Eight reasons to NOT drink milk…

It’s news stories like this that should be keeping marketing people at the DFO (Dairy Farmers of Ontario) from sleeping at night. The solution is simple, folks. Many of these reasons apply only to pasteurized milk.

We’ve got to start “re-tooling” our dairy farms to begin producing more of that good grass-fed, organically-managed, A2 raw milk before even more people start thinking like this author does. Here is an excerpt from a report by Mickey Z. of Planet Green, on Alternet.org

RAW -- a kind of milk thats actually worth drinking!

RAW -- milk with a different set of "problems" -- mostly political

“…..The 9 million cows living on dairy farms in the United States spend most of their lives in large sheds or on feces-caked mud lots, where disease is rampant. Cows raised for their milk are repeatedly impregnated. Their babies are taken away so that humans can drink the milk intended for the calves. When their exhausted bodies can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter and ground up for hamburgers….”

“Environmental Reasons to Avoid Milk

1. Dairy cows produce waste.
Lots of waste. In fact, your average dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day — equal to that of more than two dozen people, but without toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.

[Note from the Bovine: Of course, on a Biodynamic or organic farm that waste wouldn’t be going untreated into the groundwater, it would be properly composted after which it would provide a prime source of fertility for the farm, obviating the “need” for artificial chemical fertilizers.]

2. Let me repeat: Dairy cows produce lots and lots of waste (and greenhouse gases).
California produces one-fifth of the country’s total milk supply. According to MilkSucks.com, “in the Central Valley of California, the cows produce as much excrement as a city of 21 million people, and even a smallish farm of 200 cows will produce as much nitrogen as in the sewage from a community of 5,000 to 10,000 people, according to a U.S. Senate report on animal waste.”

[Bovine editor’s note: I think it’s been documented that grass-fed cows produce much less “greenhouse gas” than their grain-fed counterparts. As for nitrogen, that’s an important fertilizing element for the farm. See note after 1]

3. Milk production ultimately leads to climate change.
The dairy industry is an extension of the beef industry (used-up dairy cows are sent to the slaughterhouse after an average of four years, one-fifth their normal life expectancy) which means it plays a major role in creating climate change. Here’s the equation: The dairy industry uses cows before passing them on to be slaughtered by the beef industry which is now recognized as an environmental nightmare. “According to a UN report,” writes Brian Merchant, “cows are leading contributors to climate change … Accounting for putting out 18% of the world’s carbon dioxide, cows emit more greenhouse gases than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation combined.” That means the industry of exploiting all cows — including dairy cows — involves destructive practices like deforestation and polluting offshoots like runoff.

[Bovine editor’s note: Of course Biodynamic or Organic farmers often keep their cows in production much longer than is indicated here.]

4. Milk often contains unwanted ingredients.
Under current industrial methods, cow’s milk is often a toxic bovine brew of man-made ingredients like bio-engineered hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides — all of which are bad for us and the environment. For example, unintentional pesticide poisonings kill an estimated 355,000 people globally each year. In addition the drugs pumped into livestock often re-visit us in our water supply…..”

[Bovine editor’s note: This is the prime reason for organic or biodynamic farming and avoiding pasteurization and homogenization — NO artificial ingredients or processes added to the milk.]

Read the whole article on AlterNet.org

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8 responses to “Eight reasons to NOT drink milk…

  1. thebovine

    What’s not addressed here is the prime reason for having cattle and other ruminants on a farm.

    They can eat stuff like grass and hay that no other animals can digest.

    And of course they provide fertility for crops on the farm in the form of manure, as well as food products such as milk, meat, etc.

  2. cowboss

    I must point out your error in the statement “They can eat stuff like grass and hay that no other animals can digest. ” — Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese and Pigs all can, and do, if given the chance, consume and digest “grass and hay” — Sorry to be “contrary” but it is important that your readers are fully informed.

    cowboss

  3. cowboss

    Another reason “to NOT drink milk…” — as you may know many dairy cows in ” ‘Tie stall’ factory farms and YES, EVEN Organic farms are Subjected to “Electric Shock Bar Treatment 24/7” to keep them from Naturally humping their back to pee and poo — all this for the sole convenience of the “farmer” — A practise which must end, And yes DFO is NOT impressed with my saying so!

    “Electric cow trainers” are Banned in Sweden!

    “Electric cow trainers are torture tools!” …. Lawrence Andres Co-founder of “Harmony Organic Dairy” at the Guelph Organic conference 2006.

    For info on “Electric Shock Bars” and their “insane” use on dairy farms please visit: http://cowbossatwscc.blogspot.com/2009/06/boycott-milk.html

    cowboss

  4. thebovine

    Cowboss, those other animals may eat grass, but do you really think they eat hay?

    Interesting note about electric trainers. I wasn’t aware of that issue.

    Of course there’s also the problem of ground currents, but that’s only at some farms. If there’s a strong enough current flowing through the ground (because of imbalances in the electrical circuits or weird grounding) some current will be flowing through the cow as well due to potential difference between the voltage at the various points at which the animal touches the ground.

  5. cowboss

    Of course they eat hay, you must be quite young — when I grew up we always put “second cut” hay through the hammer mill for the pigs, if we did not have enough of that we used Alfalfa pellets, That was the way, “Before Soy”. My pigs eat fresh grass/alfalfa in season and haylage during the “off seasons”. Chickens also love the leafy bale chaff during the winter. You should try it — makes for really great meat/ eggs! and happy, healthy animals/birds!

    You do not have to believe me, Ask Joel Salatin!

    cowboss

  6. thebovine

    Cowboss, thanks for filling us in on animal feeding practices. However, I think the basic point could be expanded to say that the rationale for keeping “animals” — not just ruminants — is that they can eat a lot of things people can’t and therefore they add a digestive process to the “farm organism”.

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