98% of the times I see posts about “veal crates,” the pictures are of calf hutches. These calves are almost always dairy heifers. They’re future milking cows. They’re not going to be used for veal. Veal crates have been phased out in the US, and most veal calves now live in group pens.
Calf hutches are used to keep the calves safe and warm and to prevent diseases like Cryptosporidiosis, which spread easily amongst individuals.
We all cherish our mothers. Animals are the same way. But dairy rips mothers and their young apart so that the mother’s milk can be pumped for humans instead.
If we can imagine ourselves as kids being torn away from our mothers, never to see them again - that is the reality that baby cows experience every day. That is the reality of dairy.
Every time we consume dairy, we are taking away from a baby cow who his/her mother’s milk was meant for. Instead we put nuzzles on them to prevent them from drinking it, separate them from their mothers, and place them in isolated pens.
Plant based milks such as those made from almond, soy, and oat milks are just some of the many varieties of milk and other dairy products where baby cows do not have to be ripped away from their mothers.
A kinder, more equal world is possible. Make a positive difference and give plant based foods a delicious try.
Somebody’s may have already posted this, but since I’ve donated, here it is again! The short order is that Liz is trying to buy land to transform it into a farm/community center, primarily for Black Minnesotans. Please donate or help spread the word!
Most people don’t realize that conventional dairy already has been focused on sustainability, we just don’t advertise
- We sequester carbon with the crops growing for the cows
- We use organic fertilizer from the cows instead on relying on synthetic fertilizers
- We recycle all our water to grow crops for the cows
- Cows up-cycle food byproducts into usable nutrition that would otherwise go to a landfill
Cows are a valuable part of the earths ecology and ecosystems. Many dairy farms today are installing methane digesters- that take cow manure, capture the emissions, and make renewable power. Installing these systems make dairies carbon negative meaning they are taking out more emissions than they are creating.
I don’t know why Quartz felt a burning need to write this piece, but if you live in NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, or San Jose, you can go and read up on the Dairy Near You!
I have to admit I would not have said dairy as the largest agricultural industry in Arizona.
I love watching factory “farmers” cry over lab grown dairy and meat because they know it’s gonna be the end of them. Their little op-eds are amazing. Just self-satirizing.
I’m just like “Aww are you not going to get to exploit *billions* of sentient beings, ravage the environment, destroy our health, ruin family farms, and exploit undocumented immigrants/economically disadvantaged people anymore?”