“Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o’ th’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”
When Lady Macbeth spoke of ‘the Milke of humane kindnesse’, she was referring to benevolence or compassion.
Sadly actual milk is the product of anything but.
There is more cruelty in a glass of milk than there is in a piece of beef. Dairy cows are kept alive as living factories, they are forcibly impregnated, only to have their babies stolen from them and either killed as veal or turned into the next generation of slaves. We steal their milk. Then, when their bodies are spent, they are sent off to slaughter.
The vast majority of dairy cows worldwide are not grazing on green pastures but spend their lives on cement floors in industrial facilites.
All this for a product we don’t need.
A couple of months ago cockroach milk was crawling all over the media as the next ‘superfood’.
Sounds revolting, but so is cows milk if you haven’t been socialised to accept it!
The latest is Tasmanian devil milk which is being investgated for its potential to cast an evil eye at cancer and superbugs.
Is there actually anything we won’t milk?!
Cockroaches and devils obviously only produce tiny amounts of milk which is difficult to get, so in both cases science is working on creating a replica product in a laboratory.
Clearly, where there is a will there is a way.
When will we finally change another equation and take the cow out of the milk, rather than the milk out of the cow?
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is a rare infectious cancer that is spreading through wild Tasmanian devil populations. The Tasmanian devil has been listed as Endangered by the Federal and State governments, as well as the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The Tasmanian devil is now wholly protected. Find out more…
The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) was established in 2003 following concern for the decline of the Tasmanian devil due to DFTD. The core activity of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and is overseen by a Steering Committee. The Program is co-ordinated by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
While devils are dying of facial tumours we are looking at what’s in their milk for us.
Let’s hope that this discovery is used to benefit them as well. .
Let’s let the milke of our humane kindnesse flow.
Ps: A Great 3 part documentary series began airing this week and will continue on Thurs 27/10 and 3/11/16 on SBS at 7.30pm
Pps: This article came out the morning after I posted..weird!
Milk may be ‘more nutritious’ but most of the health problems in the west are due to over-nutrition … cows’ milk is designed for baby calves, not adult humans.
I feel sorry for the farmers too, I grew up in that world. But I feel more sorry for the cows.
It is so easy to make your own nut milk – I blend twelve raw cashews and two dates along with 250ml of hot or cold water, tea or coffee. I love to add in cacao and chai powder as well.
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