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Due to plummeting demand for dairy milk, 52 New York dairy farms have lost their wholesale contracts and have no one lined up to buy their milk beginning this July.

As CBS New York notes, the average American drinks 37 percent less milk now than they did in 1970. This can be credited to a few things. Of course, many opt for milk alternatives for environmental or health reasons, but since humans do not naturally consume milk after childhood, let alone another animal’s milk, lactose intolerance has also caused countless consumers to ditch dairy. With milk alternatives filling up supermarket shelves, made from everything from cashews, coconuts, peas, rice, oats, hazelnuts, hemp, flax, macadamia nuts, and of course, soy and almond, ditching dairy milk has never been easier. The rise in demand for milk alternatives is so high that the global dairy-free milk market is expected to reach $14.4 billion by 2020. Talk about an incentive for these dairy farmers to make a switch to plant-based milks!

Although there can be sympathy brought about for the families who have relied on these dairy farms for their livelihood, it must be noted that there have been a number of dairy farms who have successfully switched over to growing crops like almonds and producing plant-based milk alternatives instead of dairy. As this latest news proves, conscious consumerism is taking over and making changes in the market. All wise businesspeople know to adjust according to market demand (heck, even meat giants Tyson and Cargill have invested in lab-grown meat, recognizing that the future of food is rapidly changing) and if these dairy farmers want to stay afloat, perhaps it would be of benefit to them to begin turning their dairy farms into plant-based farms that will match consumer demand and lead to improved sales for themselves.

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Denise Baudin
3 Months Ago

GREAT NEWS.
"With milk alternatives filling up supermarket shelves, made from everything from cashews, coconuts, peas, rice, oats, hazelnuts, hemp, flax, macadamia nuts, and of course, soy and almond, ditching dairy milk has never been easier. The rise in demand for milk alternatives is so high that the global dairy-free milk market is expected to reach $14.4 billion by 2020. Talk about an incentive for these dairy farmers to make a switch to plant-based milks!"

What will the \'DIARY FARMERS/...................." DO WITH THE COWS NOW????????????????? TURN THEM INTO STEAKS OR SEND THEM TO SAFE PASTURE/SANCTUARIES????????????????????????


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Douglas Felsch
23 Jun 2018

Whatyour activism is doing is pushing the small family farms into mega-dairies, the one thing that you so despise, Dairy is not going away and will always be available its just that now instead of on farmer taking care of fifty activism is forcing cows into several thousand-cow dairies. Seems to me you shot yourself in the foot.

Tiffany
26 Jun 2018

These cows, like all animals exploited for their secretions or body, will most likely be sent to slaughter. The positive in this story is that the dairy industry is slowly dismantling,THAT is the greater good, to end the suffering, to not breed these animals into existence, for a life where they are treated like a commodity. With less demand for dairy, comes less suffering for these animals, and that\'s a great thing!

Carol
3 Months Ago

Beware of the organized backlash by the dairy and meat industries. Watch for TV ads on CNN, MSNBC, Animal Planet, the Weather Channel--among others--that suggest their products are more nutritious for children!


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