When World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 announced red meat a class 1 carcinogen, equal only to cigarettes and asbestos, the question became if we cannot or will not give up meat for ourselves, then surely it's time we stopped feeding it to our children?
Surely most responsible, caring parents would be horrified to know they were actively contributing to their child's risk of developing cancer and other chronic illnesses. If giving children, cigarettes is deemed irresponsible and abusive then surely feeding them the equivalent is?
Shockingly though the message for many still hasn't hit home, and while sales of meat and dairy are steadily declining, it is not commensurate to the overwhelming evidence, anecdotal and clinical, on the adverse effects of feeding your children toxic animal products.
Even the most cursory google search around the subject will provide all the facts and statistics to convince the most recalcitrant to abandon meat and dairy. So why then are people still feeding their children a potent cocktail of carcinogens, antibiotics, puss, growth hormones, uric acid, mercury, cortisol and other delightful ingredients all contained in meat, fish and dairy?
Factors like societal conditioning and familial pressure play a large part. The lies peddled by both the dairy and meat industries have embedded themselves into the fabric of our collective psyche, which for some people is hard to throw off. Thankfully though we are in 2017 and spoilt with a repository of information at our fingertips, to cross-check and analyse for ourselves and surely as parents, we would all want to do this for the well-being of our children? You'd think.
The answer to why we cannot admit to ourselves that our choices are not just morally wrong, but putting our children at risk, is a mixture of cognitive dissonance, laziness and denial.
Milk, we have been told is an excellence source calcium and vitamin D which will strengthen our bones and give us radiant skin and hair. LIE. There is no naturally found Vitamin D present in dairy milk. It is added afterwards in synthesised form. Far from being good for us, dairy triggers gut inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, autism, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine, brain fog, lethargy, grey sallow skin, accelerated ageing and a plethora of other degenerative conditions.
Why? Well, nature intended milk to turn a baby calf into a two-ton cow; it is wholly unintended to benefit the human digestive tract. Aside from the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, the mixture of puss, secretions, hormones and antibiotics is fed into your child's gut where it will ferment a provide a springboard for so many adverse health conditions.
While your child might not develop acne or eczema overnight, you can bet that a dairy manifested allergy will present itself at some point, whether it is skin deep or otherwise. It's not that we're lactose intolerant - we're just not baby cows.
Speaking from personal experience, as a teenager I was constantly told drinking lots of milk would make me tall and strong. What is actually did was cause me acne and headaches to the point I needed to miss time at school, such was my sore skin and migraines. It did not improve until I eliminated every source of dairy from my diet.
There is no vitamin or mineral present is dairy that cannot be found in clean, wholesome sources of foods; from delicious plant milks and cheeses, fortified cereals, tofu, legumes, lentils, seitan, vegetables, quinoa, the list goes on. So why cause suffering to your child and others when you don't have to?
Today we are spoilt for choice with a market saturated with alternatives. Children love colour, and a vegan diet is full of it. But children are led by their parents, so it needs to be fun. There is not one meat-based recipe I have not found a vegan version of, from chilli to paella - the options are plentiful.
The answer to all the adverse health conditions and cruelty involved in the meat and dairy industry is not, as some would counter, the organic versions.
'Organic' 'Humane' 'Welfare Assured' 'RSPCA Approved' are merely marketing falsities which the industry attempts to placate us with, and assuage our guilt so they can keep peddling their lies. It's a multi-billion pound industry, and let me assure you, people's health is their last consideration.
Even a desultory look at the conditions that chickens live in on a so-called 'free-range' farm will reveal just how duplicitous these labels are. Cramped, full of squalor and disease farm animals are anything but well-treated, irrelevant of whatever stamp a supermarket puts on the packet.
The British Advertising Standards Agency recently found in favour of the Go Vegan World to run its 'Human Milk Is A Myth' campaign, recognising the mendacious way the dairy industry works.
When an animal is slaughtered it experiences as you would expect acute terror and pain, releasing both uric acid and cortisol which floods its system. There is no way to remove these highly toxic compounds from the flesh so it must pass from them to us where it sits in our gut, commonly taking a week or sometimes longer to entirely exit the digestive tract. The human digestive system is unsuited to meat, we lack the enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break it down, as true carnivores are able to successfully. Our intestinal tract is also too long, three times longer than carnivores, which explains why meat sits and rots in our system, unlike true carnivores which have far shorter tracts.
Lastly, there is a reason that we take children fruit picking and not to the slaughterhouse; by nature children instinctively want to nurture and care for animals. Wouldn't you want to raise a child that has respect for all life and the environment in which they live? It after all the legacy that they will inherit.
If we were really meant to eat animals, then we would the have the stomach to kill them ourselves, Except we do not. We shield our eyes, and our children's eyes from the horrific reality that we pay someone else to do, so we won't have to.
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