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We Told You Milk Could Kill You

Written by PETA | October 29, 2008

A milk processing plant in California exploded on Monday. Seriously—it seems that a spark landed in some powdered milk, and the whole shebang went up like a powder keg—or perhaps we should say carton. Tee hee.

Injuries were kept to a minimum, thank goodness. Only one brave employee was wounded—he was helping firefighters navigate the plant, and he had to be treated for heat exhaustion. He’s fine now, though!

The milk fire did, however, get pretty big—seven fire engines had to be called in, and the explosion blew a hole in the side of the building. Goodness gracious, we already knew about some of milk’s explosive effects, but this is just ridiculous!

Because it pains me to go out on a fart joke, perhaps I’ll call your attention to the other dangers that are associated with milk—like breast cancer, heart disease, and prostate cancer—not to mention all the baby calves for whom the dairy industry is, quite literally, deadly.

Also, milk will blow a hole in the side of your factory. I’m just sayin’.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Michele says:

    Milk IS nature’s “perfect food” if you’re a COW! Otherwise it’s bad for your health and full of pus hormones and antibiotics. Gross!

  • vegancoin says:

    soy milk is the real thing.

  • Circe says:

    For the minority of the world’s population that is lactosetolerant milk does seem to be a useful nutrient source why else would there have been such a strong selective pressure for the ability to digest milk? Humans in regions where other food was scarce like Scandinavia and certain regions of the Middle East and Africa needed the extra nutrition to survive. I don’t think that demonizing milk as a health hazard is the best way to go because it still remains a good source of fat and protein. However that doesn’t excuse the modern human from eating dairy when so many other choices are available crueltyfree year round. Dairy isn’t so wrong because it’s nutritionally horrible but because of the exploitation involved in producing it.

  • Penny says:

    Bret People are fighting about milk because cows have to live their whole lives producing milk and they are pumped with antibiotics and other things to keep them producing. Haven’t you wondered why humans are now becoming immune to antibiotics? Milk isn’t good for you. You are an adult and can get calcium from other sources.

  • Shane says:

    Milk is natures perfect food. A study based on skim milk with no vitimin D to assist the body in obsorbing calcium is irrelevent. Perhaps the study would be more relevent if it had used organic whole milk with a Vitimin D supplement.

  • Tia says:

    The notion that you need milk is pure propaganda put out by the meat and dairy industry. Meat and dairy are KNOWN to cause or contribute to several types of cancer heart disease the list goes on. God intended cow’s milk for baby cow’s not humans! Get your calcium from veggies and protein from beans and the like. You’ll be much healthier.

  • Kelley says:

    I like almond milk the bestit is better than soy!

  • Bret says:

    I can’t believe people are fighting about milk. it is a beverage. if you like it you like it. if you dont you dont. its a personal choice. there are health consequences simply by going outside and breathing this thing we call “fresh air.” I’ve never heard of anyone dying or being sick for drinking milk unless of course they are lactose intolerant which is neither here nor there to be quite honest because lots of people are allergic to different things.

  • craig says:

    Tom Too much milk is bad for your bones. Eating 12 servings of dairy products a day is ideal any less and you need other sources for nutrients any more and you risk intaking too much saturated fat and vitamin A which in high quantities can weaken bones. Look into it.

  • Kelly says:

    Too bad everyone didn’t die.

  • Gerry says:

    Most people STILL do not know that the famous pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock apologized for his near lifelong milk recommendations in his latest book. I would like to see Peta revisit this campaign and list links OTHER than their own website to get the message across better.

  • Carie says:

    Soy milk is fortified with calcium just like regular milk so you do not have to drink the real stuff to get you calcium. Also there are so many vitamins you could get. I take a calcium w vitamin D supplement everyday along with drinking soy milk.

  • Vegancakes says:

    Dylan Elliot It is not because of the lack of milk in your diet. You just had no idea that leafy greens are also an awesome calcium source. Your surgery is your fault for not knowing how to nourish your body.

  • Tom says:

    Milk is actually bad for your bones Dylan. Look into it.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Hi Dylan Maybe talk to a good nutritionist about other sources of calcium. It seems the more protein especially animal one eats or drinks the more calcium is leached from the bones to maintain the blood’s pH balance. “A study funded by the US National Dairy Council for example gave a group of postmenopausal women three 8oz glasses of skimmed milk a day for two years then compared their bones with those of a control group of women not given the milk. The dairy group consumed 1400mg of calcium a day yet lost bone at twice the rate of the control group. Similarly the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that women who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. Another piece of research found that women who get most of their protein from animal sources have three times the rate of bone loss and hip fractures of women who get most of their protein from vegetable sources according to a 2001 National Institutes of Health study.”

  • Derek, MD says:

    Dylan I am not sure of your age or gender but both of those pieces of information would be vital to addressing your concern. I also am not sure what to make of this “$50000 surgery” that you reference. If you provide further information I would be happy to respond although I will start by saying there are many sources of calcium other than dairy products and the scaphoid bone typically is not a site of pathological fractures due to osteoporosis although I would venture to guess at most you fit in the osteopenic category.

  • Dylan Elliott says:

    So if i have hated HATED milk ever since i was born. Then i got a scafloid fracture and my bone mass is decreasing due to calcium deficiency and if i do not drink milk everyday i will have to have a 50000$ surgery which i cannot afford. any comments on that?

  • Tom says:

    Soy Milk will not explode your factory. Try it out.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Offtopic but I got this interesting link from a Vegan Outreach eNewsletter httpwww.sprig.comTopVeganCelebrities But they only gave Pam Anderson a B+wtf?

  • King of Fiji says:

    But my dog likes it when I mix in some milk with his kibbles.

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