The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions.
But is it true? And is almond milk bad for the environment?
Why Are People Drinking Almond Milk
Unless you’ve been hiding out somewhere, you won’t have missed the huge change in people’s eating habits and, in particular, the shift to a plant-based diet for millions.
This has led to people turning away from cow’s milk, which is clearly not plant-based, for substitutes such as cashew milk or oat milk brands or even almond milk.
Of course, none of these things are actually “milk” which is a fatty liquid produced by the mammary glands of most mammals but they’re close enough and that’s a good thing, right?
So, Is Almond Milk Bad For Mother Earth?
Almond milk may taste great but no matter how good it tastes, we can’t wash away the unfortunate truth.
Yes. Almond milk is bad for the environment.
Well, it’s because growing almonds is not very water efficient, in fact, almost production means huge amounts of water consumption and, in turn, “droughting effects” after production has ceased.
And if you’re drinking almond milk somewhere that almonds don’t grow naturally, it’s even worse.
That’s because transporting almonds to make milk (a process which isn’t super efficient) means running up lots of unlovely emissions into the atmosphere.
In fact, it’s fair to say that almond milk may be even more harmful to the planet than cow’s milk when it comes to its impact on the water table, though it’s better for the planet when we compare emission generations.
Final Thoughts On Is Almond Milk Bad For The Environment
No-one is a bad person for drinking almond milk.
Sure, almond milk is bad for the environment but you know now and you can seek out more sustainable alternatives.
Going plant-based is a constant learning curve, we’re none of us perfect but we’re all trying to be better and that’s the important thing, right?
Nicholas Barang has lived in Asia for nearly 15 years. He makes his living as a writer, marketer, and blogger. His passions include photography, reading and Heavy Metal. He’s the co-founder of Nomad Talk.
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