widely available at most large supermarkets as well as independent stores. While almond milk perhaps will not be in your local corner shop, your closest supermarket is likely to stock the increasingly popular option. Coconut milk, rice milk, oat milk are all other options to consider whether you are looking to remove lactose form your diet, make a few healthier choices, or just try out the alternatives. The vegan diet has never been better catered for, now is the time to take advantage, and see what health benefits you could experience along they way.