Can almond milk be labeled milk? US Congress debates definition
The rise of dairy-free alternatives is causing problems for farmers
There has been a lot going on in the States of late.
Naturally, Congress has been discussing the big issues, including abortion, Obamacare and, well, almond milk.
A new bill has been created that seeks to ban dairy alternatives from using the term ‘milk’.
Titled the DAIRY PRIDE Act, the name is a tenuous acronym for ‘defending against imitations and replacements of yogurt, milk, and cheese to promote regular intake of dairy every day’.
The bill was introduced in January by two democrats, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.
It argues that the dairy industry is struggling as a result of all the dairy-free alternatives on the market and the public are being duped too.
Of course, it’s not just almond milk - there are all sorts of dairy-free milks (also known as ‘mylks’) widely available, including soya, oat, coconut, hemp, hazelnut and cashew.
According to the bill, the fact that said alternatives are allowed to call themselves ‘milk’ “hurts dairy farmers that work tirelessly to ensure their dairy products meet FDA standards and provide the public with nutritious food.