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Professor Campbell's China Study was a most useful read so when this book was published I wanted to follow up on the issues surrounding Prof Campbell's philosophy. I wholly applaud the thinking - makes such a lot of sense as a lifestyle choice to become vegan. Good for health and a wise environmental choice too. No-one seems to take on board that consuming dairy products is so illogical. Cows' milk is the perfect food - for baby cows. Contains the goodies to make large baby mammals grow very quickly into very big animals. Not suitable ingredients for human babies who grow from tiny infants.slowly over many years into people sized humans. No-one(normally) goes up to a cow in a field and suckles from her udder - why do it from a bottle that has been whizzed up (to homogenise the fat content), rapidly heated and cooled (pasteurised) to kill some but not all of the bugs it might contain, extracted from a cow whilst she might be passing dung, transferred into a plastic bottle, wrapped up in a crate whizzed around a warehouse , then around the country on a lorry, then stored on supermarket shelves, then possibly frozen at home, then defrosted - and you think it is good for you?. Quite apart from the health aspects, the environmental downside of dairy farming is hideous and as for the animal welfare issues? New baby calves taken from their mothers on day one (so that the milk can be made available for humans) leading to stress for both cow and calf, heifer calves (females) being grown on to suffer the same hard life as their others and the males either crated up in the dark to be eaten as veal or shot as economically useless. An allowable amount of pus in every litre of milk is officially permissable and antibiotic residue is often present as well. Many cows suffer from mastitis (infected udders from where the milk ids drawn by machine) and lameness from the heavily swollen udders having been made to produce (by hormonal and artificial growth factor drugs) much more than they would naturally produce. The dairy industry engages in some very clever marketing designed to make consumers think milk is a good idea - but it is plain daft! I hated being made to drink it at school, frequently rancid and, in a third of a pint bottle sitting in an open crate piled up outside the school building, it was often not very clean and certainly really horrible. Professor Campbell's books are convincing because they are based not only on proven science but because they contain a lot of common sense and they highlight the industry skullduggery as well. Worth a read if you are interested in such things. I recommend both this book and its predecessor the China Study.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2014 09:14:49 GMT
J. Baker says:
You brought back the memories of school milk vividly! Of course, you're right about Colin T Campbell - great man. I find Dr John McDougall's site of great benefit too - they are brothers in arms! http://www.drmcdougall.com/ Best Wishes.
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