Almond milk in coffee destroying planet

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03 Feb 2024, 8:19 pm

The massive increase in popularity of almond milk as a dairy alternative has pushed almond prices and production across the world.

However growing almonds is damaging to the environment, specifically because it' is one of the most thirstiest food crops in the world.

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The drain on irrigation water is one of the contributing factors to water shortages (Australia is one of the driest continents in the world).
https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2024- ... /103388210

With GMO modified soya bean based milk already identified as being environmentally unfriendly, the increased consumption of almond based milk has also been identified as a problem. Reducing our reliance on carbon polluting cows is going to be much harder now.



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04 Feb 2024, 6:32 am

I don't think cows are all that bad to begin with really.



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04 Feb 2024, 4:40 pm

Livestock production—primarily cows—produce 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/cow-b ... hange-that

I know the alternative milk industry has been pushing their environmental credentials but GMO Soy and now almonds have turned out to be equally destructive. Soybean is responsible for deforestation and greenhouse gases anyway but also Monsanto might have caused the release of genetically modified plants into the environment.

Now almonds are also causing water shortages. Freshwater supplies around the world are drying up as waterways become excessively polluted.



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04 Feb 2024, 4:49 pm

The main reason for the existence of almond milk, as I understand it, is as a milk substitute for lactose intolerant folks.

I guess that the lactose intolerant should stop aping others and just ...stop putting fake milk on their cereal in the morning, and just do without.



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04 Feb 2024, 5:13 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
The main reason for the existence of almond milk, as I understand it, is as a milk substitute for lactose intolerant folks.

I guess that the lactose intolerant should stop aping others and just ...stop putting fake milk on their cereal in the morning, and just do without.


Ostensibly, but as with gluten-free and casein free products, almond and soy milk has also become popular with weight loss. I think oat milk is also rising in popularity. Dairy products have been (rightly or wrongly) been implicated with the obesity epidemic.



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04 Feb 2024, 6:31 pm

 

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04 Feb 2024, 6:33 pm

^^^ C'mon Fnord! I thought you would get with the theme and go "chemtrails" :lol:



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04 Feb 2024, 10:08 pm

I drink soya milk instead of cow's milk because of the taste and no other reason.

Cow's milk is highly icky for me, unless it is an ingredient masked by other ingredients.

But having it straight? Yikes.



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04 Feb 2024, 10:09 pm

I've never had almond milk and I don't like oat milk.
They're both really unhealthy anyway.
They're usually full of sugar and preservatives.


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04 Feb 2024, 10:13 pm

IsabellaLinton wrote:
I've never had almond milk and I don't like oat milk.
They're both really unhealthy anyway.
They're usually full of sugar and preservatives.


Apparently organic almond milk does away with most of the preservatives in some brands. It is more expensive though.



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04 Feb 2024, 11:42 pm

^^^ I put my daughter on organic almond milk (because she has dairy allergies) but she also has severe allergies to preservatives. She has never had an adverse reaction to the organic almond milk she takes.



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04 Feb 2024, 11:45 pm

That's good. ^ My daughter uses organic oat milk.
It doesn't appeal to me at all.
I'm lactose intolerant but I still use regular cow's milk.


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04 Feb 2024, 11:48 pm

I don't drink cows milk but I'm partial to full cream coffee icecream and Baskin/Robbins mint choc chip



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05 Feb 2024, 5:29 am

cyberdad wrote:
^^^ I put my daughter on organic almond milk (because she has dairy allergies) but she also has severe allergies to preservatives. She has never had an adverse reaction to the organic almond milk she takes.


That's good that your daughter found a viable alternative.



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05 Feb 2024, 10:20 am

I use oat milk without the extra sugar and additives.


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05 Feb 2024, 11:13 am

Doesn't really matter at this point. Coffee, Chocolate and Vanilla are all going extinct due to climate change...enjoy what you like while you can.