Reading Time: < 1 minute Almond milk is'disastrous for the environment', the Countryfile presenter says Credit: Instagram
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A prime-time BBC One presenter is hitting back at plant milks and claims they are ‘disastrous for the environment.

And rather, Adam Henson suggests, people should choose locally produced dairy instead and stray away from imported products ‘with a high environmental footprint’.

BBC presenter

Henson, who presents BBC One’s Countryfile, penned a piece in Radio Times. The weekly program covers British agricultural topics. 

In the article, The Telegraph reports, he said: “If you’re drinking soya milk, that might have come from South America and caused deforestation, the destruction of species, the displacement of indigenous people.”

Moreover, both avocados and almond milk are ‘disastrous for the environment’, he asserts. As a result, people concerned about the environment should choose cow’s milk instead, he added.

Farmers are ‘doing a lot’ to fight climate change

He also said on local farms, cows are ‘wonderfully looked after and the family contributes to the local society and economy’.

The 50-year-old is also a farmer and stuck up for the industry, saying it’s ‘doing a lot’ in regards to climate change.

‘It’s about understanding where your food comes from. And, making informed choices, not having a knee-jerk reaction because you’ve read something on social media’, he adds.

Animal agriculture

Despite Henson’s claims, animal agriculture is responsible for almost 90 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

And, it is the meat industry that is fuelling deforestation, according to reports. 

For example, around 80 percent of global soy production is used as feed for livestock.

This is especially to produce beef, chicken, and dairy. According to WWF, this is driving deforestation, especially in the Amazon Rainforest.

It comes as it was revealed this week that the Amazon is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, with catastrophic consequences for the planet.

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.