Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Treats!

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for SOY Ice cream!!

Ice cream is a summertime necessity!  It is creamy, tasty and cools you off!  We all grew up on ice cream and I always thought of it as a treat!  You tell your children "if you behave, we will go for ice cream".  Although, if it is made from cow's milk, it is not a treat for anyone.  You should know what goes in to making that ice cream and why a dairy alternative ice cream is just as good if not better. 

"Milk, Does a Body Good", right?  When you eat some yummy, warm vegan chocolate chip cookies, you need a big glass of milk to wash them down with.  Unfortunately, as we are all accustomed to do, cow's milk is not the way to wash down those cookies.  Cow's milk DOES NOT do a body good. 
Here are some Cow's Milk Facts:
* No species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. Cow's milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before they are 2 years old.
* Cow's milk is the number one cause of food allergies among children (including being linked to asthma, gas, bloating)
*Cow's milk can increase osteoporosis. The animal protein leaches calcium from the bones.
* Milk has a lot of animal fat in it and animal protein, not what your body needs
* Cow's milk has puss in it!  Milk with a maximum BTSCC (bulk tank somatic cell count) of 750,000 cells of puss per milliliter can be sold!  That is disgusting.  Keep reading to find out where the puss comes from if you do not know already. 

~~~A day in the life of a dairy cow~~~

Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do (to nourish their young) but calves on dairy farms are taken away from their mothers when they are just 1 day old! They are fed milk replacements (including cattle blood) so that their mothers' milk can be sold to humans.

Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. After giving birth, they milk for 10 months and are then inseminated again, continuing the cycle. Some spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors; others are confined to massive, crowded lots, where they are forced to live amid their own waste. Cows have a natural lifespan of about 25 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years. However, the stress caused by the conditions on factory farms leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time that they're 4 or 5 years old, at which time they are sent to be slaughtered.
Normally, these animals would produce only enough milk to meet the needs of their calves (around 16 pounds per day), but genetic manipulation, antibiotics, and hormones are used to force each cow to produce more than 20,000 pounds of milk each year (an average of 54 pounds per day). Cows are also fed unnatural, high-protein diets—which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals—because their natural diet of grass would not provide the nutrients that they need to produce such massive amounts of milk. They also develop painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis, is common among cows raised for their milk.  Due to the non stop milking even when the cow has mastitis, puss and other infections seep into the milk.  The dairy industry compensates for this by feeding the cow antibiotics so that humans don't get sick (although, they still do and are ingesting lots of antibiotics).  Organic milk is not any better.  The antibiotics are there, however the cows are still being impregnated and milk their whole lives.  The milk is still not healthy for humans. 

If you are a woman reading this, you have to know this is inhumane.  Just because my body can produce milk, I would hate to have a species market my body and sell my milk and children.  Cows are living beings who breath and love just like us.  Just because they do not walk on two feet or have jobs, humans enslave them.  We are brainwashed to think that cow's milk is healthy.  Not only is it inhumane, IT IS NOT HEALTHY! 

There are many alternatives to milk, ice cream, yogurt, cream cheese, cheese, etc.  They can be made out of Rice, Soy or Almond.  The taste is the same!  They just come without harmful chemicals, fat or cruelty.  That is something I will scream for!!  Whoo Hoo!!

1 comment:

  1. The SO Delicious brand is sooo good for real. Gav even recognises it at the store and wants everything they make!