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Almond Milk is Not Milk

Letters to the Editor


February 13, 2020

To the Editor:

Artificial milk (almond juice) is not good for the environment.

According to Cranfield University (U.K.), to produce almond juice (so-called milk) it takes "blue water" to produce the fake stuff.

Blue water is water collected for human consumption and agriculture applications such as irrigation.

"Green water" is naturally occurring rain water that gets used by plants and trees.

A study done by professors from Cranfield University demonstrated the amount of water needed to produce dairy milk versus almond drink.

To produce the almond stuff it takes 170 gallons of water to create 1 gallon. It takes only 8 gallons of water to create 1 gallon of real milk.

What is alarming is that the areas growing most of the almonds are often in water shortages.

Another thing to consider is that the so-called "healthy alternative" often contains less than two percent almonds and is mostly water with some added vitamins, minerals, sweeteners and thickening agents. It is therefore a poorly designed product.

Consider one or two almonds blended in gelatine, vitamins, artificial flavors, white powder and the rest of the cup filled with water, then try to call it milk.

Paul H Rissler

New Enterprise


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