As the fiscal cliff looms in our not-so-distant future, there’s another cliff some people are very concerned about: the milk cliff. The dairy industry is claiming if Congress doesnâ€™t approve a new farm bill by January 1, milk prices could double and send us into a so-called â€śmilk cliff.â€ť Actually though, this could be the best thing that ever happened to our health.
Currently the average gallon of milk costs $3.65, but the dairy industry is warning us if the farm bill is not approved, it could send the price of milk to $6-$8 a gallon, as The Economist explains:
If there is no farm bill by the start of the next agricultural year, the governmentâ€™s price-support scheme will automatically revert to what it was in 1949. Most crops have until the spring or summer, but the deadline for milk and other dairy products comes at the end of December. Applying the old formulas today would require the federal government to buy up enough milk to establish a minimum wholesale price more than double its current level, and, later on, enough wheat to raise its price by 67%.
But would that really be such a bad thing? Not necessarily, if you look at the fact that dairy is so harmful to our health, according to some.
The China Study’s author T. Colin Campbell, PhD. says cow’s milk is just plain bad for your body. It’s been linked to autoimmune diseases, Type 1 diabetes and even cancer. In fact, in several peer-reviewed animal studies, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cowâ€™s milk. In addition, it’s likely not a coincidence that cow’s milk is the number one cause of allergies among infants and children, and a whopping 33% of Americans are lactose intolerant, meaning our bodies can’t digest it properly because it’s not meant to be there in the first place.
On top of that, milk is jacked up with all sorts of hormones and antibiotics these days. Consider this: The average cow in 1970 produced 9,700 pounds of milk. Today, that number has nearly doubled to 19,000 pounds. How does that happen? With growth steroids. Things that eventually end up in our bodies and wreak havoc on our health.
So would it be such a bad thing if milk prices soared and Americans were forced to cut back on their consumption? In looking at our health, definitely not.