08 August 2011

'Got the Facts on Milk?' addresses myths and truths about milk

Why do you believe that cow’s milk is good for us? Where did you hear that it is good for us? Is it really healthy? These are all questions that Got the Facts on Milk? presents in interviews with the general public, health professionals (including Dr. T. Colin Campbell), and a representative of the USDA. It comes to no surprise that most of the people say they get their information from the television and advertising campaigns and how they have not conducted their own research into the subject. It is also unsurprising how the USDA took the filmmakers on a wild goose chase when they were trying to track someone down for an interview on nutrition, as that seems to be the case with any documentarian trying to get factual information from the USDA.

The film displays the ignorance of the general public pretty well, but it also shows a few people that have looked into the dairy industry themselves. The film presents the idea that the USDA and dairy industry are lying to the public about the benefits of milk and reveals research that milk is actually the source of many health issues in the United States, such as asthma. But the USDA’s media representative even goes so far as to say that lactose intolerant people should drink milk.

Got the Facts on Milk? is just as entertaining as it is informative. The documentary even includes a dance number! The dancing film crew with happy faces juxtaposed against the aisles of cheese and butter seems incredibly sinister after receiving the information they present throughout the film. Shira Lane and her crew bravely take on the dairy industry, which has its fingers dipped into every aspect of American living, and suggests that you should “Get off the milk.”

The DVD and streaming will be available on August 30th. For more information on the film, please see the website

Kristen McFarland | @MohawkedMaven
Kristen, a vegan from Cincinnati, Ohio, is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer. Follow Kristen on Facebook.

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