Cow rape / torture / murderer - there are few businesses more rotten than "cruel dairy".
There are few worse uses of land & water resources than "cruel dairy".
Naive farmers in Asia are talked into / tricked into using more of their land for "cruel dairy" production on a daily basis.
A shift towards a "dairy based diet" (in the US called the SAD or Standard American Diet) is quickly spreading new diseases into Asian cities - the growing number of McDonalds / Pizza Huts / K.F.C.'s etc. will maim & prematurely kill a lot of people - this is "quiet" insane capitalist aggression against Asia coming mainly from the US & Australasia.
Dairy products damage your health / damage your planet.
Hearing New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark call Fonterra the "whistle blower" in the Sanlu case last week was just "wild" - she & her have a history as cow & sheep murderers.
+ Helen Clark was born in 1950, in Hamilton, and spent her first twelve years on the family sheep and cattle farm to the west of the city. +
As an educated & influential person she could "wake up" & work to phase out dairy farming in New Zealand & elsewhere.
Fonterra - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonterra
Sanlu formula incident
In September of 2008, Sanlu Chinese dairy (60% Chinese government owned and 40% Fonterra owned) recalled 700 tonnes of baby formula after more than 600 babies developed kidney stones and two died. The milk powder was contaminated by melamine.
+ The company that produced the infant formula, Sanlu Group Co., is China's biggest producer of powdered milk and is 43 percent owned by a New Zealand dairy farmers' cooperative, Fonterra.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said Monday she learned of the problem on Sept. 5 and convened a meeting of senior ministers three days later at which she ordered officials to directly inform senior authorities in Beijing, at a time when provincial Chinese officials appeared to be dragging their feet in ordering a recall.
"We were the whistle blowers and they leapt in and ensured there was action on the ground," Clark told reporters. "At a local level ... I think the first inclination was to try and put a towel over it and deal with it without an official recall."
Fonterra, the world's biggest milk trader, said Sunday it had urged Sanlu to recall the product as early as six weeks ago. Sanlu did not order a recall until last Thursday. +
Dairy Intolerance in China
Foods Matter, January 2007 - As part of a group of UK Nuffield farm scholars Emma Hockridge travelled to China last July to try to gain a better knowledge of Chinese farming practices. Her report appeared in the July/September Food Magazine and we thought that FM readers would be particularly interested in her comments on the dairy industry and lactose intolerance.
‘Dairy farming may seem out of place in a country where lactose intolerance is very common, but government officials who led our visit skipped over this point (along with many others) telling us that such dietary intolerance only affects around 10% of the population. Although there are no official figures, studies have indicated that lactose intolerance affects around 30% of Chinese children, and a study of Chinese adults showed that 92.3% suffered from some level of lactose malabsorption.
Despite this there is a huge push to encourage Chinese people to drink more milk. It is advertised as important for good health, the government funds milk-rounds to schools and the state-run television has aired programs on the benefits of milk drinking. Many of the world's top dairy companies have entered China as a result of seeing the huge potential market of 1.3 billion inhabitants - though many of these companies find it hard to find reliable and hygienic supplies of raw milk in China itself. Animal welfare is not an important issue in China. When cage sizes of EU battery hens were explained one government representative said, "in China we could use this to raise cattle".
Such attitudes were in force at the region's largest dairy farm where a herd of 3,000 Friesian cattle (the average UK herd is around 90 cows) was kept on concrete floors in 90% humidity and in temperatures of 34ºC, shackled to short chains. It was not surprising that we saw widespread evidence of lameness and mastitis.'