Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
12 March 2000 Issue

A Milk by Any Other Name...
By Greg Lawson, by [email protected]

The US Dairy Industry is spending lots in legal costs to try to get the soymilk industry to stop using the word "milk" as a part of it's product name. Huh?

We taxpayers spend so much money each year to prop up the dairy industry, buying milk and cheese for school lunch programs, welfare programs, disaster relief, and as aid to foreign countries, I wonder why these dairy companies feel they need to spend even more money on helping consumers distinguish between soy beverage and bovine mammary fluid.

Surely the smarter of us can pick between a high protein, cruelty free drink and the pesticide and herbicide laden, hormone and antibiotic enhanced fluids from a cow.

If the dairy industry has it's way, soy milks will have to be re-labeled as "Soy Beverage", "Soy Drink", "Bean Juice" or any other name which does not cause confusion with "real" milk. Huh?

Shouldn't human women have a claim on the name "real" milk?

And there should be no confusion....the Dairy Industry cares not about the suffering, as long as a dollar is to be made. Dairy cows must be kept pregnant to keep producing milk, most of the offspring becoming veal.

And let there be no confusion.....The Dairy Industry says "Want Strong Bones?, Got Milk?" because they cannot say "Milk Builds Strong Bones", they don't want to fight the truth in advertising laws. Research has shown that the acidity of animal protein leeches calcium out of the body. So, cow's milk leaves you with less calcium than you receive from it. Really want Strong Bones? Don't believe the Dairy Industry, eat kale, other leafy green veggies and take a calcium supplement. And read the info at

The NOTMILK Homepage! (MILK is a bad-news substance!)

But because the Dairy Industry has the money, they can say what they want to, and make us use the words they would wish us to use. Soy Drink.

I cannot help but wonder what fate awaits the makers of peanut BUTTER...peanut cream?, No, of course not. .....peanut goo?

Speaking of which -- peanut butter makes great sauces and dips.

Pepper Peanut Butter Sauce

In a saucepan boil one cup water with 1/3 cup soy sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic and one or two crushed cayenne peppers or a teaspoon of red pepper flakes or powder. Mix in enough peanut butter, four or five tablespoons to desired consistancy, to make a sauce for a dish of broccoli and rice, or cauliflower and rice or other mixed stir fried, or steamed, veggies served with grain or pasta.

Chocolate Chile Peanut Sauce

Mix a cup and a half of water with 2 cloves minced garlic, one crushed cayenne pepper, one tablespoon Mole sauce (available in the Mexican foods section of many supermarkets and made of chile and chocolate). When it boils, mix in five (or so) tablespoons of peanut butter. When desired thickness is achieved, stir in a tablespoon or two of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Serve with fresh veggies (colored bell peppers, squash, broccoli) and toasted bread.

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