Bad weather means milk gets dumped into waterways
We don’t need another reason to despise milk production, but here it is.
Newshub reports that flood-affected roads means Waikato dairy farmers are having trouble getting their tankers through to collect their milk. This is leading to issues of storage and the need for disposal of overflowing product, namely tossing it down the drain.
The Waikato Regional Council is urging farmers to be “considerate” when dumping milk, as milk is hugely destructive for aquatic life. “We do not want milk entering any waterways,” the council’s farming services leader Stuart Stone told Newshub. “Any discharge of milk into the waterways has the effect of depletion of oxygen, which is going to kill all river and stream life.” Of course vegans will find this laughable, as farmers who aren’t concerned for cows likely aren’t concerned for aquatic life. With spreading it over farmland as the other routine option, we’re not surprised many take the easy, more destructive way out.
Milk dumping is not reserved to bad weather either and is an industry standard when surplus is overloaded for any reason. This isn’t a carton going bad in your fridge and tossing the chunky contents down the drain, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of pounds of milk being thrown out. No matter how it’s disposed, the breeding, rape, separation from calves, and eventual slaughter of dairy cows is to produce discarded product. The best case scenario is that fish aren’t killed, too.