FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
Cow's milk is an inefficient food source. Cows, like humans, expend the majority
of their food intake simply leading their lives. It takes a great deal of grain and other foodstuffs cycled through cows to
produce a small amount of milk. And not only is milk a waste of energy and water, the production of milk is also a disastrous
source of water pollution. A dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day -- equal to that of two dozen people, but with
no toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.
In Lancaster County, Pa., manure from dairy cows is destroying the Chesapeake
Bay, and in California, which produces one-fifth of the country's total supply of milk, the manure from dairy farms has poisoned
vast expanses of underground water, rivers, and streams. In the Central Valley of California, the cows produce as much excrement
as a city of 21 million people, and even a smallish farm of 200 cows will produce as much nitrogen as in the sewage from a
community of 5,000 to 10,000 people, according to a U.S. Senate report on animal waste.
FOR YOUR HEALTH:
Dairy products are a health hazard. They contain no fiber or complex carbohydrates
and are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol. They are contaminated with cow's blood and pus and are frequently contaminated
with pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. Dairy products are linked to allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease,
cancer, and other diseases.
The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children,
saying it can cause anemia, allergies, and insulin-dependent diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and
heart disease, America's number one cause of death.
And dairy products may actually cause osteoporosis, not prevent
it, since their high-protein content leaches calcium from the body. Population studies, backed up by a groundbreaking Harvard
study of more than 75,000 nurses, suggest that drinking milk can actually cause osteoporosis.