What image comes to mind when you hear the word “milk”? Most people would see a glass of cow’s milk.
Few people would picture a baby sucking from its mother’s breast, yet this would be a more fitting image because milk, according to the Oxford dictionary, is “an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young”.
Cow milk is intended only for baby calves – so who do most people now view bovine baby milk as an “important” human food?
The answer is indoctrination. From childhood we are taught that “cows give us milk”. As adults, we are cleverly duped by the dairy industry into believing we need dairy for good health and strong bones. So we blithely go through life consuming dairy, never stopping to think how absurd it is to be suckling from a cow.
But the worst thing about drinking cow’s milk is the cruelty. Each year hundreds of thousands of calves are brought into the world for the sole purpose of killing them and stealing their milk for profit. June 1, already past, was World Milk Day, but we should be giving cow’s milk the flick and switching to wholesome, delicious plant-based milks that are specifically formulated for humans – not calves.