Dairy Out, Alternatives In

alternative-dairy.jpgAccording to a recent report from Packaged Facts, a leading provider of market research in consumer goods, plant-based milk alternatives, including soy, rice, almond and other non-dairy milks, are rapidly gaining in popularity with domestic sales reaching $1.33 billion in 2011. At the same time, according to United States Department of Agriculture statistics, the market for cows' milk has dropped from 24.3 gallons per person in 1994 to 20.8 gallons per person in 2008.

Why are people moo-ving away from dairy? While cows' milk is high in artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, which can lead to serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, plant-based milk alternatives contain no cholesterol, are low in saturated fat and high in protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and B, and omega fatty acids.

Additionally, many people are ditching dairy after learning about the inherent cruelty involved in raising cows for milk. MFA's investigations into dairy farms across the country have revealed cows and calves being mutilated without painkillers, "downed" cows too sick or injured to stand being left to suffer for weeks before dying, and newborn calves being forcibly dragged away from their mothers and killed or sold for veal production. After only a few years of repeated impregnation and nearly constant milk production, most cows exploited by the dairy industry are considered worn out, or "spent," and are shipped to slaughter at a mere fraction of their normal lifespans.

Here is a glimpse into a typical dairy facility in the United States:


Thankfully, consumers can easily safeguard their health and prevent cruelty to cows simply by replacing milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products with cruelty-free vegan alternatives. Please visit ChooseVeg.com for tips on transitioning to a healthy and humane dairy-free diet.