The history of ahimsa milk foundation
The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation is a not-for-profit company that was set up to provide entirely slaughter-free milk. Till recently, we piloted our model and worked in partnership with an organic dairy and environmental charity in Kent called Commonwork, and with OMSco – the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative. The inspiration behind the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation comes from the farm at Bhaktivedanta Manor, which is run by the Hare Krishna community and remains a unique experiment into what happens when dairy cows and their offspring are allowed to live productive lives instead of being exploited and sacrificed in the name of cheap milk.
No parent would like to see their children suffer. So why should we let cows and their calves suffer to feed our children industrialised milk, when there is a much better, healthier and more compassionate alternative?
No cow, calf or bull in our herd will ever be killed and they are allowed to live out their lives in their entirety. Cows will be retired to sanctuaries when they are too old to milk and we are looking at a variety of ways of working with bulls. These range from ploughing the land to producing electricity and milling flour.
At present our girls, who all have names, produce 23,000 of litres of milk a year. We distribute to the door in North West London and parts of Hertfordshire. However, we have drop-off points in other areas of London and the South-East and have plans to distribute nationally in the future.
Our mission is to make slaughter-free milk a reality and establish sustainable dairy farms in Britain, which give people a real ethical choice.