Buying dairy

Dairy products on a table

If it doesn’t say grassfed, then the dairy product is likely to have come from a mega-dairy farm, where cows are raised indoors in close confinement

Buy grassfed, hormone free

If you buy dairy, ensure it is certified to Animal Welfare Approved standards. If unavailable, buy Certified Humane or USDA Organic. Where possible, look to use dairy alternatives such as soy, coconut or almond milk, yogurts, or desserts.

Look for labels that say rBGH-free or rBST-free, which means that the cows were not dosed with rBGH or rBST, genetically engineered hormones that increase milk production. Overproduction of milk leads to severe welfare problems for dairy cattle, including lameness and mastitis. These hormones are also banned in the 27 countries of the EU because of human health concerns.

In addition to looking for the rBGH or rBST free label, look for grassfed dairy products. If it doesn’t say grassfed, then the dairy product is likely to have come from a mega-dairy farm, raised indoors in close confinement.

When you're eating out or making a supermarket purchase, remember the milk in your coffee, ice cream or the cheese in your sandwich is unlikely to be grassfed/hormone free unless it says so.


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