Any time I see the argument “Humans are the only species that…” in connection with animals, I think, “Yeah, we’re also the only species that drive cars, buy homes…” etc. Humans aren’t other species. Comparing our behaviour to that of other species adds quantity, not quality, to arguments about not using other animals to nourish us.

I SORT OF agree with the argument against milk. Yes, milk is meant to feed babies, and we don’t need it past infancy. Cows in factory farms are mistreated. Added antibiotics out of “prevention”. All the breeding, and the result of breeding males that then need a purpose. The circle of life. It’s not fun to think about. Pastured dairy cows from family farms share similar fates, though with better living conditions. Female cows need to breed to lactate.

-We can’t deny this. It’s biology. Cows don’t romance each other in the process.-

However, we have milk, and here we are.

As a meat-eater and a nutrition nerd, I recognize that there are lots of ways to get calcium other than drinking milk (see this infographic, for example) and know that the milk industry (propaganda, lobbying, poorly designed studies) had a lot to do with getting the public to drink milk.

However, grass-fed butter is healthy (rich in vitamin K2, Vitamin A, beta carotene and other nutrients, higher in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of CLA). Cheese and ice cream are delicious. I use heavy cream in my coffee every day.

I think that if you’re lactose intolerant, don’t drink milk. If you want to drink milk, make sure it’s not the only thing you’re drinking. Hydrate with water.

All that said, I’ll address the original post: My partner cured his milk intolerance by drinking raw milk from a “cow share” program for a while (I forget how long). Raw milk isn’t legal, though, so it’s not an accessible solution and it can be dangerous.

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