We don’t need U.S.-style milk farm­ing

RE: Trump’s milk shake puts dairy in­dus­try on no­tice (May 1)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Mak­ing milk and any­thing de­rived through it (e.g. cheese) is only ex­pen­sive due to the fact that pretty much any dairy farm you go to is hu­mane in na­ture and only has a small num­ber of cows sub­ject to milk­ing. If cows are sick, they won’t be milked, mak­ing ev­ery­thing eas­ier on them (they’re not be­ing mis­treated) and peo­ple who choose to con­sume dairy (they won’t get sick via con­sum­ing tainted milk).

Con­trast our poli­cies with any linked to dairy down south. Most Amer­i­can farms hardly de­serve the word; based on their enor­mous size they are pretty much in­sti­tu­tions. Cows are treated as ma­chines, sub­ject to milk­ing no mat­ter their phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

Do we want to em­u­late the abu­sive prac­tices of our south­ern neigh­bours based on the­o­ret­i­cal cost savings, which dis­ap­pear as a re­sult of cows dy­ing due to abu­sive liv­ing con­di­tions rather than nat­u­ral causes? Why not sim­ply cut costs through re­duc­ing the num­ber of farms we have to re­flect the lower amount of dairy be­ing con­sumed? Seems log­i­cal and hu­mane, traits that ought to de­fine Cana­di­an­hood. Amy Soule, Hamil­ton

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