How ethical are Vegan Dairy Alternatives?

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Standard Supplier 28th May 2018

How ethical are Vegan Dairy Alternatives?

Recently the most talked about posts on the www.slowfood.org.uk blog have been those discussing the ethical issues surrounding many Vegan Alternatives. Written by the superb journalist Marianne Landzettle, she discusses how bees are intensively farmed to pollinate the Californian Almond nutteries where the vast amount of the almonds and almond milk we consume is sourced.

There are a number of issues with this, the bees are trucked, often thousands of miles, many of them die in the process, and Vegans don’t believe we should keep bees – yet Almond Milk depends upon it.

Soya Milk doesn’t fare much better – huge tracts of rainforest is being cut down to grow soya; and whilst a good amount of this goes to animal feed (Another reason to ensure you buy British pasture fed), some of course is eaten by people, either is food or turned into Soya Milk.

Here at Slow Food we advocate milk – whether from cow, goat or even sheep – from animals raised on pasture, as close to your restaurant as possible. But if for whatever reason you don’t want to drink those in your cappuccino, then it maybe is better to have a black americano, nothing in the side.

Image :copyright: Martin Kunz