Why Not Milk?
Why not milk? is an introduction to plant based milks and other dairy products.
Not only is milk production fraught with misery for cows and their calves, dairy products don’t even “do a body good.” Dairy products are naturally loaded with fat and cholesterol. Nutrition expert Dr. John McDougall calls cow’s milk “liquid meat,” because its nutritional content is so similar to animal flesh. Milk is also deficient in iron. It is frequently contaminated with pesticides and drugs, and may come from cows infected with bovine leukemia virus, tuberculosis, and salmonella.
Feeding cow’s milk to human babies can cause colic, intestinal bleeding, constipation, allergies, and anemia. It also has been linked to the development of juvenile diabetes. In adults, it has been implicated in heart disease, certain cancers, adult-onset diabetes, and even osteoporosis, the very disease it is supposed to prevent!
This information is from a publication by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals titled, “Dairy Free & Delicious.” For a free copy, contact:
PETA: 501 Front Street Norfolk, VA 23510
757-622-PETA – www.peta-online.org
Another excellent resource on the subject of “Not Milk” is:
Dairy Education Board: 325 Sylvan Ave. Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
888-NOT-MILK – www.notmilk.com
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Shemirah Brachah began her vegan voyage in mid-life, but it has made all the difference in the world! “When I was a meat-eater, I used to hate to cook,” she says. It was a fall down a flight of stairs that lead Shemirah to a chiropractor, who recommended yoga, which in turn lead her to read an article in the Yoga Journal about animals raised for food. That was it! Shemirah became a vegetarian and then a vegan overnight.
“Changing my diet changed everything! I started taking vegetarian and vegan cook books out at the library, experimenting with making my own seitan, cheese, cream. Just about everything animal-based was replaced by homemade and commercially available plant-based products.
Shemirah and her oldest daughter, Michelle Johnson, started a vegan outreach non-profit, the Vegan Venue, and over the years they developed a variety of vegan recipes that anyone can make and everyone will love.
Shemirah began her career as a secretary; after college, she joined middle-management, working as Director of Governmental Affairs and Executive Director of the Bureau of Municipal Research. Shemirah went on to manage the Mental Health Foster Care Program of the Family Counseling Center of Fulton County in Upstate NY where she was also instrumental in developing and implementing the DAPW (Domestic Abuse Prevention Workshop). Shemirah worked as a freelance writer, managing a public relations service and overseeing, editing, and publishing a low-income neighborhood newspaper.
Since 2006, Shemirah has worked for FARM, the Farm Animal Rights Movement, where she manages the Letters From FARM editorial letter database; she also liaisons with food manufacturers and vendors for FARM’s annual Animal Rights National Conference as well as other annual programs, such as MeatOut and World Day for Farmed Animals.
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