The article leaves out a lot of information (though I understand it is an article, not a book lol). As far as environment, the article fails to mention that cattle require an immense amount of land space, food, and water. With water shortages around the world and so many people suffering from hunger, this is an expensive and inefficient way for people to obtain a product...dairy...to meet their nutritional needs. More crops are used to feed cattle worldwide than humans, and entire areas of great rainforests in Brazil have had to be decimated for cattle farming. Small local farms are not so humane either. My husband's parents live across the road from a small dairy farm and I have heard plenty of times the cries of mother cows when it's time to take away the calves. There is no mistaking that cry. Any time animals are exploited as a food source, it can never be "humane". If someone kept me as a slave and cut off my hair to use for their own purpose each time it grew out and kept me from family and bonding and so on, but allowed me to have shelter and food there, it would still be exploitation and inhumane.
On the health angle, the article also does not mention that dairy has been tested for and sometimes contains traces of antibiotics and hormones used to treat cattle to make them produce more milk.
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