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Why milk will leave a bad taste in your mouth!

Why milk will leave a bad taste in your mouth!

Posted 21 August 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, calves, soy milk

Herbie the bull is living what I would say is my dream life. He gets to run around outside on the grass all day ... and play with a ball. If you thought dogs were the only animals that loved playing with toys, then check out the love affair Herbie is having with his new ball!

Just like cats and dogs, cows have their own individual personalities. Rosamund Young (author of The Secret Lives of Cows), points out that cows "can be highly intelligent, moderately so, or slow to understand; friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud, or shy." They form friendships with other cows, and mother cows form strong bonds with their calves.

But what you may not know is that dairy cows live a life far different to what you might remember from your picture books. Like all mammals (including humans!) cows will only produce milk after they have been pregnant - the milk obviously being meant for their babies. But newborn calves are taken from their mums less than a day after birth. And the milk intended for them makes its way into cartons and then the supermarket fridge.

You may be wondering, "Where do the calves go? Do they get a ball like Herbie?" As much as that would make my day, the reality couldn't be any more different. After separation, the mother and the calf will cry out for each other for days but their chances of a reunion are next to none. Most calves will be killed as a "waste-product" of the dairy industry at just 5 days old. This includes all male calves because they can't produce milk, and any young females not needed to restock the herd of milking cows. Every year in Australia, 700,000 calves are killed like this as part of the system that puts milk and cheese on supermarket shelves.

Not a "feel-good" kinda story is it? The good news for you and for cows though, is that there are alternatives to dairy available in supermarkets and delis across Australia. So Good ice-cream, Tofutti Cuties, oat milk, and Notzarella cheese are all items you can sub into the fridge to replace dairy products. And those are just my faves. Not only do they taste good, they also help save cows and their calves from suffering. That's win-win for everyone!

When it comes to milk, are you Team Oat or Team Soy (or even Team Rice)? And what about desserts - So Good or Tofutti? Tell all in the comments below!

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JessBrazil JessBrazil 21 August 2012
1
So Good vanilla bliss is amaaaazing. Great in smoothies with banana and almond butter.  Nom nom nom.
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...2 ...2 22 August 2012
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I'm a major lover and advocate of Almond Breeze almond milk. It's delicious and fortified with the goodness of 300mg of calcium per serve.

I love Tofutti ice cream and Notzarella has been a life changer!
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 24 August 2012
3
That video is so freaking cute!
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 24 August 2012
4
We are the only species that believes it to be natural to drink another specie's milk that is meant for babies. I don't even understand it. I cannot fathom how once informed, people continue to think it's ok to put living breathing loving lives such as Herbie in the conditions I have been unfortunate enough to see and experience.
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OinkMoo OinkMoo 25 August 2012
5
Herbie is so cute tongue I should give my cows a ball and see what they do with it tongue
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Theodora Theodora 28 August 2012
6
I'm for Team almond!
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Newkita Newkita 11 September 2012
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I'm actually a vegetarian, but I drink rice milk, because I find the taste 100 times preferable to cow milk... That reason, and I used to be vegan...
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mandy-lou mandy-lou 24 September 2012
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Herbie is the luckiest boy around. My heart bleeds for the others
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