The dairy industry has decided to “get real” with customers, launching a massive campaign to share the truth about real milk. Only, what they are doing is lying about milk and calling it truth.
The Real Truth About Milk
I have not had time to write my anti-milk manifesto yet, but for those of you who do not know why milk is so harmful, I’ll give you a quick and dirty list:
- Veal calves come from dairy cows – they can’t let the babies drink the milk so they lock them in cages and slaughter them instead.
- Dairy has been shown to a cause of type I diabetes when consumed by very young children.
- Milk has been shown to cause everything from acne to breast and prostate cancer. Your risk of cancer goes up dramatically if you drank milk as a child, making the current “Milk Life” campaign especially insidious, since they are targeting parents.
- Dairy contains pus, antibiotics, hormones, industrial toxins, mercury, cholesterol and saturated fat. Even organic milk is going to have tons of hormones – it’s from a pregnant cow afterall!
Those are just some highlights, folks. Some of those facts come from books I’ve read, like Eat to Live, so I don’t have time to track down the studies but I can link to two reliable sites that provide a nice overview of why milk is dangerous:
I’m working on a post for tomorrow, but as a sneak peek, Harvard just took a hard line against the USDA’s “MyPlate” and released their own version, called the “Healthy Eating Plate” that leaves dairy off as a recommendation for food, and only includes it as a limited beverage (they say 1-2 servings a day max).
Fight Back on Twitter
So, I implore you to take to Twitter today to go up against this disgusting “Get Real” campaign. Use #getreal and #milktruth to tweet ACTUAL truths about dairy. If you need inspiration, this PETA page has some great one liners that’ll fit into the 140 character restriction quite nicely.
If you participate in the anti-dairy campaign today, please tag me or share what you wrote here in the comments. Let’s band together, the dairy industry has gotten away with brainwashing us for too long!