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White Lies

Smashing the myth that dairy is good for humans

For decades, dairy milk has been promoted as essential for good health, with so-called experts saying its nutritional components were necessary for strong bones among other claims. But more evidence is coming to light to suggest that the idea humans need dairy is untrue and old fashioned.

Professor T. Campbell (more about him later) is the author of The China Study. He has spoken out about the damage caused by consuming dairy on a number of occasions.

Writing a foreword for Viva!Health’s White Lies report on milk, he said: “Of course, dairy foods have nutritional characteristics and disease associations that are consistent with other animalbased foods. Indeed, if anything, cow’s milk and its products appear to be even more problematic than other animal-based foods.

“Unfortunately the scientific liter ature on the characteristics and associations of dairy with health and disease seem to have been more obscured from public view than is the case for other animal-based foods. For example, research 40-60 years ago had shown that cow’s milk proteins (casein and lactalbumin) markedly elevated blood cholesterol and its parallel formation of atherosclerotic plaques. More recently, much more evidence on the adverse health effects of cow’s milk has been accumulated.”

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The vegan momentum keeps building. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers over the last few years, and now there are more and more plant-based projects hitting the mainstream consciousness. One of the most exciting is film Carnage by comedian Simon Amstell released earlier this spring. This excellent mockumentary (which is available on BBC iPlayer) has won acclaim from vegans and carnists alike. It is witty, intelligent and acerbic, being both informative and entertaining while never venturing into the dreaded ‘preachy’ territory. Our roving journalist (and vegan pioneer in her own right) Louise Wallis attended a special press screening with Mr Amstell himself. Her report makes for fascinating reading. Also highly visible in the mainstream are Go Vegan World posters and campaign materials. Many of you have spotted (and snapped) these images on billboards, bus shelters, newspapers and even taxis, but the biggest spot of all was at a huge international rugby match. We sat down with Go Vegan World founder Sandra Higgins to discuss how her work is changing hearts and minds. We had a very special guest come to Vegan Life HQ for a photoshoot – and you can see the results on the cover of this issue. World class athlete and vegan activist Timothy Shieff is an inspiring figure for so many in the community, so it was a privilege to chat with him for a special feature profile. There’s lots of evidence to show that more consumers (vegan and otherwise) are starting to embrace plant-based products – especially dairy alternatives like soya and almond milk. This seems to have hit a nerve with some in the dairy industry who are starting to hit back, with the National Farmers’ Union calling campaigns like the ones by Go Vegan World ‘disheartening’ for dairy farmers. We decided to dig deep into this growing tension between the dairy industry and vegans to bring you an in-depth feature. Have a great month.
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