Dairy farming is a major contributor to global carbon emissions and to greenhouse gas emissions of all kinds, but this has rarely been quantified, and there is often no way of knowing whether its emissions are in fact the source of that emissions.
So in this article we want to know whether the emissions from dairy farming are responsible for the increased risk of autism and other conditions associated with the disease.
Our research is based on a survey of more than 9,500 people in more than 60 countries and shows that, in the last five years, dairy farming has become increasingly associated with autism in some countries.
In countries where dairy farming is widespread, dairy farmers are much more likely to be dairy farmers, and more likely than non-farmers to have dairy farm animals.
What are the implications for our society?
Our research also suggests that dairy farming may be a cause of increased risk for autism, as well as increased risks of other conditions.
For example, in countries where milk production is widespread (e.g. the UK, Australia and New Zealand), dairy farmers have a much higher rate of being diagnosed with autism than nonfarmers.
And in countries that do not have dairy farming, more people are diagnosed with a range of conditions.
What we don’t know What we do know is that, since we began our research in 2013, we have been following more than 3,000 people in the UK who were either diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or who had a family member or friend who did.
We know that autism is very different from the conditions associated by many people with other developmental disorders.
It is possible that autism could be a genetic condition that emerges over time.
But we also know that there are significant variations in genetic susceptibility, and that this variation is linked to other environmental and social factors.
Our study does not say anything about how these genetic differences might influence autism.
We also don’t have data on the extent to which dairy farming in the United Kingdom affects the rates of autism in children.
And, as mentioned above, the question of causation has not been definitively answered.
However, we can say with confidence that dairy farms are associated with increased risk.
What does this mean for the health of dairy farmers?
The question of whether dairy farming contributes to the risk of autistic conditions is very controversial.
In particular, there is a lot of evidence suggesting that dairy farmers and their workers are at greater risk for the diseases of milk, eggs and poultry that are associated in part with dairy farming.
However the evidence that dairy is a cause for autism does not always line up with this research.
This is particularly so in the cases of autism that are linked to the production of certain hormones in dairy cows.
For instance, milk produced by the dairy industry is not only high in IGF-1, but it also contains high levels of another hormone that can lead to the development of autism.
There is also evidence that some dairy products may have other chemicals in them that could increase risk for other conditions, such as autism.
For these reasons, our findings on dairy farming do not necessarily mean that dairy products are not a cause-and-effect relationship.
Dairy farming may have a role in autism but the research so far shows that there is more work to be done.
For dairy farmers to continue to thrive, it is vital to understand how dairy farming affects their ability to produce dairy and their ability for their workers to produce milk.
In the meantime, it might be a good idea to check on the quality of milk produced in your local dairy farm, and look for a cow that has been treated with an anti-bacterial cream.
It’s also a good way to look at the risk factors for autism and its co-occurring conditions.
It might be worth looking at a range a more detailed look at how dairy products and the way they are produced affect your health, and also the risk for specific conditions like autism.
Finally, if you have any questions about this research, or have any other feedback about our findings, please feel free to contact us on email, or by phone.
References: The Independent Dairy Farmers Association (IDFA) has published an update on their Autism and Dairy Farming: A Fact Sheet on dairy and Autism, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation of Dairy Farmers (FDA).
The Dairy Farmers’ Alliance has published a statement on the autism and dairy industry in the Dairy Farmers Journal.
A report by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care is also available here.
This research was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Leeds.
The authors thank the members of the IDFA who have participated in this study and the members who have written on dairy in this journal.
Additional support for this research was provided by the National Institute for Health Research Research and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research Centre (ADRC) at the University Hospital Bristol. This work