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The future: real cow’s milk, made by yeast?

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In the future, dairy cows may no longer be needed to create milk.

In the future, dairy cows may no longer be needed to create milk.

In the future, dairy cows may no longer be needed to create milk.

We are over half way through “Veganuary”, with many people having a trial month of veganism. I’ve enjoyed doing this in previous years, as a way of educating myself, and although I now eat a mostly plant-based diet, I am not a full time vegan. I classify myself as a proponent of “animal welfare” rather than “animal rights”. For me, it is important that animals have good lives that are worth living, and that they don’t suffer fear, anxiety or pain at the end of their lives. But I don’t have a problem with animals being reared for human consumption as long as those boxes are ticked.

Dairy farming has become a common target for vegan activists: emotionally charged billboards referring to calves as “babies” being snatched from their cow “mothers” have sprung up across Ireland.


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