Did you know vegan milk is oppressing everyone?
fresh soy milk is one of the most amazing things on this planet, hands down, everyone owes it to themselves to experience it (unless you have a soy allergy, obvs). oat milk is a tougher sell for me just because... I don't wanna pay $5 for a carton that's basically a spoonful of oats, sugar, and some processed canola oil? but as a lactose-intolerant american, it is helpful to have around now and then.
i will say though: when i was growing up, we had a friend who had a small farm (food for his family + some for profit), and he had a few dairy cows who wandered around and let me pat their noses. the milk really helped the family, money-wise, and i still remember how beautiful the glass jugs were with the little cap of cream on top, which i got to stir. it was delicious, and i remember that being an early moment of food consciousness for me: our friend, his land, those cows all added up to the splash of milk i poured onto my cereal one morning.
Yes! It is insane to me that people think "alt-milks" are the odd ones.
It's very strange that in the US it isn't common knowledge that lactase persistence (the ability to digest lactose beyond nursing) is the derived allele (mutation). It common in Northern European and some North African and Middle Eastern populations, but nowhere else.
Personally, I love cheese but find milk disgusting (tasting) but abhor the practices that lead to the forced milking of animals forced to have offspring and nurse them for less than an ideal time.
Thank you, as always, for your consistent voice and attention to systemic and cultural nuances of our food system. I couldnt imagine a more poignant and hard hitting (in all the right ways) response to that egregious Grub Street article.