By Rebecca Carter, Co-Founder of Ecorazzi.com and†Healthy Living Guest Blogger
It took me a long time to understand that dairy cows are, well, female. For some reason I just never made the connection. It took me even longer to understand that cows donít make milk.
This all occurred one evening as I was nursing my youngest son. Suddenly, I understood that a cowís milk is breast milk for her baby, just as the milk I make is for my own.
I became a vegetarian 14 years ago because of my compassion for the animals. Because of this, learning about the dairy industry practices was enough to make me say goodbye to milk, probably forever.
But putting aside my empathy, I have to wonder: Does it make any sense that we are drinking breast milk from an animal?
I can imagine how repulsed my friends would be if I offered them even a drop of my breast milk for their coffee. Ironic, because it seems to me that it is more ridiculous to be pushing aside a calf to drink some of his motherís milk — milk designed to grow a massive bovine.
So after more than a decade of vegetarianism, I have shifted to a mostly vegan diet. Going vegan doesnít surprise me. I think I always knew this was on my horizon; the surprise is that it took me this long.