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Animal Justice Project response to “Using animals in biomedical research: why education holds the key” (Times Higher Education, 13 June 2018)

On 3 June 2018, an article on the new curriculum for taught masters and undergraduates which “aims to improve the knowledge base of in vivo experiments” was written. Read the article HERE.

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Do Children Really Need Milk?

It is generally believed that children need cow’s milk in order to grow, calcium for ‘stronger bones’ and all that. However research has actually shown that not only is cow’s milk not needed, but it can be harmful to human health.

One study, with over 200,000 participants found a number of downsides to milk consumption.

Participants who consumed milk had higher rates of heart disease, cancer and even death. The American Heart Association and the World Heart Association point to saturated fat which is abundant in dairy products, as a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.

Despite all of this, US dietary guidelines specifically recommend the consumption of dairy. Similarly to this, NHS guidelines indicate that children should drink a minimum of 350ml of milk daily. The main reasons they use to justify this are the fat, protein and vitamins present in dairy.

Other ways to get calcium in your diet include whole grains, blackstrap molasses, figs, nuts, seeds, tofu, sea vegetables, fortified plant milk, kale, broccoli, collard greens.

Other ways to get healthy fats in your diet can include nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, and – according to some sources – plant based oils.  

Raise Vegan provides extensive information on the dietary needs of toddlers – most of which can be easily accommodated on a whole-foods plant-based diet. 

 

 

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