Vegan since February 2011
Join Date: Apr 2013
There is a huge push back by the dairy industry of course, and from those who love dairy. The "real" food and "real milk" argument is being pushed everywhere, as well as mention of all the terrible chemicals that are supposedly in plant based milk, and "lack of nutrition". I belong to an osteoporosis forum on Facebook, and the anti vegan sentiment is very strong. Someone recently started a thread just for the sake of bashing vegans, and discussing how much worse their bones would be in years to come bla bla (as if we are all on their because were so healthy and strong right?), and at least 20 people responded bashing vegans. I did of course speak up to challenge the negativity and judgment on a forum that is supposed to be a "support group", and thankfully a moderator stepped in. But I am not blind to the fact that nondairy is still a minority in the grand scheme of things. Inevitably some omnis ditching dairy milk for plant milk for health reasons will be persuaded by the arguments over how much better dairy is than plant based milks.
I'm excited that plant milks are becoming more popular, but I am skeptical that the dairy industry won't continue to thrive for a long time to come. The local Dairy queen just up the road from where I live is VERY popular. :/
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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