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Dairy bosses believe people are turning away from cow’s milk because of social media influencers.

Data from research carried for the National Dairy Council [NDC] last year shows that 41 percent of Irish women and 30 percent of men are limiting or avoiding dairy.

One in 10 believe cow’s milk is unhealthy.

‘Concern’

According to a spokesperson for the NDC: “We have been aware for some time there was a generation of Irish people avoiding or limiting dairy in their diet, and this was of key concern for us as the current generation will be the future parents,.

“It is a concern that 10 percent of the population perceive dairy as unhealthy.”

According to the organization, the amount of time millennials spend online means the message social media ‘influencers’ can have is immensely powerful.

The NDC spokesperson said: “They will believe a beauty influencer with 100,000 followers.”

Social media

The British dairy industry is currently running social media campaign in order to promote its own product.

‘Februdairy’ – launched in responses to the phenomenally successful Veganuary initiative (which encourages people to try a vegan diet throughout January) – is an attempt by dairy farmers to ‘bust the myths’ spread by vegans about the dairy industry.

At the time of writing, the Februdairy hashtag has been hijacked by vegans, with only two of the top 20 tweets pro-dairy.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.