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Why You Should Limit Your Intake of Commercially Produced Milk:

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Mammal, Why You Should Limit Your Intake of Commercially Produced Milk:The 9 million cows living on dairy farms in the United States spend most of their lives in large sheds or on feces-caked mud lots, where disease is rampant. Cows raised for their milk are repeatedly impregnated. Their babies are taken away so that humans can drink the milk intended for the calves. When their exhausted bodies can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter.
Lots of waste. In fact, your average dairy cow produces - 120 pounds of waste a day.
The dairy industry is an extension of the beef industry, which is now recognized as an environmental nightmare (used-up dairy cows are sent to the slaughterhouse after an average of four years, one-fifth their normal life expectancy). According to a UN report,"cows are leading contributors to climate change ... putting out 18% of the world's carbon dioxide, and emitting more greenhouse gases than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation combined."
Under current industrial methods, cow's milk is often a toxic brew of bio-engineered hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides—all of which are bad for us and the environment.
The biochemical make-up of cow's milk perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in one year. It contains, for example, three times more protein and seven times more mineral content while human milk has 10 times as much essential fatty acids, three times as much selenium, and half the calcium.
What about calcium? Humans, like cows, get all the calcium they need from a plant-based diet, contrary to what the Dairy Association, a powerful lobbying group, would have you believe with their ad campaigns.
It is still widely accepted that the calcium in dairy products will strengthen our bones and help prevent osteoporosis, but studies show that foods originating from animal sources (like milk) make the blood acidic. When this occurs, the blood leeches calcium from the bones to increase alkalinity. While this works wonders for the pH balance of your blood, it sets your calcium-depleted bones up for osteoporosis. As explained by John Robbins, "The only research that even begins to suggest that the consumption of dairy products might be helpful [in preventing osteoporosis] has been paid for by the National Dairy Council itself."
The notion that milk is good for all of us throughout life has been fostered by the dairy industry. A lot of adults worldwide can't digest lactose, the natural sugar in milk. This is because as we mature, our bodies stop making the enzyme that breaks it down. As a result, many may develop gas, cramps and/or diarrhea whenever milk is consumed.
Here’s another concern about cow’s milk: the milk protein, casein, can irritate the immune system and stimulate mucus production, worsening allergy symptoms. This is why milk consumption is associated with recurrent childhood ear infections, eczema, and chronic bronchitis. It is also being studied as a possible link to cancer.
It’s easier than ever to go milk free now – choose rice milk or almond milk. If you still can’t give up that glass of milk, try to source it locally and organically and don’t support the horrific commercial milk industry.


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