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Climate and Environment

Chhavi Sachdev
Podcaster and Independent Radio Producer/Reporter
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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Milk: How Does It Impact The Planet And Our Bodies?

More than two thirds of the world's people can't digest milk, but most everyone drinks it! Part of it is cultural, part of it is the dairy lobby... and some of it is science. Listener Nancy from Scotland asks whether swapping it for a plant-based "mylk" like soy, rice, oat or something similar is better for the planet (think cow farts, cow feed, land use, water). And whether giving up dairy milk would actually impact our health. 

In this episode, host Graihagh meets a genetic evolutionist as well as someone who has studied the economics of the dairy chain. Here's one thing she found:

"If the whole world were willing to swap dairy for soy, we would free up a land mass the size of Australia and reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically."

Oh, and even factoring in the cost of flying the soy milk from round the world would have a lower ecological footprint than drinking local cow's milk.But should we? They then talk about lactose intolerance and genetics, as well as nutrition, bone density, and general health. The bottom line? You'll have to decide if you care enough to give it up (assuming you're in the minority that can even digest it).

Milk: How Does It Impact The Planet And Our Bodies?
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