Now I’ve never been a huge milk fan – yes I used to put it on my Coco Pops (yes I know.. I actually used to eat that crap!) but I was never one to glug a good old glass of the white stuff as an actual drink. But cheese? Oh yes, cheese is my friend. Well actually it used to be my friend. I regularly used to invite Brie, Cheddar, Stilton, Red Leicester and Port Salut to lunch, dinner and well, any other time I fancied it really. These days however, my “cheese” consists of a homemade nut variety – a recipe I will share with you a little later.
Unfortunately, long gone are the days where cows are reared in a comfortable and natural environment allowing them to produce quality milk. Instead they are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones in order to produce more milk at a faster rate so that growing demand and consumption can be met. The majority are kept in factory-farms where they spend most of their life making them more susceptible to lameness which is very painful for them or mastitis, a nasty infection of the udder.
Cows are supposed to live in fields, not crammed in with 500 other cows in warehouses where they are just used as milk machines. Not only do the cows live a stressful and unnatural life, the chemicals they are fed and injected with make their way into the things we eat.
Yup, hormone and anti-biotic residues naturally end up in their milk which is used to make that cheddar you had in your sandwich yesterday. And yet we drink their milk, eat the cheese it is made from AND feed it to our kids. You may as well just skip spending money on the pint of milk and inject yourself with an unneccessary dose of anti-biotics. There is also the matter of the pesticides, insecticides and herbicides that the grains the cows have been fed have been sprayed with – a few more toxins to swamp your body. Let’s also not forget that our bodies were never designed to consume milk from another being, especially one with 4 stomachs. Maybe that’s why some people with more sensitive stomachs struggle to break down dairy products leaving them “lactose intolerant”.
Maybe I’m being harsh – the truth is sometimes scary but it needs to be known.
The “GotMilk” campaign endorsed by numerous celebrities claims that milk can help build strong bones, muscles and give you healthy hair, skin and nails. REALLY? If you drink milk and eat cheese to get a body like Rebecca Romijn then I suggest you think again.
Nocton Dairies want to produce the UK’s first “mega-dairy”. If this goes ahead, 8100 cows will be milked 3 times daily, produce 19,300 pints each per year and if lucky get to spend 0-2 months outside in its’ natural environment. Check out what a mega-dairy cow looks like..
If you’re thinking, “But not ALL animal products come from the evil dairy industry! What about the small farmers who massage their cattle to sleep every night while singing them lullabies?” IF ONLY!
But the truth is that while we can’t guarantee that is the case, my choice is to opt out of consuming animal products so as not to perpetuate the cycle of cruelty which only worsens as demand rises and profits grow.
If you would like to show your support for animal welfare, click on the link and tell your friends to say “NOT IN MY CUPPA!”