Congress Debating Whether Almond Milk Is Really Milk

Congress Debating Whether Almond Milk Is Really Milk
Congress Debating Whether Almond Milk Is Really Milk

The bill's name is an acronym for "defending against imitations and replacements of yogurt, milk, and cheese to promote regular intake of dairy every day." (It's not the greatest acronym, though, given that "milk," "cheese," and "day" are left out of it.) Its proponents are worried that the dairy industry is losing customers to people who are misled by dairy alternatives' marketing.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont, both Democrats, introduced it back in January, Buzzfeed reports.
"Dairy farmers in Wisconsin work tirelessly every day to ensure that their milk meets high standards for nutritional value and quality," Baldwin said in a press release. "Imitation products have gotten away with using dairy’s good name for their own benefit, which is against the law and must be enforced. Mislabeling of plant-based products as ‘milk’ hurts our dairy farmers. That’s why I’ve authored the DAIRY PRIDE Act to take a stand for Wisconsin farmers and the quality products they make."

The politicians didn't get this from nowhere. Farmers themselves have been complaining about competition with dairy alternatives. "While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, the increasingly common practice of labeling beverages as milk when they quite obviously are not is wrong and misleading," dairy farmer Brad Nevin said in the press release.

Refinery

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks