We Have All Heard That Milk Is Good For The Bones, But

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We have all heard that milk is good for the bones, but do most of us know how milk, butter, and pretty much all dairy products are made? Most people do not know how we get them from cows. Essentially, newborn calves are taken from cows a matter of hours after their birth. I found it heartbreaking to conduct research on this. What I found was so horrible that it made me sick to my stomach. To tell you the truth, during my research, I thought that they did not suffer much/ In this article, the authors said, “When a dairy cow is born, she is taken from her mother within 24 hours, if not immediately. The primary reason she does not stay with her mother is so that she does not drink up all the farmer’s profit (e.g. her mother’s milk). That milk…show more content…
This might seem like a huge amount of water, but considering that in the U.S. alone there are currently nine million dairy cows and that in a dairy operation, water is required to hydrate cows, clean parlor floors, walls, and milking equipment, water use adds up fast. (Chavez, 2016) I would never have imagined that they used so much water. In fact, I always assumed that farmers did not have to clean things much and that much of the water went to waste. Another fact that I learned was that there was a connection between carbon emissions and dairy production: The FAO report, ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions From the Dairy Sector: a Life Cycle Assessment,’ estimates that the global dairy sector contributes four percent of total global anthropogenic GHG emissions. This figure includes emissions allotted to milk production, processing and transportation, and the emissions from fattening and slaughtering dairy cows. By and large, methane is the most troubling GHG produced by dairy cattle as it has the ability to trap up to 100 times more heat into the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Around 52 percent of the GHGs produced by dairy is methane. It is estimated that cows produce between 250 and 500 liters of methane a day. Going back to our dairy factory farm with 700 cows, that is up to 350,000 liters or 325,500 pounds of methane pumped into the atmosphere every day.(Chavez.2016) Gross It is unbelievable

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