Sustainability at Vegan Stokes Cheese
You don't have to choose between good food and good ethics
Whether you are vegan, dairy intolerant, environmentally conscious or just want a healthy alternative, all of our cheeses are dairy free, so they are good for you, good for the planet and 100% cruelty-free.
Ethics and sustainability are the cornerstone of our business.
For the Animals
Behind every dairy product is cruelty and exploitation. But you can rest assured no animals are harmed in the making of our cheese.
Like all mammals, cows only produce milk when they are pregnant or nursing. In order to gain maximum profit, the dairy industry keeps cows in a constant state of pregnancy and lactation. Newborn calves are taken from their mothers soon after birth, so their milk can be sold for profit.
Cows are intelligent and friendly animals who can form deep bonds with other cows and human caregivers. Mother cows are known to cry out for their babies when they are taken.
The life expectancy of a cow raised for dairy is 5 years - a far cry from her natural lifespan of 25 years.
When you choose Vegan Stokes Cheese you are choosing compassion over cruelty.
For Our Planet
It turns out the white stuff isn't all that green. The dairy industry is responsible for an enormous amount of environmental damage resulting from the land and energy required to produce cattle feed, fresh water use, methane gases, and excrement.
Methane is an extremely troubling green house gas - in fact, it traps 100 times more heat into the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. A fracking well contributes 1/10th the amount of methane that a single dairy farm produces, everyday.
The global water footprint of animal agriculture is 2,422 billion cubic meters of water, that's 1/4th of the total global water footprint. The dairy industry is responsible for 19% of this water use. Water is required for cleaning facilities, hydrating cows and growing their food.
The animal agriculture industry as a whole has been linked to climate change, ocean dead zones, the depletion of fisheries, species extinction and deforestation. Our demand for and reliance on animal products is hurting our planet.
When you choose Vegan Stokes Cheese you are choosing sustainability over destruction.
For Your Health
In addition to it's impact on the animals and our planet, dairy consumption has been linked to osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalances and more.
Dairy products are high in harmful saturated fat, while being devoid of health-promoting antioxidants and fiber.
Dairy products, including dairy cheese, also contain cholesterol, trans fats, endotoxins, Neu5Gc, choline, hormones and industrial toxins.
But what about strong, healthy bones? The calcium you need to maintain bone health is readily available in leafy greens and legumes. Studies show those who consume higher amounts of dairy actually have higher amounts of hip fractures and osteoporosis. In fact, women who drink 3 or more glasses of cow's milk per day have a 60% increased risk of developing a hip fracture. This is because animal products tend to leech calcium from your bones, while plant foods do not.
For each glass of cow's milk you drink, you increase your chance of death from all causes by 15%.
When you choose Vegan Stokes Cheese you are choosing life over death.