Mini-Challenge: Ditch Dairy
I really went back and forth on this one - should this be a FULL challenge or a mini-challenge? Ditching dairy ended up as a mini-challenge solely because the concept itself is so straightforward. However, the impact of ditching dairy is enormous. Especially for cows...
Dairy cows spend most of their lives in faeces-caked sheds where disease is rampant. They're forcibly impregnated because, obviously, a cow needs to give birth in order to produce milk. Of course, the calves are seen as simply 'waste' and are immediately taken from their mothers for slaughter, which is as traumatic as you'd imagine for both mother and baby.
Then, after multiple pregnancies, when their exhausted bodies can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter and ground up for hamburgers. The average lifespan of a cow is 20 years but dairy cows live only an average of 5 years.
That all just seems really unnecessary, especially when there are so many substitutes for milk. It's also just gross, if you take a step back, that we are drinking another animal's breastmilk. How flipping weird.
All you need to do for this mini-challenge is swap your cow's milk for any of the other many varieties of milk. My favourite milk for coffee is Oatly's Barista Version but there are almond, soy, rice, coconut and a gazillion other options of milk. It might take a few tries to pin down the variety you like best.
You may have already made the logical leap that milk is not the only product we consume that is made out of the breastmilk of another animal. There's cheese, yoghurt, butter and cream as well... I have to admit that I love cheese and butter. If you're not ready yet to give up all dairy products, look for those that are made locally and organically so that you can avoid the hellish process of factory farming.