Oats For Vegan Milk

This farmer wants to move toward arable farming (Photo: Adam Arnesson Twitter)

Swedish Farmer Is Turning Away From Dairy - To Grow Oats For Vegan Milk


A rancher in Sweden is taking a shot at supplanting domesticated animals with developing and growing oats.

Adam Arnesson, who runs a homestead Örebro area with his folks, used to sell the oats he developed as animal feed – or utilized them to feed animals on his ranch.

However, at this point, the oats are utilized to make milk by plant-based maker Oatly.


Addressing The Guardian magazine, Arnesson said he needs to change to developing more protein-substantial yields for human utilization, instead of increment the number of animals on his ranch

Credit: Oatly/ Website

He stated: “The natural thing for us would be to increase our livestock numbers, but I don’t want a factory.

“The number of animals has to be emotionally right so I know each of them.”

As indicated by The Guardian’s article: “The rearing of livestock and meat consumption accounts for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


“Alongside carbon emissions from deforestation (for pasture or crops to feed animals), the livestock sector is also the single biggest human-related source of methane (from cattle) and nitrous oxide emissions (from fertiliser and manure), two particularly potent greenhouse gases.

“On current trends, by 2050 we will be growing more crops to feed directly to animals than ourselves. Even small shifts to feeding crops to humans instead of livestock would lead to significant increases in food availability.”

The article distinguishes Swedish plant milk brand Oatly as a corporation which advances itself on handling this issue, yet Arnesson says numerous Swedish ranchers trust the brand is slandering them.

He stated: “I had a lot of arguments on social media with other farmers because I thought what Oatly was doing could bring better opportunities to our sector.”
Cecilia Sjöholm, head of communications at Oatly, said: “Quite a lot of farmers had a bad image, and perhaps even hated us.


“But we’re very much pro-farmer.”

Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences took a gander at Arnesson’s production after his first year of concentrating on oats for human utilization.

As indicated by The Guardian: “[They] found that Arnesson’s farm was producing double the amount of calories for human consumption per hectare and had halved the climate impact of each calorie produced.”
This result is a key part of what the farmer wants to achieve.


“I don’t want to take pride from having a tractor, or producing 10 tonnes of wheat or a sow with 10 piglets,” he told the paper.

“But in feeding and preserving the planet – that is one of the big things I want as a farmer to be involved in changing.”

What’s to come

Oatly needs to work with three additional ranchers as a major aspect of an arrangement to feature the incentive in changing from animal agribusiness to arable cultivating.


Arnesson trusts government subsidies will be basic for livestock ranchers to do as such.

He stated: “Converting to growing oats won’t be viable for everyone, and not for those dairy farmers that have built up a large farm business.

“But we need to start talking about farming in a different way.


“About the opportunities, and not just the problems.”

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