You don’t think much about it when you head to the grocery store, but choosing the increasingly popular alternatives over age-old token purchases has an effect on our farmers.
The dairy industry is just one branch agriculture struggling because of the trend toward food alternatives, like almond, soy and rice milks. According to a Texas A&M study, sales of the non-dairy product almond milk are now more than $700,000,000 a year.
WMAZ reported that Bibb County in central Georgia has reduced from 42 dairies in the county to just one and the man remaining saw a reduction in his profits in 2016 by nearly $75,000.
Many farmers blame the conversation that has developed around milk in recent years and the misconception that the product is unhealthy. Couple that with bad publicity about some creameries that don’t adhere to the sanitary demands, it’s easy to see why “fake milk” is putting “real milk” out of business.
Recently, lawmakers in Washington D.C. introduced a bill that would prohibit companies from labeling almond, rice, and soy-based products as “milk.”
Raw milks is illegal for human consumption in the state of Georgia.