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Over at Slate, the Green Lantern has a quick little answer to the question: Which is better for the environment, soy milk or cow's milk?
It's a potentially loaded question in natural health circles. Soy, originally the wonder food among tofu-eating granolas, has gained a pretty bad rap in the last several years. (If you're curious, just google "soy bad" and you'll get the idea.) I'm pretty torn over it myself. I don't drink a ton of the stuff, as it is definitely highly-processed, far from natural and often genetically modified, but when it comes to the question of what I'll pour into my morning coffee, vanilla soy just seems like the lesser of two evils when compared to the free hormones and antibiotics you're going to get from a glass of cow's milk. When I see parents give their children a nice cold glass of milk, it triggers my gag reflex. Ew. Free drugs! Free growth hormones! And lactose-induced mucus! Mmm.
It's a good quick read if you're on the fence between soy and cow's. I've not really looked into substituting soy products much when I bake, but it's something to check into, for sure.
**Also, if you have time, click over to Green Lantern's discussion of whether being vegan or just veg is better for the environment. He points out - as a meat eater, notice - that making the choice to go veg "has the same effect on carbon dioxide emissions as switching from a Chevrolet Suburban to a Toyota Camry." Wow. That's no small potatoes.
Cows or Beans: Which is the Better Source for Milk? (Slate)