Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Dairy Ethics

  • Julia Lapp
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_537-1



The English word “dairy” is derived from the Old English daege “kneader of bread” and middle English deierie “place for treating milk,” and daye “female servant” (Hoad 1996). According to Merriam -Webster’s Concise Dictionary, the term “dairy” is defined as “a farm that produces milk, a place where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made” or “a company that sells milk and foods made from milk (such as butter and cheese).” Hence, the term has mixed connotations of location for production of milk and milk products, as well as emphasizing the primary role that women historically played in dairy work as “dairy maids,” cheese and butter makers (Valenze 2011). The contemporary use of the word generally does not include human milk but is limited to milk produced by Artiodactyla order, mostly Bovidaefamily animals (goats, sheep, cows, buffalo, yaks) that are produced for consumption by...


Milk Consumption Food Animal Production Dairy Consumption Lactase Persistence Dairy Animal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health Promotion and Physical EducationIthaca CollegeIthacaUSA