The Milk Situation

Americans have been souring on dairy milk for decades. Here’s how farmers are trying to win us back.

Comments: 30

  1. Americans are now so removed from the food they consume that they'll believe anything or anybody. Almonds, other nuts and soy as somehow being better for you and having little environmental impacts? Wrong. Raised in mono crops, drenched in pesticides and, oh, yeah, they're not milk at all. Advice from Gwyneth Paltrow on anything? Grow up. As for who buys what, why don't we leave that up to the markets? Adapt, innovate or fail. But it's not anybody's responsibility but the producers.

  2. Every milk-producing STate subsidises its milk industry. That's led to massive over-production. One of the sticking points in the last (almost-the-same-) NAFTA negotiations was the demand by the USA to for free access to the Canadian supply-managed milk market. IOW, the US wanted the right to dump surplus milk. I recall Mr Trump whinging that we Canadians were "unfair" to Wisconsin dairy farmers. No thanks. We aren't responsible for your over-production. Keep your growth-hormoned, anti-bioticked, factory- farmed milk. We have enough of a problem with our own milk producers, but at least the quota system guarantees a livelihood for our dairy farmers, and a somewhat safer product. We also make better cheeses.

  3. It's very sad that our dairy farmers have to suffer because entitled, spoiled, unbalanced people have to indulge in obsessive dieting, and following unscientific whims, rumors and superstitions.

  4. We have a small family farm in the northwestern US that takes in rescued dairy cows and goats. Our two Holstein boys came to us after a NW dairy sold them for slaughter before they were weaned. They were purchased by a backyard hobbyist who thought he could throw these boys in his backyard for grass control, and then fill his freezer with them in a year or two. As babies, they could not manage eating grass and nearly starved to death. Fortunately, he agreed to send them our way and now at almost a year old, they are beloved members of our farm household. We also took on 7 dairy goats, including two does that were force bred every year until their hips broke and they sustained spinal damaged. One still drags one of her legs as she walks. There is no dairy production that is good for animals. Our rescues come to us with hollow stares, sad faces and wrecked bodies. If you consume these products, you are either shamefully ignorant in how your food arrives in the grocery store...or you know and you don’t care...which is even more disturbing. Plant-based forms of milk are sustainable, healthier, and far more humane. Caring human beings say NO to all forms of animal-based dairy products!

  5. Some people like soy, oat, almond milk. Other people like cows milk. What’s the big deal? Buy and consume what you like. We never seem to have these crazy debates between mayonnaise and miracle whip.

  6. The problem is that all bodies are different, not all respond the same. Live free our die!! Do what you and your body respond best to.

  7. The general trend is downward, but I am temporarily in suburban Detroit, and I can tell you this: Cow’s milk is the equivalent of toilet paper. It’s often completely sold out. Right next to the empty shelves, though, you can find all the almond, rice, and oat milk you could possibly want.

  8. This article fails to mention what happens to those diary cows who are forcibly impregnated. Having calf after calf to keep their udders full to bursting. What happens to those calves? Why some of them become Veal, that nice tender beef so lauded by the restaurant business. The rest? They are torn from their mothers side shortly after birth, males are killed outright by usually horrific means, like a sledgehammer to the head, the females are taken to pasture to grow up to become more dairy cattle. Once you watch Youtube videos of what the factory diary industry does to these sweet creatures, it's hard to drink or eat anything without the bile rising. Those videos by the way are one of the reasons Factory Farm lobbyists rushed to get Ag-Gag laws passed so the general public couldn't see what they do behind closed doors.

  9. My grandfather, who died at the age of 100, was a dairyman and cowman. He pastured a Jersey herd, and my mother & her sisters spent their youth raising and showing Jersey cows. We had raw milk, homemade butter and sour cream when we visited -- and the difference in taste is incredible. I love milk, and all milk products--and if they kill me, well, I'll die happy -- cause everyone dies and everyone is killed by something, even if it is at 100!! I drink all Jersey 100% natural whole milk from Promised Land -- I just wish it still came in the glass returnable bottles as it did when it first appeared in -- you guessed it -- Whole Foods!! So y'all can have all the fake, plant based beverages you want -- but DON'T call it milk! I loved my grandfather, and he loved his cows, and if that's a crime, well then a lot of us are criminals. Milk today, milk tomorrow, milk forever--from beautiful brown-eyed Jersey cows!!

  10. The abuse of cows for dairy products is appalling. The sooner this ends the better.

  11. Make cheese, people.

  12. Adapt or perish.

  13. When I drank milk that was from a cow milked that morning, I finally realized what it should taste like. Store bought milk is a sham of a mockery of a sham.

  14. Oh yum, doesn't that "milk" look good? So "natural." ALMOND "MILK": (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar [SUGAR], Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Gellan Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Ascorbic Acid (to protect freshness), Natural Flavor. HEMP "MILK": Water, Brown Rice Syrup [SUGAR]; Hulled Hemp Seed; Contains 1% or less of Disodium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vitamin D2, Xanthan Gum. RICE "MILK": Filtered Water, Brown Rice, Canola Oil and/or Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea salt, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

  15. Stop drinking milk. Its for baby cows.

  16. What?! Who doesn't like milk?! I thought it was only those two protesters who disrupted Joe Biden's speech a few nights ago! What country am I living in?!

  17. How does a long article about milk not even mention Wisconsin, America's Dairyland, but features Kentucky multiple times? California, New York, maybe...but Kentucky? I want to know how my home state is responding to changing milk habits. It's like an article about investing that doesn't mention Wall Street. Shame on you.

  18. Wait, are you telling me that chocolate milk does NOT come from brown cows? Fake news, I think.

  19. Not your mother, not your milk. The poor calves that are torn away. The constant impregnation, the death so young. We can do better and evolve as a species by stopping this cruelty.

  20. Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows, human milk is intended for baby humans, and so on.

  21. I really don't care what anybody says about milk - I drink at least 16 ounces every day for breakfast, sometimes more with other meals. I love milk. In fact, I've got 4 gallons in the freezer right now - so I don't run out and have to go to the store to replenish. How can you even say/think that oats and almonds produce "milk"? That's just stupid. Every time I eat an almond, I sure don't see any "milk". If you don't like it or don't drink it, then fine. Leave the rest of us alone.

  22. "Supposed cruelty"? I thought journalists were supposed to be objective.

  23. your tax dollars at work.

  24. Corrie from Alabama: So because the cow is a “stupid animal”, that’s enough justification for us to do what we want with cows? Such as raping them repeatedly, and then stealing their babies that we butcher, all so that we can enjoy milk which is not even healthy for us and destroys our planet? Joaquins speech was to bring attention to the timely and important issue of specism; the human-held belief that all other animal species are inferior. Speciesist thinking involves considering animals—who have their own desires, needs, and complex lives—as means to human ends. This supremacist line of “reasoning” is used to defend treating other living, feeling beings as property, objects, or even ingredients. This toxic worldview also leads humans to draw non-existent distinctions between animal species, based solely on the purpose that those animals might serve. For example, most humans wouldn’t dream of treating their dog the way pigs are treated in the food industry, even though pigs are able to experience the same pain, joy, fear, and misery that canines do. Many humans wear coats lined with fur trim taken from trapped coyotes or sleep on a pillow stuffed with feathers pulled from a screaming goose, but they’d never consider ripping fistfuls of fur out of a crying kitten’s back with their own hands. It’s speciesist to believe that farmed and captive animals don’t suffer or feel emotions to the same extent as the animals with which we share our home, love and beds with.

  25. A line in this piece refers to the cruelty inherent in dairy as "supposed cruelty." I'm sorry, it's isn't "supposed" but actual cruelty. Cows are repeatedly impregnated, their udders get infected, and their newborn calves are taken away and the males feed the veal industry.

  26. Despite noting that dairy production produces four percent of ALL global air emissions – this for types of food that literally almost everybody can do without – this article ends with a note of hope for "the country’s struggling dairy farmers" trying to organize "against the nearly monopolistic processing plants." Seriously? What's next: encouraging Americans to buy more full-size pickup trucks to help the country's struggling frackers? To be blunt, this is irresponsible reporting on The Times's part about one of the few environmental catastrophes that actually *is* preventable in the short-term.

  27. This is an interesting subject. I wish there was more about the dairy business and the processing plants and less anecdotal stories about cute advertisements and ignorant consumers.

  28. If you don't mind extreme cruelty to sentient beings, then continue to drink cow lactations and eat other dairy products. If you can google you can find out all you need to know about the cruelty of the dairy industry. But too many people are selfish and don't want to see the misery.