ATAAC | Australian Teens Against Animal Cruelty - 'Great' cows milk in the press AGAIN

This article (below) appeared in the Herald Sun but I think they forgot to mention a few 'milk' facts!

The dairy industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to convince people to drink gallons of the
white stuff, but our sentiments are with responsible health officials who warn that dairy products have four major
Milk and cheese (1) are loaded with fat and cholesterol;
(2) are frequently contaminated with pesticides, dioxins, and drugs;
(3) are linked to obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancer;
and (4) may even cause osteoporosis, the very disease that the dairy industry loves to use as a selling point in
its ads, because the excess protein in dairy products leaches calcium from the bones.

For the full facts on how milk IS NOT the be all and end all for strong bones and calcium read

Dairy Consumption Also Hurts Animals
More than one-tenth of the average herd of cows is dead before the age of 2 from illness or injury inflicted
down on the factory farm, while more die in transport and the rest are ground into cheap meats. Dairy cows
are artificially impregnated (not a comfortable experience) and have their calves torn from them within days
of birth-causing acute distress to both mother and calf-so that the milk they need can be sold in the supermarket.

WHEN city kids ask where milk comes from, it's no longer good enough to simply answer "from a cow''.

Producers are milking buffalo, sheep and goats, almond, rice and oats for all they're worth.

Demand for milk that doesn't come from a herd of jerseys or friesians is helping redefine the

stuff we pour over our morning cereal.

But the sturdy, old-fashioned dairy cow is still ahead, even though people with lactose intolerance

and cow's milk allergies have a wider range of alternatives.

Dietitians stress that a product that has "milk'' on the label is not always equal nutritional value.

Nutrition Australia spokeswoman Aloysa Hourigan said cow's milk had been linked to health

concerns such as high cholesterol, which recent studies had proved unfounded.

She said anyone who wanted to replace cow's milk with non-dairy alternatives should be

sure they picked a product fortified with vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and vitamin B.

And parents who wanted to switch young children to non-dairy milk should consult a dietitian

to make sure they did not deprive them of nutrients vital to growing bodies.

Dairy Australia dietitian Glenys Kerrins said a recent survey of women showed many believed

full cream cow's milk contained 19 per cent fat, when it actually has 3.8 per cent.

The 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found some

micronutrient intakes such as calcium -- found in dairy foods -- are likely to be problematic,

particularly for 14 to 16-year-olds who were the least likely to meet the recommended level.

"Once kids hit school age, we see the problem emerge. And we know teenage girls were the

biggest concern -- they think milk is fattening and drinking soft drinks is cooler,'' Ms Kerrins said.

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