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Persuasive Essay On Cow Milk

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Growing up, we were all told “Drink your milk for strong teeth and bones!” and who are we to question that logic. Milk contains many beneficial nutrients such as calcium to maintain and grow bone mass and protein to build and repair muscle tissue, as well as many other essential nutrients for a strong and healthy body (Capretto). Beyond the familiar milk-mustache media campaign often plastered on cafeteria walls, there is a general controversy on milk’s significance in human diets and whether or not humans need or should be drinking it. Because dairy is often in everyday life, It is important to understand the background, physical effects and potential risks while deciding if cow milk is right for you or to consider a milk alternative. Dairy farming has been a huge part of human culture and farming for thousands of years. In the United States, dairy cows are mass bred to produce large quantities of milk for the entire country. Much like humans, cows only lactate after they have given birth. Furthermore, cows must give birth to one calf per year in order to continue producing milk and they are often artificially inseminated. On average high-production cows produce milk for less than three years, after which, their meat used for beef (About). Approximately 20% of beef production in the United states is from dairy cows and each farm decides which cows become part of the beef supply (Stauffer). Dairy production has become a huge economic and cultural aspect of the
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