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June 18, 2010



I totally agree with what you have said. I've been a vegetarian for a year now and it's been the best decision I've made for my life. After seeing these dairy videos (Conklin, Willet) and reading the research on whether or not the human body really needs dairy products, I've been trying to use as little dairy as possible. It's not hard, but it's not as easy as making the veggie switch. The veggie switch was pretty simple and my body had no problems with it. I've definitely noticed more physiological and digestive problems with coming off of dairy ... but in the end, I know it's worth it both for the animals and my body. I do agree with what you say about this not being a whole dairy farming issue. I have many family members and friends who get their dairy products (and meat) from local, family farms. They are actually able to SEE the animals and know they are well taken care of. I think that's what needs to happen. We need to stop neglecting to see what we are truly eating and where it comes from. I'm not opposed to people drinking milk or eating a burger, but good Lord! Eating a burger, which was meat that came from a cow who was lying in its own feces after being poked, prodded, beaten, and inhumanely slaughtered? How does that not cause one to loose their appetite?!! Great post!

Bea Elliott

Great decision --- A very wise and compassionate choice!
Good luck on your journey!

Andrea  Wren

Hi Hayley,

Thanks for your very helpful comment. I agree that making the switch to non-dairy is more difficult - at the moment my first step is to really just stop buying at home.

Also, your last point is very valid. As consumers we have so much power - if people are making a choice to buy milk or a burger, or whatever - they have the power to demand that there was compassion in its delivery to their mouth!

Thanks again for commenting.


Andrea  Wren

Hi Bea,

Thanks so much for taking the time to offer support!


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  • I'm Andrea, and am obsessed with creating fabulous food. After I managed to ditch dieting, the reason Chocolate and Beyond was born, it seemed natural to evolve my site into a foodie blog. More so since I also ditched animal produce to be vegan. Now, I love showing how inventive cruelty-free cooking can be. And sometimes I like to rant, too. I wouldn't be myself otherwise :) x

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