Almond, cashew, soy, and rice, there are many alternatives to the dairy milk that comes from cows, but local dairy farmers are asking the FDA to call these products what they are.
“There’s nothing milk about them. There not a lactide secretion from a mammal that’s had at least one baby. They don’t fit the definition of milk”
Richard Nelson of Nelson Farm owns 2,000 milking cow which produce around 135,000 pounds of milk a day.
He says this is an issue that has been on the rise for many years as these alternatives have grown in popularity.
“Plant-based beverages are plant-based beverages,” said Nelson.
In Washington The Dairy Pride Act was introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin in 2017 and stated quote “The labeling of plant-based alternatives as “milk” conveys a nutritional equivalency that is not accurate.”
But the FDA has done little to change the mislabeling until now.
In a recent live feed on the website Politico, the FDA commissioner said milk should come from lactating animals.
In a statement Vermont’s Senior Senator Patrick Leahy said “The FDA finally is taking steps to outline changes to its standards of identity policies for milk, and that’s welcome news for Vermont dairy farmers. Sellers of non-dairy beverages should not be exploiting the positive reputation associated with wholesome milk.”
And for dairy farmers it’s not just about the product, it’s about helping the struggling industry.