–It is said that milk promotes growth and strengthens bones. The development of global mixed consumption is rather unhealthy for animal welfare and the environment.
There is even a World Milk Day that was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2001 to promote the consumption of milk internationally. Whether there is still a need for this 20 years later seems at least doubtful, as a look at the data from the Statista Global Consumer Survey shows. Accordingly, in almost all of the 38 countries marked on the world map, the majority of the population regularly consumes dairy products (milk, yoghurt, cheese, etc.) – in Germany the figure is 78 percent of those surveyed.
Milk remains an issue
How healthy the food really is is a matter of debate. The question of sustainability can be answered much more clearly. Measured in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption, cow’s milk is an absolute polluter and milk can also be viewed critically from an animal welfare point of view. In any case, modern cows are real milk machines. If a dairy cow produced 3,395 liters of milk per year in 1960, by 2021 it was almost 8,500.