Monday, 26 June 2017

“Just because it’s white”: dairy farmers protest lactose intolerance

Berlin (dpo) - Today, several hundred farmers and their families gathered in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin to protest the wave of lactose intolerance spreading across Germany and the Western world. They are urging the government to finally take effective action against this despicable disgust for a drink which has long been viewed as a pillar of Western culture and society.

There seems to be a deep-rooted resentment towards milk, though. In Germany alone, an estimated 15–20% of the overall population are so lactose intolerant that they react with violent farts, sickness and stomach complaints including diarrhoea and vomiting whenever they are confronted with milk or other dairy products.
White victim of intolerance
As Head of the Federal Association of German Dairy Farmers Franz Sonnleitner puts it: “It’s just sick! These people act as if they are practically allergic to milk!” He is convinced that frequently, milk is faced with particularly high levels of intolerance because it is white. But what is causing this phenomenon? Social Researcher Hanno Wilbur explains: “In most cases, we find lactose intolerance amongst city dwellers who hardly ever come into contact with dairy products in their day-to-day lives. I am quite sure that if they put in the effort to get to know some dairy products, they would soon realise that they are great food products just like many others. They just need to swallow their pride.”
The Federal Association of German Dairy Farmers is demanding that the government take measures at once. In areas with large South East Asian populations, a community believed to be particularly lactose intolerant, so-called ‘dairy workers’ could be introduced. They would be able to educate children that no kind of intolerance is ever a good idea. Furthermore, ill-considered insults such as ʻmilksop’, ʻstupid cow’ and ‘cheesey’ are to be condemned.
ssi; picture above: rs-Foto, CC BY 2.0, picture on the right: © Marius Graf - Fotolia.com
Read the German version HERE.
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