Humans are born and bred on milk. From the day we’re born, most of us are fed milk from our mothers, and eventually weaned onto cow’s milk. It’s marketed to us as natural, healthy and beneficial to a well-rounded diet; but if that’s the case, why are so many people taking a stand and ditching the dairy?
Just a couple of days ago, Field’s Beneath Cafe in London’s Kentish Town, made headlines for a sign it posted in the window, letting customers know that this was the final week they would be using cow’s milk for their coffees. Instead, oat milk would be offered as standard, with soy and almond available for 30p extra. This is a remarkable step considering the financial losses it could cause – people do not like their morning coffees being messed with – but it is certainly admirable, and hopefully it’ll encourage more places to follow in their footsteps.
Additionally, in the USA, dairy producer Elmhurst Dairy has completely overhauled it’s products, with ‘Milked,’ a range of natural nut milks replacing their previous cow’s milk counterparts. The CEO himself said that ‘pasteurised fluid milk has sort of gone out of style.’
He’s right. Not only are we drinking less milk, consumers are also purchasing plant-based protein powders over whey protein, and Sainsbury’s have even bought out a range of vegan cheeses. It’s so exciting to see the changes happening. Every small victory is a step closer to the plant-based future *waves almond milk latte victoriously*
But you may still be wondering why? Despite having switched from cow’s milk to almond milk over four years ago (mostly for taste preference) it wasn’t until I went vegan that I learned how inhumane the dairy industry is, not to mention detrimental to our health, and the environment.
After all, the cows don’t have to die for milk. Do they? I don’t like to preach but I do strongly recommend watching the following video if you still consume dairy products – it might just make you spare a thought for the cows next time you order that extra milky latte.
Got plant milk?