Mark Bittman examines the relationship humans have with drinking cow’s milk.
Most humans never tasted fresh milk from any source other than their mother for almost all of human history, and fresh cow’s milk could not be routinely available to urbanites without industrial production. The federal government not only supports the milk industry by spending more money on dairy than any other item in the school lunch program, but by contributing free propaganda as well as subsidies amounting to well over $4 billion in the last 10 years.
There’s nothing un-American about re-evaluating those commitments with an eye toward sensibility.
I can’t remember the last time I had a glass of milk. I gave it up in high school because of my lactose intolerance and haven’t thought twice about it since. Yes, I still eat yogurt and cheese.