An eager reader says, hey, Robb and Rock Arnold! Why sell your family’s farm land to a corporate factory dairy and have to rewrite your dead dad’s view on the sacredness of land when you could respect your dad, keep your land, and grow crops that would get you in on the future of dairy, plant-based milk?
Plant-based milks, a multibillion-dollar global market, aren’t just good for the lactose intolerant: They’re also better for the climate. Dairy cows belch a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide; they contribute at least 7 percent of US methane output, the equivalent emissions of 10 million cars. Cattle need a lot of room to graze, too: Plant-based milks use about a tenth as much land to produce the same quantity of milk. And it takes almost a thousand gallons of water to manufacture a gallon of dairy milk—four times the water cost of alt-milk from oats or soy [Julia Métraux, “Plant Milk Is Better for Us and the Climate. So Why Do We Subsidize Dairy?” Mother Jones, Nov/Dec 2023].
More milk from fewer inputs with less pollution—sounds like a great business opportunity to me! Instead of glutting the market with a product that results in lots of poop and greenhouse gases (not to mention makes our man lactose-intolerant friends feel ooky), why not direct our land use, not to mention crop subsidies, economic development handouts, and other socialist interventions in the far-from-free market, in cleaner, healthier plant milk?
Robb! Rock! Think outside South Dakota’s CAFO box! Help lead our state to a new market niche—plant some oats and make some milk!