Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Cows Not Typical

Despite the image that the media wants to portray, that cows are happy and free in California, the bottom line is most cows around the US are not happy or free. Most cows are treated inhumanely and will die a horrible and tortured death. When cows are not producing enough milk, they will be sent to the slaughterhouse. Being from Wisconsin and witnessing farm life through family and friends, I know that there are many farms in which the cows and other livestock do in fact live a nurtured and healthy life. However, with more and more factory farms taking over, the future of cows is becoming crueler and bleaker.

Casein which accounts for 80% of the protein found in cow's milk and cheese has been linked by Dr. Colin Campbell to increase your risk for cancer. (Read The China Study for more information on that). We are all brainwashed from an early age to drink at least 3 glasses of milk a day. Turns out, this is not healthy! Casein can be found on ingredient labels under these names as well: sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate or milk protein. These ingredients are also found in energy bars, drinks as well as packaged goods. Be sure to read ingredient labels carefully! Do your best to steer clear of cows in your diet, both as source of meat and dairy. You will be doing yourself and the cows a big favor!

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