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Is that not odd?
Hundovir wrote:I don't understand why vegetarians/vegans want a "milk replacement". The same with "veggie bacon" and stuff like that.
Can't you develop a diet/cuisine that doesn't need ersatz (I knew I'd use that word one day!) versions of what omnivores eat?
Alan C. wrote:... I'm in full agreement, Why do vegitarians have to look for a product (the emphasis here on the word product to replace the things they deny themselves? Why not just go without? If that's what you choose.
I've never understood questions like this. The answer seems so bleedin' obvious. Some people want to replace things that they used to eat and like the taste of but have given up for ethical or other reasons. I never liked milk (and I don't drink tea or coffee), so I've never felt the need to replace it. But I used to like cheese, and bacon, so now and then I buy something that tastes vaguely like them. Cheese and bacon both have strong flavours. Meat is chewy. Sometimes I fancy something strong flavoured, or chewy, or both. What the Sam Hill is wrong with that?Alan H wrote:I've never seen the attraction of veggie bacon: why would I want something to put between two slices of bread to taste of dead pig?
These sorts of analyses are extremely complicated, but in this case I should think it's a foregone conclusion. Since cow's millk has one of the greatest environmental impacts of any foods (along with beef), I'd be willing to bet that even soya milk, which involves very little processing of soya beans, does a lot better, in terms of energy use, land use, water use, greenhouse gas production, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. (Remember, around 90% of soya beans grown worldwide are fed to livestock. In the United States, the figures is 98%.) Oat milk might do better still. Especially in Scotland.Alan C. wrote:We should probably look into the environmental cost of producing a pint of "soya milk" and weigh it up against the equivalent cost of cows milk.