June 2010

10 Reasons to Ditch Dairy

June is Alternatives to Dairy Month, and for good reason. Though many of us enjoy dairy, humans are the only mammals that continue drinking milk beyond infancy. We don’t actually need it (like the dairy industry would have us believe) if we eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables, and it can cause more problems than it’s worth. Here are ten reasons to kick the dairy habit.

10. It’s Full of Hormones

Most of us are aware of the hormones given to cows, making them produce hundreds of times the amount of dairy they made decades ago due to our demand. These get into our bodies and can cause serious health problems, like mood swings and decreased libido.

9. It Can Decrease Your Leafy Greens Intake

Meat-Eating Environmentalists Must Use Caution

Much hubbub lately about the conflict between eating meat and attempting to reduce one's carbon footprint.  One speaker making the rounds recently is Nicolette Hahn Niman, a rancher and environmental lawyer who runs the famous Niman Ranch with her husband Bill.  Hahn Niman argues that you can call yourself an environmentalist and eat meat, but only if you eat the right kind of meat.