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TScott 12-02-2009 08:47 AM

you know, im eating almond milk with my cereal right now and truly, i cant really tell the difference

Tom 12-02-2009 09:39 AM

Hi, jlo! I think the other posts have pretty much covered it.



Theoretically, I think the problems of what to do with the male calves, and their mothers after they were no longer producing milk, could be solved. Of course, one would have to be okay with the idea of using animals so long as they are treated well during their lives and not killed before their natural lives were over.



Cows could be kept with their calves, and only milk produced in excess of what her calf needs would be taken. Cows who aren't being milked, as well as the males (oxen), might be draft animals on the farms where they lived. HOWEVER- I suspect that the level of dairy consumption we now have would be unsustainable by these methods, and milk products would be more expensive than they are now.



In any case, I don't know of any commercial dairies that are run like this. The Hare Krishna communities mentioned earlier in this thread treat their herds acceptably- but I believe they only produce enough milk for their own communities' use. I'm sure some folks have "pet" cows who live good, full lives, but again I don't personally know any... so I'm afraid you'll have to keep looking. Sorry I couldn;t offer more help.

Earthling 12-02-2009 09:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TScott View Post

you know, im eating almond milk with my cereal right now and truly, i cant really tell the difference



I feel the same about using soy milk, I hardly notice.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom View Post

In any case, I don't know of any commercial dairies that are run like this. The Hare Krishna communities mentioned earlier in this thread treat their herds acceptably- but I believe they only produce enough milk for their own communities' use.



It's also tremendously expensive to produce and the cost would probably be prohibitive. A pint of normal cow's milk here is about 50p, a pint of Hare Krishna milk costs about £3 to produce.


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