Day: January 7, 2019

USA: Milk from A Nut, Or A Cow. The FDA Does Not Think You Are Intelligent EnoughTo Distinguish The Difference !

 

WAV Comment – I must be one of those consumers that the FDA thinks ‘does not understand’ the difference between milk from a cow and milk from a nut.  What’s more; the following video makes it all the more difficult to understand – this man seems to be milking Almond nuts ! – and I thought you only milked cows; unlike many humans though; I do know that a cow has to be in calf in order to produce milk; that she is constantly artificially impregnated to achieve this; and any males she produces are either shot at birth or sent off at a very young age to be housed in crate type systems – causing immense distress for the (mother) cow and also for the calf.

Milking Almond nuts for Almond milk must be very specialized; but as the video shows, there are some who are prepared to do it.  As the FDA says; people really must be informed more about this whole system.  Enjoy the video; and try hard not to laugh too much !

 

Court Dismisses Lawsuit That Would Have Outlawed Labelling Almond Milk as ‘Milk”

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has dismissed a court case claiming that Blue Diamond’s almond milk is deceptively mislabeled and confusing for consumers.

This decision backs up a ruling by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, which dismissed the case made by Cynthia Painter in May 2017.

The plaintiff insisted that Blue Diamond’s almond milk should be labeled as “imitation milk,” in a weak argument that alleges consumers are not smart enough to distinguish between dairy-based and plant-based milk.

The complainant alleged that the company  “deceptively markets its almond beverages as nutritionally equivalent or superior to dairy milk when, in fact, almond beverages are nutritionally inferior to dairy milk.”

Thankfully, the courts did not buy into this argument, acknowledging that consumers are aware of the products they purchase and putting a quick end to this ridiculous case.

This case is seen as a desperate attempt by the dairy industry to stifle the growing demand for plant-based alternatives. The court docket itself states that while sales of almond milk increased by around 40% between 2013-2014, dairy milk sales declined.

Rather than attribute this demand to a growing ethical and moral consumer drive, they claim that it’s because consumers think almond milk is the same thing as cow’s milk.

The memorandum released by the court of appeals concisely debunks the argument, stating:

“Painter’s complaint does not plausibly allege that a reasonable consumer would be deceived into believing that Blue Diamond’s almond milk products are nutritionally equivalent to dairy milk based on their package labels and advertising. The district court correctly concluded that “[n]o reasonable consumer could be misled by [Blue Diamond’s] unambiguous labeling or factually accurate nutritional statements.”

Although it’s reassuring to see the courts take a stand against such claims, plant-based dairy alternatives are still under the spotlight of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In September 2018, the FDA issued a notice inviting public comment on “Use of the Names of Dairy Foods in the Labeling of Plant-Based Products,” targeting things like vegan cheese, milk, and yogurt. The agency state that they are concerned that consumers may not understand the nutritional differences between dairy and non-dairy milks.

 

Canada: Milk out from the food pyramid

 

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Canada wants to work for a healthier diet for its citizens. The country takes milk and dairy products from its food pyramid.

Milk is unhealthy! That’s what Canada’s government claims. The country is currently working on its dietary guidelines. In the future, citizens should therefore largely refrain from using products such as milk, butter and cream. And the new food pyramid looks pretty vegan. So many vegetables, fruits, whole grains and vegetable protein, instead of animal protein in the most important place. Also unsaturated rather than saturated fatty acids should preferably be on the daily nutritional plan.

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In Germany, milk and dairy products rank fourth.
According to German standards, cereals, cereal products and potatoes are the most important factors for a healthy diet, followed by vegetables and fruits.

The milk lie
Milk is healthy, important for the bones. Dairy products such as quark are good sources of protein. It’s been infused since childhood. But this claim is now more and more doubted.

As early as 2014, a Swedish study questioned the supposedly positive effects of milk on bone formation. So far, only the benefits of milk consumption have been given priority. Thus, milk contains 18 out of 22 essential nutrients that are important for bone formation. Therefore, for example, for the prevention of osteoporosis, it is recommended to drink plenty of milk.

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For the study, data from a total of 61,433 women aged 39 to 74 years and 45,339 men aged 45 to 79 years were interviewed regarding their dietary habits. In addition, long-term observations took place over 22 and 13 years, respectively.

Result of the study
The result showed that men with increased milk consumption had no fewer fractures. Fractures were even more frequently found in women. Terrifying: For women who consumed at least three glasses of milk daily, the mortality rate during the observation period was 93 percent higher than for women who consumed less than a glass of milk a day.
In men who drank a lot of milk, an increased mortality rate was also confirmed, but to a lesser extent.

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Milk consumption not provided by evolution
Eating milk and dairy products is a matter of course for most people these days. However, this milk culture has developed only in the last millennia. Consumption is not evolutionary intended for humans namely. Most of the world’s population was lactose intolerant from the start. Just as it is today in many parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa. Therefore, the milk was later processed by dairy farmers into cheese and cottage cheese, as this barely has more traces of incompatible lactose. Only a random gene mutation, which prevails in part, made it ultimately possible for humans to drink milk carefree. Thus, lactose intolerance is not a disease, a defect or a blemish, but actually more natural than the ability to digest lactose.

“Milk is poison”, one reads often on the Internet. “Why is a whole country like Canada spilling milk? Canada no longer wants their populations ill, Canada wants to have healthy people in their country in the future and not sick people who are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. ”

https://www.sat1.de/tv/fruehstuecksfernsehen/gesundheit/kanada-streicht-milch-aus-ernaehrungspyramide

My comment: It’s a very good step forward, this decision from Canada.
But it still has to be accompanied by education.
It is not just the harmful effects of milk that forces us to give up.
Morality requires us to abstain from milk (and meat). Because both are associated with killing, suffering and mass animal husbandry.
The positive decision of Canada will prevail as society (and every society) learns to understand animals as valuable and equal beings in everyday life.

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Happy Chinese pig year!

 

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On February 5, 2019, the year in Cina will be the Year of the Pig, until January 24, 2020. A pig; that brings happiness, prosperity and satisfaction !!

The hospitals in the capital expect a record of more than 100,000 births for the first time, China is gearing up for a new baby boom. Millions of young women really want to have a baby this year. Because on the 5th of February the “Year of the Pig” begins, which is considered particularly lucky. …

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Perhaps, for the anniversary of the pig year, the Chinese built a 13-story slaughterhouse in 2018, the largest “pig breeding facility” in the world. And China’s westbound exports are on high gear, of course!

Best regards, Venus