6 April 2017: Now what is happening to the UK dairy industry?


Issues in our milk and dairy industry have been covered by this blog for some time. I am now dismayed to read an article by Daisy Buchanan who writes about recent growth in nut and plant-based milks amongst young people. These cost five times as much as dairy milk. She notes that ‘46% of 16- to 24-year-olds now believe they are allergic to cow’s milk compared to 8% of people aged over 75.’ But concludes that this ‘milk-free trend isn’t making us healthier or happier.’ (A 200ml glass of milk gives calcium, protein, iodine, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins B2 and B12). I also ask what does this do to our struggling dairy industry?