Responding to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s appeal to switch to producing vegan milk, Managing Director of Amul RS Sodhi on Saturday asked who will provide employment to 10 crore farmers who depend on the cooperative dairy sector for their livelihood.
RS Sodhi said, “PETA wants Amul to snatch livelihood of 100 million poor farmers and handover it’s all resources built in 75 years with farmers’ money to market genetically modified soya of rich MNC at exorbitant prices, which average lower middle class can’t afford.”
PETA India had urged Indian dairy cooperative society Amul to take a decision regarding switching to producing vegan milk. PETA wrote a letter to RS Sodhi which said, “the dairy cooperative society should benefit from the booming vegan food and milk market.”
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PETA added that, “We would again like to encourage Amul to benefit from the booming vegan food and milk market, instead of wasting resources trying to fight the demand for plant-based products that is only growing. Other companies are responding to market changes, and Amul can too.”
Responding to the suggestion, RS Lodhi questioned that with the vegan milk priced exorbitantly, how many in the country can afford the “expensive lab-manufactured food made out of chemicals..and synthetic vitamins.”