After a few weeks of less-intense Green Changes, it’s time for me to make another change that will impact my life on a daily basis. Instead of regular milk, I will start to drink soy milk with my cereal- which I eat pretty much every day.
Drinking soy milk is good for the environment due to the negative impacts of raising cows. Like I mentioned in my post about eating less meat, cows take a lot of energy to raise. They have to eat and be sheltered plus farms take up space and may pollute. Of course soy bean production also has environmental impacts, and adding calcium and vitamins to soy milk takes energy. But still, eating lower on the food chain (eating a plant product instead of an animal product) is good for the environment. This article found that soy protein is about 13 times more energy-efficient than organic dairy protein.
Soy milk definitely tastes different than regular milk, but it doesn’t taste bad. Even though it doesn’t taste bad, I’m going to continue to drink dairy milk with my other meals. I’ll buy organic dairy milk and organic soy milk.