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Mackenzie Dierks, from Pork Checkoff:

“One of the things you touched on was a lactose source, such as whey, and its importance, and also the challenges it can create as a part of the nursery pig diet. Can you expand on that?”

Joel DeRouchery, from Kansas State University:

“Lactose is a very common nutrient that we look at to formulate into starter pig diets. Lactose is the milk sugar, so pigs really like the taste. It’s highly digestible in that transition period from the sow on into weaning. So it’s very typical we have some sort of lactose source from weaning, up until the pigs are about 25 pounds.”

“One thing that’s happened over this last portion of this year is that the lactose price has greatly increased. In fact, spray-dried whey is priced around 75 cents per pound. And if we go back historical, 4 years ago, it was 24 cents per pound.”

Reference:  7/23/12 PorkPod podcast “Availability and Cost of Feed Ingredients” (6:27)

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Well…

It seems that everyone’s getting dairy products except infant cows.

And, it seems that baby animals of various kinds are denied their own milk from their mothers.

Let’s back up a second and review Biology 101…

Cow + Pregnancy = Baby Cow
Cow Lactation = Food for Baby Cow

Pig + Pregnancy = Baby Pig
Pig Lactation = Food for Baby Pig

Human + Pregnancy = Baby Human
Human Lactation = Food for Baby Human

That’s what nature intended.

Now, a step-by-step sequence describing how humans have screwed with nature:

  1. Humans want Cow Lactation.
  2. Humans take the Food for Baby Cow from Baby Cow.
  3. Humans feed Baby Cow a “milk replacer.”
  4. Humans calculate the economic usefulness of Baby Cow in order to determine his or her ultimate fate.

and…

  1. Humans want to consume lots of Pig flesh.
  2. Lots of Pig flesh requires lots of dead Pigs.
  3. Humans breed lots of Pigs in order to kill lots of Pigs in order to consume lots of Pigs.
  4. Humans remove baby Pig from mother Pig as early as possible.
  5. Humans feed baby Pig “milk replacer” from a Cow.
Conclusions:

  1. Humans like to breed, kill and consume one type of animal in order to breed, kill and consume another type of animal.
  2. Humans like to take what is not rightly theirs to take.
  3. Humans have zero requirement for (non-human) animal Lactation.
  4. Humans learn speciesist behaviors based on societal indoctrination.
  5. Humans are capable of challenging social norms.

It’s time to stop disrespecting nature.

Live vegan and let’s stop the insanity!

Things That Make Me Go “Huh?”

EXHIBIT A:  DAIRY RELIEF

While working with an elderly woman for therapy at the skilled nursing facility, I noticed this empty packet on her breakfast tray.  It would appear that my patient is lactose intolerant, which means she produces insufficient levels of lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (milk sugar) into glucose and galactose.

This chewable tablet is taken for the purpose of being able to consume lactose– i.e. dairy products– without incurring the symptoms of lactose intolerance:  abdominal bloating, cramps, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

What is milk?  Food for babies.

Once solid food is introduced, it’s the natural progression for mammals to wean off momma’s milk.  People do it.  Cows do it.  Goats and sheep do it.

It’s natural to stop drinking milk after infancy (including the early toddler years).  It’s normal to stop producing lactase, because you shouldn’t need lactase if you won’t be consuming lactose.

If you produce the lactace enzyme beyond the typical age of weaning, it’s called lactase persistence. Worldwide, lactace persistence is the exception, not the rule.

I grew up thinking it was normal to drink milk from cows.  This is because I was indoctrinated by my dairy-consuming culture to think this way.  I never questioned it because it was all that I knew.  It never occurred to me that humans drinking cow’s milk is actually quite bizarre.

Alas, the dairy industry is a propaganda machine.  So is Big Pharma.

Who concocted the idea that lactose intolerance– a normal biological process– should be considered a medical condition?  Dairy producers?  Drug companies?  Both?

Brilliant, huh?  Dairy producers are happy because they can keeping pushing dairy products on people.  And pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to supply people with just the right pill to “pop.”

Dear Lactose Intolerant People,

THINK about it.  You don’t need dairy products.  Milk from a cow (or a goat or a sheep or any other animal) is not a dietary necessity for humans.  If your body is telling you that you cannot properly digest lactose, then LISTEN and STOP.  It really is that simple.  And, not only are dairy products not necessary, but they are actually implicated in a variety of preventable human diseases.

There are also significant ethical problems with dairy, whether produced by small or large scale operations, and whether produced by conventional or organic dairies.

I haven’t consumed animal milk for nearly 4 years.  Weaning off animal milk is much easier than you might think.  Once you take dairy out of your diet, you might just say “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

I am happy to help anyone who needs help weaning off dairy.  Contact me.

In closing, taking a pill– Dairy Relief– to digest a substance that is completely unnecessary in the human diet just makes me want to go “Huh?”

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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