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What about the job losses if people quit consuming dairy?

People will still drink and eat; they’ll just buy products from farmers who grow nondairy products. Job losses in one farming sector will result in job gains in another farming sector.

In fact, dairy’s huge government subsidies unfairly penalize some farmers who compete with dairy, and when the dairy industry shrinks to the point where it no longer has the political power to keep getting those subsidies, it will be a boon to other farmers.

The dairy business won’t stop overnight. It will gradually decline as demand drops and alternatives keep getting better, more diverse, and more widely available. Many sectors of the economy expand and shrink as demand changes, and job-seekers have some responsibility to educate themselves on the job security risks of the fields they are considering entering.

Current demand for dairy is artificially high because of large government subsidies. As demand drops, the dairy industry will eventually lose those subsidies, which will likely speed up the decline of dairy as well as the market share of nondairy alternatives. People considering going into farming and those who are in the farming business should anticpate these long-term trends, and, unless they’re near retirement, in which case almost none of this matters, they have plenty of time to transition away from dairy and into the nondairy products that are taking up more and more space in the dairy departments of grocery stores throughout the Western world.

In short, a shift away from dairy will likely mean more jobs and fairer competition.

Doesn’t dairy help feed the world?

Notwithstanding the fact that a majority of the world is lactose-intolerant, a growing number of organizations, including the United Nations, that are studying food production and the environment strongly warn that one of our top priorities shoud be to reduce our consumption of animal products, so that we can feed an ever-increasing human population and preserve the world’s ecosystems.

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