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The BART Ads!

Thanks to the BART Blue Sky Contest and all of our fantastic supporters and donors, the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition has been able to bring our message of sustainability and compassion to over 300,000 people per day on San Francisco’s subway system.

Our station ad draws attention to the environmental impacts of factory farming, based on the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide.

Our car ad draws attention to the impact of factory farming on the 9 billion animals that are raised for food every year in the U.S., based on figures from Farm Forward.

The campaign has received wonderful media coverage from East Bay Express, VegNews Magazine, SF Business Times, and SF Grub Street.

To everyone who has supported our work, we say:

Milk Infographic – Carbon Footprint

 

Our infographic has reached over 75,000 people on Facebook! We’re excited that we’ve spurred so many people to consider the impacts of their food choices.  It’s also stirred up debate about some of the facts, so we want to explain the big issues in more detail, and provide our sources:

Carbon Footprint of Almond Milk

Many people have asked for the carbon footprint of almond milk.  Unfortunately, the reason we didn’t list it is that we couldn’t find the carbon footprint of either almonds or almond milk anywhere.   Please let us know if you come across it!

One factor that increases the carbon footprint of almonds is the fact that California produces so many almonds (1.9 billion pounds – most of the world’s supply!), that bees have
to be imported to pollinate all of the blossoms.  This increases the carbon footprint about 10%.  The carbon footprint also depends on how close you live to California.

Carbon Footprint of Cow Milk

Greenhouse Gases: According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation (trains + planes + automobiles) combined.  Cows are particularly damaging; a single cow produces between 100-600 liters of methane per day, and methane is 25x more potent in warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.  Check out this great article on cows and methane.

Soy & Corn: 98% of
the soy crop grown in the U.S. is fed to livestock, as is 44% of the corn crop.  When you consider the carbon footprint of milk, you must also consider the carbon footprint of the feed crops.  Here’s a breakdown of the different emissions involved in corn production – tilling, fertilization, pesticide application, irrigation, processing.  Then the crops have to be shipped hundreds of miles away to where the animals are being raised.

Carbon Footprint of Milk: Our source for this was a study conducted by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy: http://www.usdairy.com/Sustainability/Science/Pages/Science-Layout-2.aspx

Negative Impacts of Almond Milk

Many people have pointed out that almonds are a monoculture in California, and that non-organic almond farming entails the use of harmful pesticides.  We want to
encourage people to reduce the impacts of their food choices as much as possible, which includes buying organic, local and seasonal produce, as well as products made using fair labor practices.

However, for people who only shop at large grocery chains like Safeway, there are few perfect products.  In that case, we’re urging people to practice harm reduction by buying the product that has the least impact.  Given the mass quantities of GMO soy and corn that are grown to feed to cows, plus all of the pain and suffering that mother cows and calves endure, and the pollution and emissions from cow milk, almond milk (especially organic) is still a less harmful product.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that there are products that are less environmentally destructive than cow milk, that don’t cause millions of animals to suffer, and have similar nutritional value.  Making homemade organic almond milk, or trying oat, hemp, rice, or
organic soymilk are also great alternatives.

Coming soon: more detailed info about animal treatment, and bovine growth hormone.

Cow’s Milk or Almond Milk?

Check out our infographic! We’re educating people about what goes into cow milk versus almond milk. The choice is simple… which would you rather buy? We’ll be distributing the flyer at grocery stores so that people can vote with their dollars to help animals and the environment.

Stop Pinkwashing Bovine Growth Hormone!

The Coalition to Fight Factory Farming is supporting Breast Cancer Action’s campaign to get Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) out of our food supply.

The high levels of the hormone IGF-1 found in milk treated with Bovine Growth Hormone have been linked to cancer risk in over 3 dozen studies. One study found that women with high IGF-1 levels were 7x as likely to develop breast cancer.

So why does Eli Lily continue to manufacture rBGH if it knows that it’s giving women breast cancer? Maybe because Eli Lily then makes money by selling its breast cancer treatment drugs to those very same women.

Stop this disgusting cycle and urge Eli Lily
to put women’s health before profits by signing the Breast Cancer Action petition

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