Hi Steven,

Thanks for reading my article on objectivity! I knew it was a matter of time before someone took me up on my offer to challenge me. Regarding the question of resource intensiveness, while my link was to Emily’s page, the actual data she used were from this report, which I read and felt comfortable with. https://research.utwente.nl/en/publications/the-green-blue-and-grey-water-footprint-of-farm-animals-and-anima

I apologize if I left the impression that these numbers were perfect. These figures are indeed just estimates. However, the differences between dairy milk and all other milks are so staggering that I can’t imagine the overall conclusion would be any different depending on the assumptions you use to calculate your numbers. If you have a different report that you believe is more reliable, please share it! I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in environmental footprint. I merely looked for the a study that appeared to be from an impartial organization —in this case, the Faculty of Engineering Technology at University of Twente.

I honestly haven’t given much thought to use of the term milk. Thanks for the nudge to do just this.

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