Milk: bad for the en­vi­ron­ment?

The Point of You - - TRUTHSERUM / SÉRUMDEVÉRITÉ -

While there is no una­nim­ity over the ef­fects—good or bad—of milk on the body, there cer­tainly is over the dam­age that its pro­duc­tion does to our en­vi­ron­ment. We can say with­out doubt that the large-scale breed­ing of th­ese “cash cows” is a calamity for our planet. Not only does our live­stock re­lease large quan­ti­ties of green­house gases into the at­mos­phere and pol­lute our land and wa­ter ta­bles with its ex­cre­ment, it is also “guilty” of con­sum­ing far more than it pro­duces. It is es­ti­mated that at present, no less than 75% of the agri­cul­tural land on the planet is given over ex­clu­sively to feed for live­stock. Not to men­tion the amount of wa­ter they need. To pro­duce its daily yield of 27 liters of milk, a cow needs to drink around 170 liters of wa­ter and ru­mi­nate no less than 40 to 45 ki­los of fod­der. A large pro­por­tion of this is corn and soya—up to 80% of their in­take—which are grown in vast mono­cul­ture op­er­a­tions at the ex­pense of hu­man food crops and harm­ing the di­ver­sity of our ecosys­tems. This re­al­ity is a far cry from the pas­toral im­age of our queens of the meadow graz­ing peace­fully on the hill­sides.

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