Sep 29 2008

Strange Food Bedfellows

I don’t even know where to begin.

PETA Urges Ben & Jerry’s To Use Human Milk.

VERMONT — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow’s milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

“PETA’s request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow’s milk in the food he serves,” the statement says.

In a statement Ben and Jerry’s said, “We applaud PETA’s novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.

Emphasis mine.

I poked around all the many links I could find on this and the article at Times UK Online had the most detail, including the Swiss government’s reaction and promise to shut the restaurant down if the Chef/Owner attempts to serve human breast milk. They are saying that this is because human breast milk is not regulated and their is no way to ensure how old it is, or that is has been properly refigerated. I’ll let you read for yourself but here is a yummy breast milk sauce recipe.

Chantarelle sauce with breast milk and cognac

— Warm up olive oil with cinnamon and flambéed cognac

— Add white wine and stir

— Add breast milk and stir

— Add whipped cream

— Serve with antelope steak or other grilled meat and black Piedmont rice

Garnish with vegetables.

root-veggie.JPGSo please tell me – which grilled vegetable best complement Antelope Steak served with a breast milk sauce?

gingy.JPGAnd for dessert?

mating-veggies.JPGAnd then after dinner you’ll be in the mood!

13 Responses to “Strange Food Bedfellows”

  1. And what, pray tell, does PETA suggest feeding the infants whose mothers donate their breast milk to restaurants and ice cream manufacturers?

  2. How about we just give the kids burgers?

  3. I’ve tasted breast milk. After my daughter was born I breastfed her and after I went back to work I expressed. I had to admit to being curious! It was a bit sweeter than I expected. Definitely more suited for desserts. ;)

  4. While I fully agree that PETA is being asinine; most women can produce more milk than their baby needs, moreover you can continue producing it way past when the baby is weaned and doesn’t need it anymore. No babies need to starve if it was legal and safe to make other foods with breast milk.

    Of course, if they got their way, there’d be a boatload of very uncomfortable cows too.

  5. And what, pray tell, does PETA suggest feeding the infants whose mothers donate their breast milk to restaurants and ice cream manufacturers?

    Cows do not just ooze milk for the benefit of mankind. Just like with humans, it’s there for a purpose: to feed their young. Why are we taking milk that is meant for a baby cow?

    Oh, right. It’s because we slaughter that baby cow.

    Frankly, I don’t see why people swig cow’s milk and sprinkle goat cheese on their salads, and yet are so freaked out by human breast milk.

  6. I don’t know Rachel…but I am just totally…yuch. Maybe it’s just a reflex. It feels so deeply taboo to me – I can’t explain it but it feels icky.

    And I want to say that since cows do not exist “in the wild” it seems to me that the only reason why they “ooze milk” as you said, is actually to feed humans. That is what they were bred to do. Provide milk and flesh as food. Cows are an abomination. They do not exist in nature. They were bred to be food and destroy grassland (that could feed so many more per square acre) at the same time.

    But now that we’ve got ‘em I’m gonna eat ‘em. mmmmm steak….salad with goat cheese…yum. Chilled mother’s milk? Ack!

  7. Haha, this is pretty awesome. But the best part is the statement from Ben & Jerry’s — “we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.” Um, yeah…so do I. That’s why PETA is saying you should stop stealing milk from bovine mothers. Way to be oblivious there, B & J.
    And, BTW, cows only produce milk if they’ve recently given birth; they only get pregnant if they’ve been ‘artifically inseminated’ (read: raped by humans). While I’m often disgusted by PETA’s tactics, this is a good, not-particularly-offensive way to bring attention to the cruelty of milk production.

  8. I hear the word PETA and it’s very, very, VERY difficult not to start a pages-long rant of the many compelling reasons they should all move to a deserted island together and never return.

    But to save everyone, I’ll just say it’s a shame anyone would legitimize their existence by mentioning them in a blog (it’s okay, I still love you, you’re probably just one of thousands who is tricked into thinking they’re an organization that actually is about what they say they are). They should be shunned and ignored. This is just one of their freak-out “negative press is our preferred method of getting attention” ploys.

  9. Sugar Leigh,

    I agree with you that PETA should be banished to a deserted island. They are vile. Yet I can not agree that ignoring something will make it go away. My little blog in no way legitimizes them and not mentioning won’t make them go away.

    I know a press stunt when I see one. I wasn’t “tricked” but hey thanks for the love. I love you too. :)

  10. I visited Straus organic farm in Marin the other day, and 75% of their cows have sex the old-fashioned way, so it is absolutely not true that they are all “raped by man”. And I’m glad PETA exists, we need extremes to define the center. If I had my way, the religious right would be banished, but we’re all allowed to be here, just some are given tax breaks to do their harassment.

  11. Yeah but what do you think about those cute pictures I found?

  12. cows as we know them were domesticated b/w 8500 and 10k years ago in northern europe, central africa, and southern asia; goats even more widespread and longer ago. they were selectively bread to be docile, easy to heard, and produce excessive amounts of milk. this is also around the same time that humans in those same areas bread differentially to promote a mutated gene that allows humans to digest lactose past weaning (in hunter-gatherers about the age of 4, in traditional agrarian cultures between 2 and 3). For comparison, the blond hair mutation is only about 11k years old.
    milk cows and goats produce way, way more than their young can drink, and can even die from infection from raging and painful mastisis if they are not milked by humans. in much the same way many cereals and grains that have been domesticated must be planted by humans or they would simply rot on the ground (corn is a prime example).

  13. Thank you synj. I think that just about covers it. What do you know about genetically modified produce?

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