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Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Jim Mulhern, Beth Briczinski

Big Dairy: Got Confusion? Call it “Cow Milk”

Sales of almond, soy, coconut, and other plant-based milks are soaring, on track to reach $20 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, consumer demand for dairy is tanking as Americans become aware of just how cruel the dairy industry is to cows, how it has cheated consumers, and the havoc that dairy milk can wreak on our bodies (got lactose intolerance?). As each generation consumes less milk than the one before it, Big Dairy is panicking. The industry is left crying over spilled milk—literally, dumping millions of gallons of unwanted milk down the drain. Big Dairy is desperate, and it’s turning to the FDA to help squash the rise of plant-based milks. In 2010, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urged the federal government to block the use of words like “milk” and “cheese” on the labels of dairy-free products. Six years later, that hasn’t worked, so the NMPF is back at it, this time by whipping up members of Congress to write to the Food and Drug Administration about how such labeling is “misleading and illegal.” Truly misleading, however, are current dairy product labels, which do not state what’s really inside: bovine mammary secretions, produced by cows and comprising just the right mix of proteins and hormones for their calves to grow hundreds of pounds in mere months. If it is in NMPF’s own interest in ensuring that labels “clearly identify the true nature of the food,” as noted in its 2010 petition, why not clearly identify dairy as “cow milk?” (*this language was updated from an earlier version). The NMPF claims that it’s worried about confusing consumers. That’s exactly why the NMPF should label its own products as “cow milk,” “cow cheese,” and “cow ice cream.” That way, consumers will understand what they're really buying. After all, cow milk is produced by cows (for cows and their calves), so why not just say it?! Many consumers are no longer swallowing the industry’s lies about happy cows and healthy bones. More and more people are choosing nutritious and delicious plant-based milks over cruelty- and cholesterol-filled cow milk. Join us in calling on the NMPF to make it easier on shoppers to know the “true nature of the food” they’re buying by clearly labeling its products as Cow Milk.

Compassion Over Killing
6,826 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Robert Callif, Food and Drug Administration

Petition FDA: Broaden Definition of Milk [IMPENDING VERDICT]

I am petitioning for the FDA to broaden the Standards of Identity for the term "milk" to include plant-based milk alternatives. It has recently been brought to my attention that thirty-two congressmen from dairy-producing states are petitioning to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Robert Califf to exclude plant-based milks from advertising it's products as “milk.” The Standards of Identity (legal definitions for food products) for "milk" in the United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 CFR § 131.110 reads: Milk. Description. Milk is the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows. (If the dairy industry insists that products have explicit labels, why is dairy milk not clearly labeled as "Cows' Milk"?) Congressmen and dairy farmers are fighting for the FDA to uphold this definition and force products such as: soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, rice milk, pea milk, to all change their common and accepted names to alternate labels that are less familiar to consumers that are seeking out non-dairy products due to health, allergy, and ethical concerns. Their argument is that "cows’ milk is more nutritionally valuable than plant-based milk" which has been proven wrong by scientific studies, and that dairy farms are failing because of plant-based alternative's "misleading use of the term milk". In actuality, it will become more confusing to consumers to change the names of plant-based milks. Those who choose to avoid dairy products will continue to do so besides the name. “It has been used worldwide and in the United States for nearly 80 years," says Nancy Chapman, the Executive Director of The Soyfoods Association of North America, in reference to the term soymilk. It is to my understanding that this attack on milk substitutes is purely in the interest of economic manipulation and the stretching of money-making tactics for the dairy-industry - NOT in the interest of consumers. Please sign and share this petition if you agree, and research milk alternatives if you haven't already!

Baylee Ovalle
25 supporters