On Tuesday, the impressively credentialed Dr. Robert P. Heaney gave Congressional testimony on the (surprisingly) controversial issue of milk in school lunches. He outlined the nutritional benefits of milk, but took a moment to note that the “scientifically groundless” arguments against milk almost always originate with organizations whose interest is not human health at all:
I think it is useful to recognize the origin of the anti-milk campaign — and it is literally a campaign. If one checks carefully, one finds that behind most of the stories is an organization called the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its sister organization, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). These are animal rights organizations that oppose the use of any animal product — leather, fur, meat, or milk. [When the federal government was reviewing its] Dietary Guidelines for Americans, PCRM shamelessly played the race card, alleging that African Americans could not digest milk because of lactose intolerance. The facts are that people of all races are able to consume, digest, and benefit from milk without difficulty.