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to wish tax payers money was not paid to promote cows milk and dairy

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brt100 Sat 07-Jun-14 10:37:40

Cards on table, I don't drink dairy as I'm health conscious, its for another animal with a very different body structure, diet and only for infants.

I get it that its delicious, well cheese is, but what I don't like is all these adverts on buses paid for partly by tax payers money to encourage people to drink milk. There are much better sources of calcium that the body can absob better so that argument is a con.

My sister gives her 7 yo a chease string every lunch time and thinks its healthy and vital.

What else contains calcium that is nice to eat and easy to use in many ways?
What's wrong with dairy stuff?

Benchmark Sat 07-Jun-14 10:47:15

I agree with you. There is so many misconceptions about diet in the public domain. I'm vegetarian and I don't eat dairy because it's cruel, and it's certainly not essential.
If supermarkets want to advertise it, fine, but don't think the government should be.

ThisBitchIsResting Sat 07-Jun-14 10:49:03

How is taxpayers' money used to promote it?

I don't really like the 'it's for another animal' argument. Humans for the most part are able to digest it perfectly well and it's a brilliant source of calcium and vitamins. If you go down the 'it's a bit wrong' argument route, how do we justify eating stuff like mussels? Who thought that was a good idea?! I mean I love shellfish, but just making the point that we can have a hugely varied diet as humans and people get a bugbear about cows' milk and I don't understand why. It often seems to go hand in hand with a dislike of formula for babies and a pedestal - isation of breast feeding. Cows milk is ace and yoghurt , cheese and white sauce are staples in my house.

But do please explain the taxpayers' thing cos I don't understand. Does the dairy industry need funding to survive, is that your problem? Lots of industries in the UK are government supported, it's good for the economy.

PrincessBabyCat Sat 07-Jun-14 11:09:58

Yes, I'm sure a child would love to eat spinach or collard greens instead of cheese and yogurt.

(In before smug "MY child likes to eat veggies instead of cheese", it's not the norm and you know it)

Benchmark where is your evidence that the dairy industry in the UK is cruel.

museumum Sat 07-Jun-14 11:18:36

The dairy industry has shaped our landscapes for generations. If all dairy farms went out of business what would happen to the fields currently used for grazing? Build on them? Concrete them over? Or find the money to maintain them for purely aesthetic reasons? Or re-wild the areas?
It's not an easy question to answer.

Laquitar Sat 07-Jun-14 11:22:42

Macaroni cheese is vital for my emotional wellbeing.

ReallyTired Sat 07-Jun-14 11:22:51

I feel that giving milk universally to all children under five in nurseries of any description is a total waste of money. I am in favour of free fruit though.

"The dairy industry has shaped our landscapes for generations. If all dairy farms went out of business what would happen to the fields currently used for grazing? Build on them? Concrete them over? Or find the money to maintain them for purely aesthetic reasons? Or re-wild the areas? "

I don't think that is likely to happen. Anyway the country has no intention of going veggie. We would eat the cows instead of milking them.

Benchmark Sat 07-Jun-14 11:23:15

Westmorland - The dairy industry is cruel by nature, regardless of which country you are in.
My uncle is a farmer in Dorset and even he said the sound of his cows screaming out when they're babies are taken at birth is something he struggled to deal with. He always claimed the dairy industry is crueler by nature than the meat industry and since researching it myself I have come to the same conclusions.

ArgyMargy Sat 07-Jun-14 11:23:32

YABU apart from the cheese string which is not an ideal way of offering cheese. YABVU to spell cheese with an a.

Bearandcub Sat 07-Jun-14 11:25:08

YABU

MozzchopsThirty Sat 07-Jun-14 11:29:05

FGS how can you be bothered about this stuff!
What nonsense

sunbathe Sat 07-Jun-14 11:34:12

Is there something in the water? grin

This is the third milk thread I've read in 2 days.

paxtecum Sat 07-Jun-14 11:38:30

Thirty years ago it was not unusual for dairy cows to be twenty years old.
Now they barely reach eight years. They are put to calf at least a year earlier than 30 years ago.

Often milked three times per day.

A few years ago there was a government directive forbidding HCPs to suggest a dairy free diet for asthmatic children, in case the farming industry was adversely effected.

DoJo Sat 07-Jun-14 11:51:56

Can you give an example of government advertising?

deakymom Sat 07-Jun-14 11:55:26

not really taxpayers money its tesco money and tesco pay taxes so milk promotion is making money

simple when you're sleep deprived and eating cake all day

Sparklingbrook Sat 07-Jun-14 11:55:50

confused

Benchmark Sat 07-Jun-14 12:07:59

The government have advertised milk in the past. I'm not sure they do now? I assumed there must be ads out there for the OP to start the thread, but maybe not! confused

oh god you again.
You really are a bit of a one trick pony.

your poor imaginary niece I bet she glazes over everytime dear aunty opens her mouth.

Sparklingbrook Sat 07-Jun-14 12:11:30

Cheese strings, Kinder Eggs and sweets at school on birthdays. shock

WhyBeHappyWhenYouCouldBeNormal Sat 07-Jun-14 12:12:16

Apricots and green beans are our favourite sources of calcium

This is what cutting out dairy does to you. No chocolate = stupid mumsnet threads.

JonSnowsPout Sat 07-Jun-14 12:13:52

Cheese is vital.

Brie is my lifeblood

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