Senator Baldwin's Dairy Pride Act is founded upon two arguments: that plant-based dairy products have different nutritional value than animal-based dairy products, and that these plant-based dairy products wrongly use the words "milk," "cheese," "yogurt" and other dairy terms to describe themselves.
No argument can be made that plant-based dairy products have a different nutritional value, for indeed in all respects they are SUPERIOR to animal-based dairy products: the quality and quantity of protein, vitamins and minerals, when combined with the quality and quantity of cholesterol and fat are highly suited to the present needs of the public health crises of obesity, heart disease and malnutrition. And, that plant-based dairy is distinctly different in its effect upon the natural resources, as well as the agricultural and financial independence of this great nation apparently needs no mention - either by Senator Baldwin, or any other.
However, Senator Baldwin's other position is purely pernicious piffle; her desire to protect animal dairy producers blinds her to the superior claims plant-based dairy products have to the marketing terms she would deprive them of.
"Dairy" is an Old-English word which describes the making of cheese and butter. But plant-based dairy products were first invented in China, when the production of Doufu (also spelled "Tofu") resulted in a soy "milk" (Doujaing: Bean beverage/liquid/drink) and neither were referenced using English words. Jaing is a word that does not describe the emissions of a mammary gland because in Chinese, "milk" has a connotation of the act of suckling. This is similar to how the English word "milk" did not originally mean "mammary emissions." Milk comes from the Gothic term for the actions required for inducing the milk. Similarly, "butter" has not ever exclusively meant "purified animal fat," rather it means "to spread upon." When Peanut Butter was invented in America by Dr. Washington Carver, he chose the word to describe the use for his new product. Tofu, made by coagulating the soy milk is just as rightly described as "cheese;" for the coagulating process is identical in animal-cheeses. Whether made from mammary emissions or plants, the end product is correctly described as "dairy."
Milk has in modern times generally been used to describe many nutritious foods, in the context of "mother's milk." But modern medical science gives reason to question whether this sense "milk" may be applied to animal-dairy.
We cannot fault the lactose intolerant and others for giving up the childish practice of drinking animal-milk. Indeed, it must be argued we should all similarly give up our childish ways if we are to survive into old age. The International Dairy Foods Association not least among us. They should give up this childish bickering and strive to provide the demands of the increasingly educated and nutrition-savvy consumer, rather than spend their dying dime purchasing the vote and voice of scoundrels like Senator Baldwin.
The study of Yoga requires right diet, and plant-milks are an essential component of that practice.