Charity Says Vegans Should Drink Cow’s Milk To Save The Planet

by | August 19, 2020

A sustainability charity has suggested that vegans should swap soya milk for cow’s milk if they want to help save the planet.

In collaboration with the University of Nottingham, the Sustainable Food Trust has investigated the impact of soya, stating that it leads to destruction of the rainforest.

The researchers have reported that 85 litres of cow’s milk can be produced from every kilo of soya bean meal that is used to feed dairy cows. Whereas only 7.5 litres of a soya drink can be made from the same amount of beans.

The research failed to note that 85 percent of soy beans are used to feed animals and produce oil, with just 15 percent used to make plant-based drinks.

“Harming The Planet”

“Vegans and others who buy milk substitutes made from soya are also harming the planet,” claims the charity.

“They would do better to switch to milk from cows, and especially cows traditionally grazed on grass, if they want to help make a more sustainable planet.”

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Only 15 percent of soya beans are used to make soya drinks (Ratthaphong Ekariyasap/Shutterstock.com)

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The Impact Of Cow’s Milk

A 2018 study conducted at Oxford University discovered that producing one glass of cow’s milk has three times the environmental impact of a plant-based alternative. This figure was reached by assessing land use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, said that the research from his organization, “shows that drinking cows’ milk uses far less soya than drinks made from soya, because most of the milk comes from grass.”

“This highlights the importance of grass, a crop ideally suited to our climate and the grazing animals that turn it into high quality foods we can eat.”

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2 Responses to “Charity Says Vegans Should Drink Cow’s Milk To Save The Planet”

  1. Carly
    August 19th, 2020 @ 1:29 pm

    Lol no way! Cows are way less sustainable, this is some bull!

  2. Alix Coe
    August 20th, 2020 @ 6:00 am

    So wild!

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