You might not realize it, but changing attitudes toward the environment, health and animal welfare have turned the alternative-milks market into a multibillion-dollar industry that might be beginning to challenge the dairy industry. Young people no longer see milk as a fount of health, preferring alternatives like nut or plant milks. Milk, they might say, is food for baby cows, not for humans. This informative article from Oliver Franklin-Wallis is a good read for anyone interested in how changing social attitudes can be as disruptive as technological change – or for those baffled by the recent transformation of the dairy aisle.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the dairy aisle – and feelings about the dairy industry – have transformed in recent years,
- Why social media influencers promote plant milks rather than dairy, and
- What the future of the plant-milk and dairy industries might be.
About the Author
Oliver Franklin-Wallis is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, British GQ, Wired and The Sunday Times, among others. He’s also a contributing editor at Wired UK.