Will you be joining us in celebrating World Plant Milk Day on 22 August? Millions of people around the world are now learning about the horrible suffering inherent in the dairy industry and are switching from cow's milk to the rich variety of plant-based alternatives.
From almond, soy, coconut, oat and cashew to pea, hemp, rice and peanut milk, the diversity of vegan milks continues to grow. In Australia, the plant-based milk category has grown by 58 percent in just two years, with 1 in 6 Australians going dairy free.
Here are some of the positive impacts switching to plant based milk will have:
Avoid causing suffering to animals: The dairy industry is a cause of immeasurable stress to cows. Due to the enormous volume of milk production, dairy cows must endure uncomfortable and stressful conditions that do not meet even their most basic needs. Switching to plant-based milk means that you are no longer part of this unnecessary suffering.
Better for the planet: Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, species extinction, loss of fresh water, rainforest destruction and air and water pollution. Switching from dairy to plant-based milk is one of the ways in which you can significantly reduce your impact on the planet.
Better for you: Research consistently shows that a whole food plant based diet, including plant milk, is good for your health. Such a diet can help prevent hypertension, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer. You don't need dairy milk to be healthy. In fact, only one third of people produce the lactase enzyme which enables them to digest milk during adulthood. Humans are the only animal who regularly and intentionally consumes milk into adulthood - the milk of another species at that.
Better selection: The rise of plant-based milk around the world means that consumers are no longer limited to soy milk but can now choose from a wide selection of plant-based milks, from almond to oat, hemp, cashew, and many other nuts and grains.
Better for people: The land used for growing crops to feed to animals in order to produce dairy milk is far larger than the land used to grow the crops used for plant-based milks. Reduced land use means that there is more land available to grow crops for people rather than farmed animals.