While you might not have noticed sales in regards to milk have not been particularly high in the past few years. With so many alternatives readily available and education being shared it seems the industry in itself might come to an end sometime in the not so terribly distant future.
I recently came across a study in the British Medical Journal that went over how drinking milk actually leads to an increased mortality rate and makes our bones more fragile which is the opposite of what we are told it does. While this might not sound like much it really outlines how little we truly know about drinking milk in itself. Cow’s milk is not what it is made out to be by any means.
Because of the decline in purchases and use of dairy milk 52 dairy farms in New York have actually lost their wholesale contracts as no one is lined up to purchase their milk from July onwards. According to CBSLocal in Sullivan County alone within the last 40 years, they have seen the end of at least 60 dairy farms.
Global forces are hitting local farms, everything from increased production in China, to Walmart bottling its own milk in Indiana. Tastes are changing too. The average American drinks 37% less milk today than in 1970.
Some consumers, choosing almond milk and other alternatives.
“I don’t know how you milk an almond, but, whatever,” joked Alice.
Farmers are encouraged that researchers are questioning the alleged link between whole milk and childhood obesity.
The Obama administration banned whole milk in schools. Farmers are working to overturn that. Some want a quota system to prevent mega-farms from producing so much milk it hurts family farms. Many want price supports so they at least break even.
“To create a floor, for the milk price,” said dairy farmer, Cindy Gieger. “So it can’t drop down below cost of production.”
“Elected officials can deal with this now,” said Wes Gillingham, Co-Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “They need to act now and address the problem and fix the situation that we’ve gotten ourselves into.”
While this might be a damning thing for those who are in the dairy industry, it is a good thing for the cows that living in terrible conditions on some of the more demanding dairy farms in the long run. With veganism rising by over 600 percent since 2014 and people across the globe opting for non-dairy milk who knows where things might end up going. That being said, it does suck that the smaller farms are the ones going down first as they are the ones that take the best care of their animals most often.
Aside from the cow’s milk coming from outside the US, this could be seen as a positive and a negative depending on how you look at it. Regardless though, it seems the driving force behind this are compassion towards animals, environmental concern, and an increase in personal health awareness. What do you think about all of this? Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing and will it continue in other parts of the US?