The UK dairy industry: a major contributor to compromised health and animal cruelty

At long last! The dairy “part two” you’ve all been waiting for (with apologies for DEFRA’s snail-paced response skills). I can’t reiterate or stress how important it is that you read this and take heed. Act on this and I absolutely guarantee you’ll be securing much-improved health for you and your family.

I was out with friends the other night and one of them commented to me that – having read about the proven health implications and the consequential cruelty to every cow on the planet – it was arguably better all-round to forego the dairy in our diets above abstaining from meat.

I have to say I more or less agree with her. Obviously, my additional caveat would be “ditch the dairy FIRST”, then build up to cutting out the meat. Again, I say this for the benefit of your long-term health.

… just hear me out and read through a few more factoids which, let me tell you, you won’t find at the fingertips of any dairy council or Government in the west. Hmmm, funny that:

  • Osteoporosis: THE BIGGEST LIE OF ALL!  Every country in the western hemisphere has its own dairy council. It’s their job to shift as many bottles of the white stuff – and all related by-products – on behalf of dairy farmers through the use of clever, persuasive marketing campaigns. We’ve all heard it a million times: “You need milk for healthy bones and teeth”. “Nice cold, ice cold milk”. “Gotta lotta bottle”.

Absolute bu*****t!!!!!

Dairy is acidic. And, from some of my earlier posts, you will know that this ain’t good (cancer positively thrives on an acidic, anaerobic environment). When your body is too acidic, it will mine its own supply of alkaline minerals to neutralise the pH. How? By taking alkaline calcium ions from your teeth, bones and organs. And if your bones are lacking in calcium, you’re leaving yourself wide open to osteoporosis in later life, plus a greater tendency towards fractures in general. It’s no coincidence that numerous studies – including one by Harvard University – show that the highest dairy-consuming countries in the world are also those with the highest levels of this cruel, debilitating disease.

China’s figures for osteoporosis are among the lowest in the world. And what do they avoid? Yes, you’ve guessed it. Their diets mainly centre around rice, noodles, soybeans and veg. Ditto for South America, where they tend to replace dairy with coconut products and eat lots of vegetable stews with rice.


  • Cancer-loving oestrogen: Constantly pregnant in order to give us milk, cows produce WAY more oestrogen than nature intended, which has proven links with certain cancers, particularly those peculiar to women. And just like the tons of antibiotics used to treat every cow’s ills, it’s right there in the milk you’re buying.

Cow’s milk also naturally contains a growth factor known as IGF-1, as does the human body. Its message to the body’s cells is simply “Grow, grow, grow!” Logically, by consuming milk, you’re adding to your natural levels of IGF-1, which isn’t good news if you develop cancer, for obvious reasons.


  • Asthma, eczema and psoriasis: If you know of anyone with these complaints, suggest they leave the dairy alone completely for a month or two – and see the difference. You’ll be astounded. This particularly includes childhood asthma and eczema, but it’s also an effective solution for adults too. What have you got to lose? Believe me, everyone will feel better after a month off the dairy, even if you don’t suffer from these horrid conditions.


  • Taking the pus: According to Government figures, 400 million pus cells per litre – the somatic cells which are produced to defend against the bacteria which causes mastitis – are LEGALLY allowed in your milk, even the organic stuff. Yes, I said PUS. This could mean up to 2 million pus cells in one teaspoon. Yum.


  • You’re unwittingly supporting the veal industry: I know many committed carnivores who would rather stick their head in a gas oven than eat veal, because they know the unbelievably cruel methods involved with rearing much of it.

Simply by buying ANY dairy product – organic or non-organic – you are supporting the system in which male calves – born purely to keep their mothers lactating – are either raised as veal, or simply slaughtered.

Veal is the term used to describe any male calf under a year old. Before the EU ban in 2007, these poor creatures were reared in tiny crates so they could not move, and kept in the dark. Apparently, these barbaric methods give the meat its characteristic sweet taste. But despite the crate ban, certain ethical issues prevail:

a)      White veal is deprived of iron in its diet. And we all know how half-dead and zombie-fied we feel if we’re anaemic. This keeps the flesh pale. They have limited access to roughage, which is essential for efficient digestion and overall health. They are STILL kept in the dark for long periods and kept on wooden slats.

b)      The scenario is slightly better for rose veal (more common in the UK than white veal), which is allowed iron, roughage and cow’s milk in its diet, “loosely housed” (interpret that as you will) and allowed freedom of movement.

This information has come direct from DEFRA, but the two things they couldn’t tell me was how many UK calves are reared this way, and how many are shipped off to mainland Europe to be reared as white veal. “There is no data available”.


  • Never-ending soreness, inflammation and infection: Ever had mastitis? For those of you who haven’t, it’s inflammation of the breast which causes pain, swelling and discharge. If you have, you’ll know how excruciating it is. Imagine having it and then being attached to a milking machine day in, day out, which only makes the problem worse. The poor cows never get a chance to recover, so they’re over-medicated with antibiotics, which – yep, you’ve guessed it – are passed on in the skimmed, full fat or semi-skimmed which your family is pouring on to its cereal, tea and coffee every morning. Antibiotic levels are lower in organic milk, but given all the other stuff that argues against milk consumption, that fact can hardly be seen as a bonus.


  • The sad life of a dairy cow: I’m not ashamed to admit that when I read these facts, I did cry. Cows form a strong bond with their young from the moment of birth. They have been known to break out of fields and walk for miles in their search for the calves already taken from them for auction. The true life expectancy of a cow is 15 years. But after an exhausting existence as a non-stop baby and milking machine, a cow’s milk production will drop dramatically around 5 years, leading to slaughter for economic reasons.

Ditching the dairy? It’s a no-brainer.


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by George

I’m George Dryden - a slightly-off-the-wall-but-in-a-good-way journalist, blogger and almost-raw vegan. In April 2014, I graduated as a Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Health Institute, in Florida, USA (more about George)

0 thoughts on “The UK dairy industry: a major contributor to compromised health and animal cruelty

  1. Jol says:

    Thank you for this. Along with Gary Yourofsky’s talks this has easily tipped the balance for me to go vegan. I cried also with respect to the dairy industry and our blind complicit support for it.

    • georgemcgina says:

      That’s so amazing to hear! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing that. Just to back up your decision, I would heartily recommend the following films, which you can probably find on Netflix or buy on Amazon on DVD: Food Matters, Forks over Knives, Food, Inc, and Eating. Enjoy! You’ll feel so much better. And go and have a few colonics to get everything out of your system. 🙂

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