to state that Mothering mag printed this article on the dangers of soy (no matter how biased it may seem) because they are a vehicle for the dairy industry is inflammatory and as a long time reader of the magazine, I find it rude and unwarranted. I flipped through 4 random mag's from the last year, and each had a full page ad for Eden products (including their Soy milk)
I think that soy, animal diary products, as well as many other items most people shun can be a part of a healthy diet for most people (including my family). for ethical reasons, many shun animal products, and good for them. my family tends towards a whole food approach, so processed soy wouldnt come into it, anyway. but I would select a soy based hot dog over a meat based one (even though we eat meat) because i trust the quality and would risk a processed soy over a processed meat anyday. but of course, we would just not have a hot dog period....
I love what others have said, about balance. and also about milks for drinking. we are a water house. occasional milk for cereals and baking. and we use a combo (rice, soy, almond, organic diary) whatever is on sale or whatever is around and expires sooner
also, soy seems to be that sacred cow that is an untouchable subject to some vegans I know, IRL...any talk of possible dangers of over doing soy (which many of them admittedly do) immediately follows them spouting how evil and dangerous rice and dairy are (which may very well be true) but that doesnt mean moderation shouldnt be the primary goal for everyones diet.
just because this information may contradict what you want to believe, doesnt mean others who have no idea, and just go and pop all the diary and meat alternatives into their cart at wild oats or whole foods, shouldnt have access to this information....and maybe the author feels strongly about this issue. i wouldnt take it personally. i can see that for a person who relys heavily on soy, this article could cause problems with family and friends, who want to attack ANY choices we make.
i like mothering mag because they arent a 'vegetarian', 'carnavore' or 'vegan' only publication. I dont question their sway, because I dont think they particularily have one. they represent a combo of all of us.
i am nursing an acrobatic toddler, now....so I am so sorry if this is choppy and makes no sense, I cant get my thoughts straight right now