Plant-based milk sales grow
As the public becomes more conscious of the large number of negative side effects caused by dairy, eating habits are changing. Plant-based milk sales have been increasing and are predicted to skyrocket over the coming years.
Now, the plant-based milk industry is expected to grow by 13.3% between 2016 and 2022 bringing the total value to $21.7billion. That’s still only a small evaluation compared to milk sourced from cows. That industry was valued at around $340bn in 2014. However, it’s a promising sign that plant-based milk sales are increasing rapidly as those of cows milk are slowing.
The problem with cow’s milk
It should be no surprise that plant-based milk sales are increasing at such a rate, There are a huge number of issues related to the human consumption of milk.
Exploiting millions of animals yearly, confining them to small cages and stealing their calves at birth should be deemed illegal. All animals feel pain the same as humans, whether emotional or physical.
This is only skimming the surface (pardon the pun!)
Destroying our health
Along with that, cows milk contributes to a host of chronic diseases. Think, obesity and cancer along with all the other big killers such as heart disease. More worryingly, it’s becoming increasingly known to cause heart disease and type 1 diabetes in infants.
It should be of no surprise, child obesity is on the rise. We must remember that the hormones in cows milk are designed to turn a 28kg calf into a 720kg cow. As long as we keep feeding our children cows milk, they’ll keep getting fatter. We simply aren’t meant to consume animal milk except that of our own human mother.
Milk for your bones? Nope
What you might’ve been told your whole life- that we NEED cows milk to prevent osteoporosis and build strong bones, is completely false. In fact, all research shows that the calcium from cows milk helps in no way to the development of strong bones.
“It is possible to decrease the risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium intake in the diet, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as kale, broccoli, and other leafy green vegetables and beans. You can also use calcium-fortified products such as breakfast cereals and juices.”
Hopefully, with the transition of more people consuming plant-based milk, we will see issues like these start to fall. We can only look forward to a future where cows are not tortured and abused their whole life.