October 4, 2018

Soy, Almond, Oat Milks: Are They Udder Bull?

by Science Vs

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Moooove over, dairy milk: the alternative milk craze is here. But are they more than just a frothy fad? To find out which is best for the planet, we speak to environmental researcher Joseph Poore.

Check out the transcript right here: http://bit.ly/2P3H6c9

Selected references: 

  • Joseph’s study which has a comparison of soy and dairy milk, and his database which includes all his raw data and references 
  • Systematic review of greenhouse gases for different foods and drinks (see table 9 for milks)
  • Lots of studies here on the water footprint of different crops and animal products
  • A report comparing the environmental impacts of almond, oat, rice, soy and dairy milks


This episode was produced by Meryl Horn with help from Wendy Zukerman, along with Rose Rimler and Odelia Rubin. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. For this episode we also spoke to Adrian Williams, Niels Jungbluth, Frank Mitloehner, and Adam Drewnowski.