GLOBAL WARMING - The animal agriculture business is one of the biggest producers of carbon dioxide and methane, as big a factor as the oil and gas sectors and transportation industries. It is one of the most damaging activities on the planet.
WATER - One might be astonished to learn that global averages suggest making 1 metric ton of milk requires about 1,020 metric tons of water.
OCEANS - Animal farming produces billions of tons of feces and billions of liters of urine and water contaminated with chemicals and antibiotics, the effluent from animal farming contaminates ground water, streams and rivers and ultimately ends up in our lakes and oceans.
WILDLIFE - We are witnessing the second greatest known mass extinction ever. The number one cause of species extinction is habitat loss and much of that is due to the amount of land we are using for animal grazing.
DEFORESTATAION - Our rainforests and forests are essentially the planet's lungs. They breathe in CO2 and breathe out oxygen. We are destroying the Amazon and world's rainforests at the rate of an acre per second in order to graze animals and create farmland to grow crops to feed farmed animals.
BONE HEALTH - The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that dairy consumption does not serve as a protective factor for bone health, but rather increases the risk of bone fractures. Other studies have supported this claim. This conclusion can be explained by the adverse effects of animal protein on bones, which challenges calcium absorption in the body.
FAT CONTENT & CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE - Dairy products—including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet. Diets high in fat and especially in saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems. A low-fat, plant-based diet that eliminates dairy products, in combination with exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management, can not only prevent heart disease, but may also reverse it..
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE - is common among many populations, affecting approximately 95 percent of Asian-Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African-Americans, 53 percent of Mexican-Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians. Symptoms, which include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence, occur because these individuals do not have the enzyme lactase to digest the milk sugar lactose. When digested, the breakdown products of lactose are two simple sugars: glucose and galactose. Nursing children have active enzymes that break down galactose, but as we age, many of us lose much of this capacity. Due to the common nature of this condition, and in order to avoid these uncomfortable side effects, milk consumption is not recommended.
CANCER - Cows are mammals like us, and they naturally produce biologically active hormones during stress, pregnancy, and lactation. Hence, consumption of milk products is linked to different kinds of "hormone-dependent" cancers in women, such as breast and ovarian cancer. Further studies have also shown dairy to play an astonishing role in prostate cancer as well as cancer of the colon, pancreas and kidneys. Watch "The China Study" on YouTube
Cows on dairy farms are repeatedly impregnated in a 'rape rack' (a term used by farmers for the restraint cage used) and their beloved calves are torn away from them soon after birth so that humans can take their milk. Distraught mother cows often bellow and call out for their calves for days. Male calves, who are useless to the dairy industry, are often confined to tiny crates or pens and fed an iron deficient diet so that they can be slaughtered for veal.
Mother cows are hooked up to milking machines - several times a day - dosed with hormones in order to force them to produce more milk. Dairy cows also have their sensitive horns or horn tissue burned away with a hot iron or caustic chemicals, gouged out with a sharp metal scoop, chopped off with a guillotine or sawed off with a handsaw without any painkillers. When cows' bodies become worn out after four to five years of near-constant pregnancy and milking, they are subjected to torture and abuse, often at the hands of their 'care givers', miserable transport and terrifying slaughter.