We don’t need U.S.-style milk farming
RE: Trump’s milk shake puts dairy industry on notice (May 1)
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