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‘Soy Milk’ Terminology Has FDA, USDA at Odds

If you’ve ever wondered why drinks made with things like soy or other nondairy products could be called “milk,” don’t feel alone. U.S. dairy farmers are wondering the same thing, and want regulators to banish the term “soy milk.” As reported by The Journal Gazette, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is eager to call only the stuff that comes from cows, milk. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “fervently” wants to keep the term soy, mainly for soy marketing purposes.

It’s not surprising the USDA wants to muscle its way into another agency’s job, especially when it comes to protecting the marketing of soy. Historically, the USDA has taken the side of agriculture, supporting chemical and energy-intensive farming that ultimately depletes the Earth of healthy soils and resources.

Since its inception, the USDA has been granted powers by both Congress and presidential executive orders that have made it the policy-setter for both agricultural policies and nutritional guidelines — a move that has failed miserably. USDA policies have been heavily influenced by the ag industry, and for the last 100 years, its nutrition guidelines have been a direct result of an effort to boost farm economics. As a result, its agricultural subsidies are in large part responsible for promoting and worsening the U.S. obesity epidemic.

No matter that there’s a big difference between a liquid squeezed out of a genetically-engineered (GE) plant that’s been sprayed with pesticides and the wholesome milk that comes from a pasture-raised, free-ranging cow. To the USDA, it’s all about selling soy.

The USDA is also responsible for the disastrous decision to allow algae-based DHA oil to be added to organic milk brands — a decision that decimates the term “organic” milk. This is why it’s up to you to take control of your own diet with smart purchases. If you're going to drink milk, consider switching to raw, grass fed milk if you can get it. and can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and can provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws — and I promise nothing they recommend with include something that comes from a plant.
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