Other issues with dairy

In addition to the animal welfare and environmental concerns associated with the dairy industry, there are other aspects to consider about the production of milk in New Zealand.

Health and dairy alternatives

The dairy industry has done a thorough job of convincing many people that dairy products are necessary for our health. This is definitely not the case. There are many healthy alternative sources of calcium and other nutrients.

To make an informed decision it is important to be aware that there are also health concerns related to consumption of dairy products. With the wide range of dairy substitutes available, you can enjoy your flat white or ice-cream sundae without ignoring the welfare of cows and their calves.

Organic Cow’s and Goat’s Milk

Both organic cow’s milk and goat’s milk involve much of the same cruelty to animals as conventional cow’s milk.

Dairy and the economy

The effect on the New Zealand economy is often cited as a reason to continue with the dairy industry and its expansion, however many academics and economists are starting to question our dependence on the dairy industry. Find out more about dairy and the economy.