Do you ever lose sleep thinking that your almond, soy or coconut milk is sourced from plants that are not given the rights and the freedom they deserve?
Fortunately, you can now pick up macadamia nut milk from so-called "free range trees" shipped out from Australia.
Milkadamia, a Chicago-based company, is rapidly growing and expects to see their products sold in Walmart in January, notes Quartz. Over the last two years, the business has expanded to sell the "free range" plant milk in more than 5,000 stores.
The company markets their product as one for an era when "milk is moot," which CEO Jim Richards said is a harmless jab at dairy milk's ever-decreasing sales.
"It's not an attack on milk," Richards told Quartz. "We thought it was a very slightly humorous way of saying that we're non-dairy. We wanted to say that non-aggressively."
Milkadamia also brags on its cartons that the company only uses "trees supporting life, not trees on life support," which Quartz notes is a dig at almond farms, the suppliers of one of Milkadamia's top rival milks.
The almond trees in question are typically hooked up to aquifer irrigation systems, which Richards is very much against.
"The only way those trees are kept alive is from water that's being pumped from under the ground to them," Richards explained. "When you take water out of an underground aquifer, it will never fill up again. It's a national treasure, it shouldn't be used like that."
According to Millkadamia's website, their macadamia nut farmers in eastern Australia work to keep the soil in the same shape that they find it and ensure that their drinks remain free of dairy, soy, gluten and GMOs.
"Life has become a knowledge quest for creative ways to minimize human intervention and leave the earth do what she knows best -- some call it 'low impact, low energy' farming, we like the thought of gentle farming too," reads a portion of the website.
"Whatever the name, it is such an exciting journey, we are amazed with what we are learning and thrilled to find ourselves a small part of a new wave of farming communities who are bent on creating a more sustainable, abundant future for our planet."
I might have to try some of this stuff. Maybe I'll pick some up the next time I buy some gluten-free water.