The meat and dairy industry didn’t get this far without help. From funding, to information control, to handouts, to shovelling this crap into the mouths of kids at school, there is a wide-reaching machine powering this cycle of death. This is where you’ll find any sources that discuss the politics or industry of meat and dairy.
To make things easier, I have listed a bunch of quotes from these sources, and some I’ve highlighted like this so you can pick them out quickly.
There are times where I excise or alter punctuation, and remove hazard ratios and references to studies in the quotes below. The purpose of this is to make the information down below easier to read. I don’t take anything out of context or change the meaning of the text, but if you want to check or you want the full reference, you can just copy a chunk of the quote, and then ‘Ctrl-F’ on the actual source, linked above.
If you feel a quote is unrepresentative of the source, please get in touch.
Section 1 – Statistics and Articles
‘Senate Issues Failing Dairy Industry $1 Billion Handout‘, by Anna Starostinetskaya
This article from VegNews outlines a billion dollar handout to the dairy industry.
“The United States Senate signed a budget agreement last week to grant $1 billion to the dairy and livestock industries. The funds will be used toward programs that will help the dairy industry recover from a long-standing slump in dairy prices—which are affected by a number of factors, including consumer habits”
“In the first eight months of 2016, dairy farmers nationwide purged 43 million gallons of excess milk into manure lagoons, fields, and animal feed—with the surplus hitting an all-time high of 78 million gallons last year”
“Danone—which was known for its yogurt brands—recently completed the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods (parent company of plant-based brands Silk, Vega, Alpro, and So Delicious), while Elmhurst (New York City’s last remaining dairy processor) abandoned the dairy business and now exclusively produces milks made from peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, and oats”
‘Farming Boss Slams Failing Februdairy Campaign‘, by Maria Chiorando
Plant Based News, 2018
This article from PBN covers NFU leader Andrew McCornick’s reaction to Februdairy.
“Speaking at The National Farming Union’s [NFU] annual conference in Glasgow, NFU Scotland’s president, Andrew McCornick said the initiative wasn’t necessarily a good idea”
“He added: “I just feel it adds fuel to the fire, and opens dairy farmers, in particular, to more criticism, and it ends up being counter productive.”
“Overall, I think it’s a bit of a fashion, and we should just let them get on with it. But, for me, I believe we were given our teeth for a reason – to consume and enjoy meat.””
‘10 Top Tweets to Kick-Start #Februdairy‘, by Lauren Harris
Farmers Weekly, 2018
Here’s FWI’s top ten tweets to kick-ah you’ve read the title, you know what this is.
‘‘Februdairy Was A Complete Misfire’ Says Market Analyst‘, by Maria Chiorando
Plant Based News, 2018
PBN’s coverage of the Februdairy fiasco. Well worth a read of the full article.
“”A simple search of the hashtag on Twitter reveals deep problems for the campaign. First and foremost, the top influencers who dominate the conversation are all vegan. Minute by minute and hour by hour, vegans continue to shine the light on the parts of the industry which it wants hidden.””
“In addition, the campaign’s spokesperson Dr. Jude Capper faced criticism for breaking her own social media rules. When telling other people how to behave on social media, she said: “Don’t block people online. If you block people online they think you are ‘rattled’ or have something to hide.” Dr. Capper (known on Twitter as ‘Bovidiva’) became such a prolific blocker during the month (reportedly even blocking vegans who had not engaged with her) that a hashtag was launched: #blockedbybovidiva. She also faced criticism when ‘liking’ jokes about killing vegans, and suggesting she would let a vegan die in a burning building.”
‘‘Plans to cut excess calorie consumption unveiled‘, by UK Gov
The UK gov outlines its plan for tackling obesity in this country. In the words or Iron Man, not a great plan.
“Too many children and most adults are overweight or obese, suffering consequences from bullying and low self-esteem in childhood, to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers as adults. An obese parent is more likely to have an obese child, who in turn is more likely to grow up into an obese adult”
“Obesity affects us all, as it is a burden on the NHS and local authorities. The NHS spends around £6 billion a year treating obesity-related conditions. Obesity-related health problems also keep people out of work, stifling their earnings and wider economic productivity”
“The government’s challenge to the food industry is set out in Calorie reduction: the scope and ambition for action, published today, Tuesday 6 March 2018, by PHE. As with the sugar reduction programme, the industry has 3 ways to reduce calories:
- change the recipe of products
- reduce portion size
- encourage consumers to purchase lower calorie products
Categories of food covered by the programme include pizzas, ready meals, ready-made sandwiches, meat products and savoury snacks.”
“The latest One You campaign aims to support people to be more calorie-aware when they are out and about with its simple tip 400-600-600. Aim for 400 calories at breakfast, and 600 for lunch and dinner. Major high street brands are partnering with PHE on the campaign, signposting to meals that meet the 400-600-600 tip. Total daily calorie intake recommendations remain at 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men”