Video: Is almond milk vegan? What about bees?
More on this week’s burning question: is almond milk vegan? I made a video this morning to go with Monday’s blog post on almonds and the environment.
The video is packed with new research, and will leave you with plenty of ammunition for anyone who criticizes you for drinking almond milk. So grab a glass of your favourite dairy free beverage and enjoy:
This video definitely vindicates almond milk. If you eat a lot of almonds, I wouldn’t really worry about it, unless they represent a major part of your diet. In which case, you probably have other problems.
(I don’t know about you, but I can’t eat that many almonds anyway. For some reason I love them, but they don’t love me – especially if I overdo it!)
People seem to have really enjoyed this video so far. I like making this kind of video because I love doing research. But I’m never sure if it bores people. Thankfully, at least in this case, it seems to have kept people’s interest.
I’m actually considering doing a post on cashews as well. I don’t know if you have heard about this yet, but there’s a bit of a controversy going on over the danger to workers who process cashews. Spoiler alert: my preliminary research reveals that cheap cashews aren’t processed by hand, so they aren’t hurting anyone – it’s the “fancy” ones that are the problem.
I think these stories are only going to become more common as dairy alternatives go mainstream. I honestly think the dairy industry is beginning to feel the threat from plant-based products. If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that almond milk is such a big seller, in spite of lacking hefty dairy subsidies!
Vegan products aren’t automatically superior, but it makes sense to reserve judgement until you’ve had a chance to do get a second opinion. And I think it makes sense to grant plant foods “innocent until proven guilty” status. After all, they emit oxygen and capture carbon – unlike animals, which emit methane along with a number of other unmentionables!
Thanks for watching,