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
“…..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.]