Two out of three Indians drink milk laced with detergent, caustic soda, urea and paint, union minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, underscoring the country’s struggle with adulteration of food items by unscrupulous traders.
Vardhan said over 68% of the milk sold did not conform to standards laid down by India’s food regulator FSSAI, quoting figures from a nationwide survey conducted by the agency in 2011.
The statement is likely to spark an outcry in the world’s largest milk producer, where the drink is used for religious rituals and is a cheap source of protein for millions of vegetarians.
Last year, a US government report projected an increase in fluid milk consumption by 5% to reach 62.75 million metric tonnes in India in 2016 based on population growth.
“The adulterants added are very hazardous, and could cause serious diseases. Since milk is commonly consumed in everyday diet, the issue is of grave concern,” the minister said in Parliament. (Facts taken from Hindustan Times)
Imagine living in a parallel universe where animals are the most superior and complex species. In the same scenario, imagine humans also coexisting in that universe with the same skillset and capabilities that we currently have.
Would you like it if an animal came and forced you to produce milk? Would it be humane if animals chopped you for meat? Would it be okay if animals threw away new born male calves as they can’t produce milk? How would you feel? I am not sure about you, but being the timid human I am, I would be terrified as hell of an animal forcing me for anything. Probably thats how the animals in our universe feel.
” MILK AVAILABLE 20 YEARS AGO IS NOT THE MILK THAT IS AVAILABLE TODAY. This is the primary reason we need to reduce our diary consumption. “
There are women across the globe who breastfeed baby animals, cubs, calves when they’re seperated from their mother. And there is a wide spread stigma and hatred for it. Things like “How can a woman breastfeed an animal?’
But thats precisely what we are doing! We are drinking away the milk from another species, and when it doesn’t produce milk, we are even injecting hormones and forcefully inseminating in rape racks (YES EVEN IN INDIA) to produce milk. Do we really need the milk from another species to survive when we have so many options available?
Putting aside this dystopian thought, here are a few reasons why we shouldn’t drink milk which is not from our mother!
1. Milk and other dairy products are the top source of saturated fat in the American diet (which is really fast becoming the diet on Indians due to increased number of international food joints in India. , contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
2. According to an analysis published in the British Medical Journal, most studies fail to show any link between dairy intake and broken bones, or fractures. In one study, researchers tracked the diets, exercise, and stress fracture rates of adolescent girls and concluded that dairy products and calcium do not prevent stress fractures. Another study of more than 96,000 people found that the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they experienced as adults. Learn about how to build strong bones on a plant-based diet.
3. Regular consumption of dairy products has been linked to prostate cancer. Dairy is also associated with increased risk of lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer in people with lactose intolerance.
4. There are thousands of pus cells in buffalo/cow milk.
5. Improper fermentation of cheese can cause stomach flu.
A lot of people keep telling me that lord Krishna had milk, everybody had milk, and why are “You VEGANS” against it…
So here is my answer
1. When Lord Krishna was there (Dwaparayugam) I’m sure the population wasn’t 8 billion.
2. Everybody reared cattle, had their milk from their own cattle.
3. Demand and supply ratio was proportionate.
4. Animals were respected. Not injected and raped for insemination.
5. Milk was pure. Cows were happy. There was no excessive demand for stuff like cheese, paneer, mozzarella etc. It was just milk, curd, ghee and makkhan.
6. There were no rape racks, slaughter houses and animals didn’t cry.
7. Animals were bred naturally. Not raped with semen injections.
Stop comparing a gods lifestyle to yours!
Just because there is somebody else to milk the cows for you, doesn’t mean that your hands are clean.
If you had to milk the cattle yourself, Would you still be dependent on dairy? Think!
There are many alternatives to milk that are safer and healthier and can me easily made in home such as sesame seeds milk, peanut milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk and oat milk. You need not purchase plant based milk costing 300/- from a super market. Just a couple of spoons of Nuvvulu (sesame) seeds blended with water, can give you glass full of calcium rich milk. Add peanuts while blending for healthy fat and protein.
Do not fall for gimmicks and tricks. Make this as easy and affordable as possible for you!
Don’t think that dairy milk is cheap. 500 ml of buffalo milk costs 22 Rupees. If you are a family of four, you will be spending about 1200-1500 Rs only on milk. Add your paneer, cheese and butter dishes that you order from twiggy and Zomato and see how much it adds up to!
Stick to something that is the most affordable and convenient for you.
Equality is for all. Do not think that Humans are superior to cows. There is a reason why we chain/tie animals. We know that they have more power over us.
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