February 2000 Hungerstrike Diary (1 February is day 87)
(SHORTCUT: Click on day to go there!)
02-01-2000 DAY 87 - Too late to close the barn door
02-02-2000 DAY 88 - More (unintentional) help from the dairy folks
02-03-2000 DAY 89 - Something nasty is encroaching into YOUR space
02-04-2000 DAY 90 - I WISH I SAID THAT...
02-05-2000 DAY 91 - The proper method to consume cow's milk
02-06-2000 DAY 92 - *Bio*Technology* - The 21st Century "Tower of Babble"
02-07-2000 DAY 93 - Crimes against the soil = crimes against everything
02-08-2000 DAY 94 - Dairy "nutfaq.htm" (Gotta be totally nuts to believe this faq)
02-09-2000 DAY 95 - Welcomed CARE package from down south
02-10-2000 DAY 96 - VERDICT! It's OK to say "I'll never eat another hamburger!"
02-11-2000 DAY 97 - Clarification on Howard Lyman begins a water fast
02-12-2000 DAY 98 - Support H.R. 3377... your right to know what is in your food
02-13-2000 DAY 99 - Is there a "MILKGATE" in OUR future?
02-14-2000 DAY 100 - On the "cutting edge" of bio-devastation!
02-15-2000 DAY 101 - The General Accounting Office... a citizen's prybar!
02-16-2000 DAY 102 - GE Labeling... and help force a GAO Investigation of FDA
02-17-2000 DAY 103 - AIN'T LIFE A DITCH? END THE THREAT OF BIOTECH!
02-18-2000 DAY 104 - Now I am a "lifestyle Nazi"? Think again, Dr. Williams!
02-19-2000 DAY 105 - I'm getting thin... and with a new beard... perhaps scruffy, too
02-20-2000 DAY 106 - From an educational ivory tower surfaces a "one track mind"
02-21-2000 DAY 107 - Nourishing Body, Mind, and Spirit
02-22-2000 DAY 108 - FREEDOM OF NON-INFORMATION (FDA Version)
02-23-2000 DAY 109 - New York Times and Breast Cancer: still clueless!
02-24-2000 DAY 110 - Lopsided Food Pyramid: Is it correctable?
02-25-2000 DAY 111 - This planet needs (and deserves) our help: Earthsave
02-26-2000 DAY 112 - Senator Boxer champions meaningful food labels: Please help out
02-27-2000 DAY 113 - CODEX Alimentarius: Don't let that name fool you... this is BIG!
02-28-2000 DAY 114 - CODEX: To go, or not to go. That is the question.
02-29-2000 DAY 115 - Learn who is tweaking YOUR "food pyramid"
Tuesday, February 1
Today is the 87th day of my hunger strike.
This summer, will the corn "be as high as an elephant's eye?"
Human genes have been inserted into pig's cells and fish genes into
tomatoes. Will corn stalks resemble elephant tusks, or is biotechnology
just an ivory tower?
Biotechnology and genetic engineering are here to save the
world from hunger, or so Monsanto and FDA continue to tell us.
That promise is a cleverly marketed lie. The new seeds produced by
Monsanto actually contain the seeds for the farmer's destruction.
Many thousands of dairy farms will cease to exist in 2000 because
there is an enormous surplus of milk. Surplus milk means lower prices.
Lower prices spell disaster for dairy producers.
Last year, dairymen were getting over $17 for every hundred pounds of
milk they produced. Did they really need more milk? Use of
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone increases
a cow's milk by up to 25%.
The most recent price farmers received for 100 pounds of milk
was under $10, and that spells bankruptcy.
Last summer, American corn prices averaged $1.94 a bushel.
It costs a farmer over $3 a bushel to produce that corn.
Forty percent of America's crop was grown with Monsanto's
genetically engineered seeds. Did America need more corn?
Are the world's hungry people benefitting from the surplus?
Last year, corn farmers drew 40 percent or more of their income from
government subsidies or emergency aid. Two billion bushels of corn are
currently being held in warehouses, stocked as surplus.
Emerging world markets will seriously threaten farmers, as inventory
increases and prices drop. Asia has been America's number one foreign
export market, but, the Chinese will export 5 million
metric tons of corn this year, and their freight costs will
allow them to do it cheaper and quicker than American producers can.
Europe has shown the United States that they want no part of our
genetically engineered milk, cheese, meat, corn, or soybeans.
Don't we get it yet? How many farmers will sell their stock this
year and close their barn doors, long after it is too late for them
to discover the consequences of Monsanto's new world?
One company has seen the writing on the wall. Frito-Lay (a division of
PepsiCo) has announced that they will no longer purchase genetically
engineered corn for their Fritos and Doritos. Last year the company
purchased 1.2 billion pounds of corn. This year, Frito-Lay is listening
to consumer's concerns. Those who do not follow Frito-Lay's lead
will pay the price.
Wednesday, February 2
Today is the 88th day of my hunger strike.
Today I dedicate my diary entry to a very courageous and passionate man,
Dave Rietz. Dave Rietz is my webmaster. Dave is my friend. Dave owns
the largest anti-aspartame site on the Internet and has been waging the
anti-Monsanto battle with a vengeance. A lifetime of deception gave
Dave his prostate cancer and over 200 hours of each month are invested by
Dave to making a difference by alerting people to the dangers of
Monsanto's poisons. Today I read an article that might have been funny
considering its placement if one did not consider the horror to a man
and his family after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
I look forward every month to receiving my issue of Hoard's Dairyman, a
magazine subscribed to by 108,000 people in the dairy industry. This
month's issue (January 25, 2000) contained a feature story written by a
woman, Lorraine Merrill, titled "Why Do Farm Men Have More Prostate
Cancer?" The author owns a 170-cow farm in New Hampshire.
Merrill tells us that farm people are healthier than the general
population because they smoke fewer cigarettes, drink less alcohol, and
are more active than non-farmers. She also informs us that cancer of
the prostate is the most common form of cancer in men, and that dairy
farmers are nearly 10% more likely to develop prostate cancer than are
Researchers are at a complete loss to explain why this phenomenon
exists. According to the author, "Few risk factors have been
identified." She cites ethnicity as a factor and writes that
African-Americans run a higher risk than do Caucasian men. I closed my
eyes when I read this, trying to imagine all of the African-American
dairy farmers in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa.
This biased milk-producer/author surprised me by writing:
"Diet also may be a factor according to the National Cancer Institute.
High fat intake, especially of saturated fats, is implicated. High fat
diets in youth and young adulthood may be most significant-when few
people are thinking about preventing prostate cancer later in life."
If dairymen are producing a commodity (milk), would it not be a natural
assumption to make that these same men are eating that commodity for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Would it also be safe to assume that
dairymen with higher rates of prostate cancer than the general
population also enjoy higher rates of milk consumption than the average
Merrill interviews Douglas Reding, MD, of the Marshfield Clinic in
Wisconsin. Reding was quoted as saying:
"The influence of diet seems to be relative to where you live. For
example, men from Japan have less prostate cancer, but, as they migrate
to the American geography and diet, their incidence increases."
This incredible article appeared in a pro-milk and dairy magazine. One
wonders if dairy farmers will ever get the message.
(WEBmaster comment: Any form of cancer sux! Thousands of things
CAUSE cancer... only one thing is known to make it GROW... IGF-1 which
is identical between cows and humans, and present in every sip of milk
and bite of dairy. I quit my once heavy dairy consumption after learning
the truth from Mr. Cohen back in 1998.. I still have terminal
cancer... but the growth rate is MUCH slower. This buys me some
precious time which I believe I am putting to good use helping others to
learn the WHOLE truth. Thank you for any and all help... Dave Rietz)
Thursday, February 3
Today is the 89th day of my hunger strike.
Each person comfortably occupies, on the average, 125 cubic feet of
"space." If you sit at your desk and include your computer monitor,
keyboard, and printer, or sit at your dining room table, or drive in
your car, or sleep in your bed, there is a five foot long by five foot
high by five foot deep area that you call your own. This is your space.
For purposes of today's diary entry, I ask you to visualize the 125
cubic foot cube that is, at any time of the day, you.
Yesterday, a Washington State dairy farm agreed to pay a $500,000 fine
for polluting streams and waterways with feces and urine deposited by
the dairy cows within its herd. Washington State environmentalists sued
the Sunnyside Dairy whose practices were anything but sunny. The group
claimed that the dairy caused the Yakima River to become polluted,
violating the Federal Clean Water Act. Yakima Valley in Washington is
home to 66,000 dairy cows producing 900,000 tons of manure each year,
according to uncontested data contained within the original lawsuit.
That averages out to 27,262 pounds per cow, and that's no bull manure.
The DeRuyter brothers, owners of Sunnyside Dairy, complained that they
were singled out among hundreds of dairies in the county because of
HERE'S THE SCOOP ON THE POOP
There are 9.2 million dairy cows working full time to produce 170
billion pounds of milk per year for American consumers.
Those 9.2 million cows produce 257.6 billion pounds of manure per year.
That's almost 706 million pounds per day of manure ("manure" includes
urine and feces). One cubic foot of manure weighs almost 64 pounds.
There are 7,956 pounds of manure produced every second of every day.
Your space of 125 cubic feet equals the same volume of manure produced
continuously every second by America's dairy cows. Imagine the
never-ending assembly line of bovine excrement deposited into America's
streams and underground waterways.
Last summer, hundreds of people became ill and a few people died in New
York State as a result of contaminated body wastes entering underground
water reservoirs. Cows are dirty beasts. Their body fluids contain
substances that are hazardous to your health. You might ingest their
toxins and bacteria in your milk or in water contaminated by their urine
and manure. Elsie the Cow may very well be the source of your next
Friday, February 4
Today is the 90th day of my hunger strike.
I receive over 1,000 EMAILS each day, and sometimes have little time to
read them all with the same eagerness in which they were written. This
morning I was up at 4 AM to do some Internet "housecleaning" and I
found some real gems.
I get by with a little help from my friends.
Three letters gave me great pleasure. I cannot be the first to see
everything that is related to dairy, so I welcome your comments. Each
day that I learn something new I become more informed. Each new bit of
info is a new tool.
THE FIRST LETTER
The first letter came from Mary Smith. While David Letterman
recuperates from his quintuple bypass surgery (undoubtedly influenced
by his diet of pizza and canned hams), Mary has proven herself capable
of filling in for my favorite late-night talk show host:
Mary Smith's Top 6 reasons that the FDA is taking so long with my info
6. They (FDA employees) are all at Kinko's getting copies made of their
5. They are all at Arthur Murray sharpening their skills on "The
4. They are all at the gas station asking for directions to the Rock of
Gibraltar so they can all hide under it.
3. They are all back in kindergarten reviewing the fundamentals of
2. They are all at Beltway Tent and Awning looking for something big
enough to cover their collective rear ends.
And the #1 reason Robert Cohen's request is taking so long.....
They are all at Barnes and Noble waiting for Mr. Cohen's latest book to
come out to see how many FDA officials are named in it.
THE SECOND LETTER
The second letter came from Matt Kaufman. Matt found a survey of foods
disliked by young Americans in the 18-29 year-old age group. Young
Americans are very choosy. A survey of 1,178 revealed that 16.2% never
eat seafood, 10.3% never eat poultry, and 10.4% never eat red meat
and…are you ready for this one: 23% never eat dairy products.
THE THIRD LETTER
The third letter was written by Peter Phippen, and a copy was sent to
Hoard's Dairyman, the dairy magazine. This letter was EMAILED to:
"In your current issue a woman from my home state of New Hampshire has
written a very interesting and provocative article on dairy farmers and
the fact that on a national scale, men from dairy farming families have
a 10% higher than the national average prostate cancer rate. This is
astonishing. If it were for the nuclear arms manufacturing industry,
the government would be paying some kind of restitution to them for this
medical anomaly. In the article a doctor from Wisconsin is quoted as
saying that diet could be a factor in this situation.
I am very glad that you have published this article and see the need,
now that you have opened the door on the subject, for a discussion of
the real benefits of milk and dairy products as they pertain to a
healthy diet. I read so much today on the health risks associated with
consuming high fat and high cholesterol diets; that meat, dairy and egg
products are eliminated from diets for people recovering from cancer,
and living normal healthy lives in recovery without these foods.
Books like Dr. Dean Ornish's "Reversing Heart Disease", or Howard
Lyman's "Mad Cowboy", or John Robbin's "Diet for a New America", or the
literature coming out of the Washington-based group of doctors, the
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and now your publication
all saying the same thing.
In the recently published "Eat to Beat Cancer" by Robert Hatherill,
PhD., he quotes a medical doctor, when asked what is the one thing that
one could change to make a positive improvement in one's health. His
answer was to give up all dairy products. Dr. Benjamin Spock said the
same thing. Dr. Frank Oski, head of Pediatrics at John's Hopkins
University Medical Center wrote a book called "Don't Drink Your MIlk!"
The list goes on and on. It appears that the food we think is most
healthy and wholesome, may be the thing that is killing our nation, and
driving us into medical bankruptcy.
In his book, " Milk the Deadly Poison" Robert Cohen explains how all
milk has a growth hormone identical between humans and cows and how this
IGF-1 is implicated in every tumor growth in the human body, that it
enhances the growth of cancer cells, which will eventually kill that
person. Milk and now rBGH treated cows' milk contains very high levels
of this hormone needed by the baby calf to grow big and strong.
Unfortunately, cancers are growing big and strong too, and we humans are
not meant to drink the mucosal secretions from any creature except our
own mothers - her breast milk is exactly what we need as babies. Once
weaned we do not need milk to live. Baby cows do not milk after a
certain age, why do we? It is responsible for millions of deaths every
year in the form of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
I feel your magazine can make a shift and begin discussing the
dismantling of the industry which contributes to the ill health of our
nation, and the pollution of our waterways. We need to become
responsible for our own and our planet's health.
I know this all seems ludicrous to your perspective, but many, many
people are becoming aware of these same facts and will be eating less
and less dairy in the very near future. Many news organizations will
not be able to turn a blind eye to these facts when enough people are
convinced of the need to change our dietary perspective, and become
informed on a national level, just like the cigarette and tobacco
campaign of the last century. This century will see the end of the
dairy and meat industries as we know them, since we are now becoming
aware of the devastating health effects of consuming these (better left
on the plate) foods.
Thank you for reading my message. Please forward this to the
appropriate person in your editorial staff."
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LETTERS!
Keep that EMAIL coming!
Saturday, February 5
Today is the 91st day of my hunger strike.
Want to see some really neat pictures?
Want to read a really good story?
There is a new Internet site and some of their photographs are vivid. I
suggest you check out:
What a name! Leave it to PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals)
to come up with this totally offensive name and thoroughly revealing
site. PETA offers a colorful leaflet, "What's Wrong With Dairy?" which
you can reproduce by going to their site. Even better, buy a hundred
leaflets for $5 by calling PETA at 757-622-7382, ext. 510.
According to PETA, the most torturous aspect of the animal abuse
industry is the dairy industry. PETA writes:
"Male calves, the byproducts of the dairy industry, endure 14 to 17
weeks of torment in veal crates so small that they can't even turn
around. Female calves often replace their old, worn-out mothers, or are
slaughtered soon after birth…They are often kept in tiny crates or
tethered in stalls for the first few months of their lives, only to grow
up to become milk machines like their mothers."
There is so much on this site about the detriments of milk and dairy
products, and I recommend that you visit it today and let PETA know how
For those of you with color printers, this site contains a drawing that
downloads into a lovely poster or T-shirt:
Sunday, February 6
YOU CAN'T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT A PROGRAM
Today is the 92nd day of my hunger strike.
Environmentalists and pure food activists have become outraged by all
that Monsanto stands for, blaming that company for many of the world's
illnesses, from asthma caused by polluted air to cancers caused by
tainted foods. Yet, Monsanto is merely one of numerous companies whose
futures are firmly rooted in agricultural biotechnology and genetic
I often refer to Monsanto as Monsatan, confident that I will never be
brought to court for what I say or write because of the clear and
incontrovertible evidence of their crimes against humanity. This is a
company that has brought many "gifts" to mankind, including dioxins,
Agent Orange, PCB, aspartame, the genetically engineered bovine growth
hormone, and other genetically modified Frankenfoods.
By focusing so closely upon Monsanto, I and other activists have lost
sight of the other "players" who sit unidentified on the sidelines,
pursuing their own unique biotechnological agendas.
I, THE "EXPERT," IN REALITY KNOW VERY LITTLE
I recently consulted my "2000 World Almanac" to see how Monsanto ranked
against other chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
The top nine chemical companies had a combined gross revenue of $98
billion dollars in 1998, and the top three companies generated more than
2/3 of that cash flow.
Du Pont was first at $39.1 billion dollars. Dow chemical was second at
$18.4 billion. Monsanto was third at $8.6 billion. Why have we been
looking at just one firm while neglecting the others? What are the "big
guys" up to? What role does numero uno play in the new world order?
The top nine pharmaceutical companies had combined revenues of $137
billion dollars. Merck was first with $27 billion in revenues.
Pharmacia-Upjohn was tenth at just under $7 billion. In 1999, Monsanto
failed to merge with American Home Products (fifth on the list of
pharmaceuticals) and will now merge with Upjohn. These days, Wall
Street rumors have Du Pont seeking to acquire American Home Products.
The giant multi-national corporations do battle for control of the
world's chemical and drug markets, while the common men and women of the
planet hardly take notice.
One thing is for certain. Whoever controls the seeds used to grow our
crops controls the food supply. Whoever controls our supermarkets
controls the world.
THE LARGEST SEED COMPANY IN THE WORLD
Pioneer Hi-Bred is based in the United States and has operations in 21
nations. Pioneer Hi-Bred is no household name. I've just gotten off
the phone with 20 adults randomly selected from the parent-listings in
my daughter's elementary school. Not one of the 20 had heard of
This company controls 42 percent of the U.S seed corn market and 16
percent of the soybean market. Pioneer's corporate motto is:
"Only those with great faith and the 'long look' can hope to succeed."
What great philosopher wrote that corporate slogan? Today's DILBERT
(comics section of your Sunday newspaper - 2/6/2000) reflects the sorry
state of today's business world. Dilbert notes that tests indicate his
company's products to be defective. Dilbert's boss responds:
"Our corporate philosophy is 'quality is our primary goal.'"
Dilbert assumes that he should delay shipment of that product until the
errors are corrected. The boss informs him that the shipment should be
made immediately so that the company can obtain the revenue.
"Gaaa! That's the opposite of our corporate philosophy!!!"
His boss responds:
"Now you know why there aren't any rich philosophers."
Pioneer's 'long look' at the future includes a plan to genetically
engineer all seeds. Their philosophy of vision and faith should include
an apology to the Monarch butterflies who died by ingesting pollen from
the new genetically engineered corn.
In 1998, Pioneer Hi-Bred's visionaries created $1.8 billion in sales for
their company generating a gross profit of $890 million dollars. More
than 40% of their sales were from genetically engineered seeds. In
1998, Pioneer Hi-Bred was issued more patents for genetically modified
organisms than any other company, gaining 108 exclusive patents. By
comparison, Monsanto was ranked 203rd with 77 patents.
Last year, the largest chemical company in the world, Du Pont, merged
with Pioneer Hi-Bred. Du Pont CEO Chad Holliday called the union:
"…One of the most important mergers in U.S. history."
Rick McConnell, senior VP for Pioneer, said:
"Crop germplasm…is like the chassis of a car on which we build valuable
and useful options. We've got a great chassis. Du Pont and Pioneer are
GENTLEMEN: START YOUR ENGINES
Warning: The race has begun, but there are very few spectators
attending this event. They've got the chassis and the mechanics and
their cars are racing around the track. Unless we regain control, the
world's people shall become more than mere witnesses. We will become
We must all recognize that the powers that be exert enormous influence
upon regulators and government officials. Secret deals are being made
by the World Trade Organization, which does not take the rights of the
individual into consideration.
The one most basic right that we have is the right to know what we are
eating. If Monsanto and Du Pont lobbyists succeed, genetically
engineered foods will carry no label.
America's milk has changed as a result of the new biotechnology. Lab
animals got cancer from the genetically engineered bovine growth
hormone. Lab animals treated with that hormone developed a vast array
of cancers. Levels of existing hormones in milk have increased. The
corn has changed. Monarch butterflies have eaten pollen from the new
corn and died.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stands between the common man and
biotechnology companies. The FDA stands between health and safety, and
a tragedy of unprecedented consequence and proportion. FDA has
previously betrayed America on the health and safety of thalidomide and
diethyl stilbesterol. FDA has erred on the copper coil uterine device,
breast implants, new gene therapies, and countless drugs and protocols
relying upon irrational and inconclusive animal research.
FDA is now armed with Monsanto's enormous deception. The official FDA
file number to my suit is: DOCKET # 99P-4613
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Should you wish to voice your outrage at FDA's inaction, include that
file number (DOCKET # 99P-4613) in the subject of your letter, and
forward your email to:
Monday, February 7
CRIMES AGAINST THE SOIL
Today is the 93rd day of my hunger strike.
The "battle cry" of biotechnology companies is that genetic engineering
will end "world hunger." Evidence suggests that food surpluses do not
alleviate world hunger. Surpluses produce lower prices to farmers and
more government subsidies. American taxpayers pay the price. The
result of genetic engineering is that farmers are being paid money not
to grow additional surplus food.
Biotechnology threatens to produce a global agricultural catastrophe.
New plants have been modified in laboratories. Terminator genes have
been implanted into plants with genetic knowledge to produce sterile
seeds. Many scientists are concerned that the pollen from these plants
will have a crossover effect by spreading this genetically engineered
"knowledge" into surrounding fields.
Today's New York Times (Monday, February 7, 2000, page A-13) contains a
full-page ad placed by the Turning Point Project, 310 D Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002 (800-249-8712).
In that ad, the author writes:
"Love of the land? It has been replaced by love of the bottom line,
with grave ecological results."
Turning Point makes the very strong point that family farms have given
way to agribusinesses with absentee owners with no love or knowledge of
the land. Turning Point eloquently writes:
"Good topsoil is home to literally billions of bacteria, fungi,
protocists and nematoads; thousands of ants, spiders, wood lice,
beetles, earthworms, mites, among countless other creatures. Each
creature has its job while moving through the soil, engaged in a natural
'pillage.' They feed on plant debris, they break it down by digestion,
and they decay, merging their bodies into the nutrient mix. It's a
miraculous symphony of a billion collaborations that, over millennia,
build nutrients and soil structure (so soil can retain water and energy
gathered from the sun) while creating the ideal environment for growing
what is on your dinner plate."
Nature's laws are at the same time both simple and complex, but man's
interference in the gentle balance often yields unanticipated results.
All of the errors from the "milk-hormone experiment" should have been a
learning experience and a model for all of genetic engineering.
Instead, those mistakes and warning signals have been ignored by
Monsanto and FDA.
The true crime has been committed, and FDA continues to explore the
evidence of those crimes. FDA still has the opportunity to make things
right by immediately revoking the genetically engineered bovine growth
hormone from the market. By not doing so would compound the first
crime, one of omission, into even more serious crimes of deception and
Tuesday, February 8
Today is the 94th day of my hunger strike.
Jeni Cruts sent me a link to the single-most absurd website that I've
ever viewed! This reminds me of a very off-color urban legend that made
its way around the locker rooms of my boyhood primary school days
regarding Oriental female anatomy.
I don't know whether to be amused or angry. Ready for this one?
According to the Ontario Dairy Board:
Oriental women do not suffer from osteoporosis because:
"The structure of the hip (primarily the femoral neck) is different in
non-whites, especially in Asian women providing a resistance to hip
fracture not found in people of northern European descent."
Here are answers to some of the many frequently asked questions
dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Ontario get about milk and nutrition:
(totally faqued up! is now
a broken link)
Q: Are milk products fattening?
Q: Should kids limit their fat intake?
A: No, not necessarily.
Q: Does milk cause ear, nose and throat infections?
A: No. Milk does not cause mucus
Q: Does cheese cause constipation?
Q: If a youngster doesn't like milk, how can you ensure an adequate
intake of calcium?
A: Soups made with milk, chocolate milk or milkshakes. Plus,
you can always offer them yogurt or cheese.
Q: I am a breast-feeding mother with a history of food allergies in my
family. Should I avoid milk in my diet?
A: No, milk is an important part of a breast-feeding mother's diet.
Q: I think my infant may be allergic to milk. What should I do?
A: Don't try to diagnose this condition yourself.
Q: Does sugar cause hyperactivity?
A: Behavior is not affected by sugar. Researchers agree, it is the
social situation in which a food is eaten, that often results in
excitement not any one food.
Q: Can fast-food be part of a teen's healthy diet?
A: In moderation, all foods can be part of a healthy diet…instead of
having a pop as a beverage, reach for a glass of milk.
Q: Some people believe humans should not drink cow milk, moreover, that
cow milk should only be consumed by cows. Is this a valid claim?
A: No, this is not a valid claim... Just because other animals don't
consume the milk of another species, is no reason why we shouldn't.
These Ontario dairy producers are both ignorant and clueless. If and
when they leave Canada, there might very well be a job waiting for them
Wednesday, February 9
Today is the 95th day of my hunger strike.
Yesterday I received a "care package" from Florida.
Inside were the best kinds of medicine-love, passion, friendship,
sacrifice, and vitamin C.
Regular readers of this diary must know that I've been suffering. One
of my lungs was not working as well as it should have been after a
recent bout of the flu. As my temperature exceeded 102, both of my
parents were hospitalized, and I did what every son would have done in
the same circumstance. I pushed aside my health and tended to theirs.
I've been "paying the price" ever since.
The letter attached to the gift box said:
This is a small token to show our thanks and support for all your
dedication to making people aware of the BGH issue.
It seems there's a pretty small fraternity of us who are willing to put
our money where our mouths are. And in your case, you've gone even
farther. Giving up those banana splits can't be easy!
These are the best oranges we have down here. Known as Honeybells,
they're available only for a few weeks at this time of year. The juice
is truly nectar of the gods. Enjoy them in good health!
Thanks again…and God bless you for your commitment to the cause.
Best regards, Steve and Jane"
For those of you who do not know Steve Wilson and Jane Aker, meet two of
Steve and his wife Jane are/were two very courageous television
reporters who worked for the FOX affiliate in Tampa, Florida.
They invested a lot of time and energy on a story about the genetically
engineered bovine growth hormone. When Monsanto got wind of their
effort, the pharmaceutical giant sent attorneys to the Florida station
and threatened litigation.
The station manager would not allow Steve and Jane to air the segment as
written and produced. Instead, FOX demanded changes. Steve and his
reporter-wife would not compromise their values, and refused to change
The rest is history, and this very-publicized case, scheduled for June
trial date, represents much more than journalistic integrity. It
represents health and safety issues for all Americans. These two
reporters who dared to tell the truth and refused to "sell out," are now
without jobs and in serious financial straits.
Litigation is expensive.
The cost of shipping the box of Honeybells must have exceeded even the
cost of those delicious oranges. I am enjoying a glass of that juice as
I write this. Did the Wilsons have to take out a third mortgage for
this gift, I wonder? After those extremely expensive legal bills,
their generosity and sacrifice…and friendship are much appreciated.
Thank you, Steve and Jane.
I urge all of you to visit the Wilson's website, and read updates about
Thursday, February 10
Today is the 96th day of my hunger strike.
Yesterday was a day of celebration. An enormous burden in the form of a
lawsuit has been hanging over the heads of Howard Lyman and Oprah
Winfrey as a result of a nationally televised episode that occurred four
On that day, Howard appeared on "Oprah" and let America know that cows
and cattle were being injected with the genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone. Howard told viewers that meat was hazardous to their
health. E coli and salmonella stories were followed by the potential
horrors of Mad Cow Disease, and Oprah said:
"I'll never eat another hamburger."
The next day, commodity options on Chicago Mercantile Board plummeted,
and meat traders lost millions. As a result, the meat producers sued.
Howard and Oprah won the case but there was an appeal. The litigants had
been anxiously awaiting a final determination. Yesterday, that decision
came through. The District Court has ruled in Howard and Oprah's favor,
Judge Edith Jones concurring. The U.S. Court of Appeals handed down its
decision in their unanimous 3-0 vote.
Today, Howard Lyman begins a water fast in celebration of that decision.
For more on Howard Lyman, here is a column I wrote in tribute to the
president of EarthSave and America's most famous vegan. If you have not
yet read Howard Lyman's book "Mad Cowboy," I urge you to click on the
link in the following column.
Friday, February 11
Today is the 97th day of my hunger strike.
Tomorrow night I will be doing a live radio show at 9 PM EST. You can
listen to that broadcast on the Internet at:
On Thursday, I wrote, "Today, Howard Lyman begins a water fast in
celebration of that decision."
I should have explained that the first day of Howard's fast
coincidentally fell upon the day after the judge's momentous decision.
In November of 1999, Howard had actually planned his fast to begin on
the ninth day of February. At that time, Howard pledged to me that he
would fast for one week or longer and participate as a "long-termer" in
protest of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
That's when I added Howard's photo to the hungerstrike.com long term
Should you visit the "long term" page, you will see photographs of more
than 20 dedicated individuals who have pledged to fast for one week or
These are all very beautiful people and I love and respect each one.
Their photos have been added to the site in order of when their fast was
Many of you have written and disagreed with my comment that Howard Lyman
is fasting to "celebrate" his court victory.
At this point in time, I am absolutely certain that Howard is
celebrating that decision with a glass of fresh water. I give Howard
all of the credit for bringing truth to America about the dangers of
meat consumption and his continued message regarding the benefits of
eating a plant-based diet.
I again extend my invitation to any of you whose names and addresses do
not appear on our list of long or short-term supporters.
Show Howard that you are with him. Show those who have joined the
hunger strike that you are with us. Show the Food & Drug Administration
that you reject their protection policy, which has been offered as a
veil, which Monsanto hides behind.
Join the hunger strike for one day.
Saturday, February 11
Today is the 98th day of my hunger strike.
Tonight I will be doing a live radio show at 9 PM EST. You can listen
to that broadcast on the Internet at:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced the Genetically Engineered
Food Right to Know Act (H.R. 3377).
That bill intends to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the
Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to
require that food containing genetically modified organisms, or foods
produced with genetically engineered material, be so labeled. My office
has been in touch with the Congressman and his aide, and will soon be
contacting the 40 other members of Congress who have registered as
co-sponsors in support of this bill.
Your congressional representative should be supporting this bill. If
you write to your congressman and get your friends to do the same, your
activism will make a difference. Here is how to find your
representative's name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address by simply
entering your zip code:
I applaud the following courageous men and women of Congress who reject
the enormous financial rewards offered by PAC-men and pharmaceutical
lobbyists to betray their constituents. Here is an alphabetical list of
those members of Congress who support the genetically engineered food
Rep Barrett, Thomas M.
Rep Bonior, David E.
Rep Brown, Sherrod
Rep Clay, William (Bill)
Rep Conyers, John, Jr.
Rep DeFazio, Peter A.
Rep Delahunt, William D.
Rep Doyle, Michael F.
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V.
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D.
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C.
Rep Kleczka, Gerald D.
Rep LaTourette, Steve C.
Rep Lee, Barbara
Rep Lewis, John
Rep Lipinski, William O.
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B.
Rep Markey, Edward J.
Rep Martinez, Matthew G.
Rep McDermott, Jim
Rep McGovern, James P.
Rep McKinney, Cynthia A.
Rep Metcalf, Jack
Rep Miller, George
Rep Mink, Patsy T.
Rep Moakley, John Joseph
Rep Nadler, Jerrold
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes
Rep Olver, John W.
Rep Owens, Major R.
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr.
Rep Rivers, Lynn N.
Rep Sanders, Bernard
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D.
Rep Smith, Christopher H.
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete
Rep Udall, Mark
Rep Waters, Maxine
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C.
Rep Wynn, Albert Russell
Sunday, February 13
Today is the 99th day of my hunger strike.
On Wednesday of this week (February 9, 2000), Bill Brey, president of
the Wisconsin Farmers Union, on behalf of the National Farmers Union
(representing 300,000 farm and ranch families), testified before
Congress. The subject was the horrible financial state of the American
In his testimony, Brey pleaded with Congress to raise the amount of
subsidy money from the current $350,000,000 a year to many billions
Secret deals made in the closed corridors of Washington congressional
offices deliver favors for cash, and the average consumer rarely, if
ever, gets a glimpse as to how America really works.
Currently, our government guarantees a floor price of $9.90 for every
hundred pounds of milk that a dairy farmer produces. Remarkably, that
wholesale price has dropped to a never-before seen price of $9.63 per
hundred pounds, and may very well go lower.
Farmers are expected to produce 170 billion pounds of milk in the year
2000. Based upon the $9.63 average price, that 27 cents difference
translates to $459 million in additional subsidies.
Brey's analysis presented to Congress showed that the basic formula
price, computed for the average hundred pounds of milk, for the past
five years, has been $12.78. He concludes:
"Therefore, our members believe a support price of $12.50 per
hundredweight would protect against the huge drops producers have
experienced in the past few years."
Let's do the math. The difference between today's price of $9.63 and
$12.50 yields $2.87. Multiply that by 170 billion pound of milk (1.7
billion hundredweight) and the requested subsidy adds up to $4.9
I am reminded of a Watergate tape made of Richard Nixon on March 23,
1971. The transcript of that tape revealed the President carefully
choosing his words for the dairy representative's delivering a $3
million cash bribe. Nixon said:
"Uh, I know…that, uh, you are a group that are politically very
conscious…and you are willing to do something about it. And, I must say
a lot of businessmen and others don't do anything about it. And you do,
and I appreciate that. And I don't have to spell it out."
Nixon was aware that the tape was running and was careful to what he
said. After the men left, his advisor, John Connally, came in to the
Oval Office and said:
"They are tough political operatives. This is a cold political deal."
At about the same time, price controls for milk and support prices
stabilized cash flow for dairy farmers at the expense of the unaware
consumer. The same thing may very well be happening today.
Does a nearly $5 billion subsidy to the dairy farmers of America sound
"udderly" ridiculous to you?
Monday, February 14
Today is the 100th day of my hunger strike. It's Valentine's Day, but
we might look back on the news in this column as the Valentine's Day
The Worst Nightmare has begun - Day 1
Monsanto said that it could not happen.
The Food and Drug Administration said that it could not happen.
Nobel Prize-winning scientists said that it could not happen.
On Thursday, February 10, 2000, the first news story was published in
Alberta, Canada. Pollens to the wind, seeds to the fields, nightmares
for the scientists who have brought us to the edge of bio-devastation.
Genetic engineering has allowed Monsanto to create grains and vegetables
resistant to their ROUNDUP pesticide. Entire fields have been sprayed
and, in theory, everything was supposed to have died except for the corn
or the soybean or the canola plants. Canola plants produce canola oil,
but the original name for canola is rapeseed. The world has been raped
by criminals wearing white lab coats. The insignia on those coats
Phase one of a Stephen King-like nightmare is what's happening in the
fields of Northern Canada. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of rats
and men often go astray.
Weeds now grow in those fields, and those weeds have developed an
immunity to ROUNDUP. Will those weeds be controlled, or are they
destined to spread and overwhelm Canada's 200,000 square mile area of
arable grain and oilseed-producing farmland?
Canadian agriculture canola specialist Phil Thomas said,
"We knew it was going to happen. It was only a matter of when."
DNA testing has confirmed that the weeds are resistant to Monsanto's
ROUNDUP. Is this the last roundup for agriculture? Is this a wake-up
call for America's FDA who maintains the position that such an event is
Scientist Keith Downey, who created the biologically modified canola
"I don't think it means anything to consumers."
Tolerance of the weeds to ROUNDUP has been blamed on the wind and the
bees. The question we ask today is why did the world let this happen?
Bob Dylan might have sung, "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the
Tuesday, February 15
Today is the 101st day of my hunger strike.
America has a police force that most of her citizens have never heard
of. Mention the name Government Accounting Office (GAO) and one might
conjure up an image of a legion of bureaucrats with briefcases,
calculators, and ledgers. GAO is staffed by investigators, detectives,
and undercover operatives. GAO is America's equivalent of INTERPOL.
When Congress wishes to investigate fraud or waste in government or
criminal acts, they launch GAO investigations.
Here is how GAO describes its mission:
"The General Accounting Office is the investigative arm of Congress.
GAO's mission is to help the Congress oversee federal programs and
operations to assure accountability to the American people. GAO's
evaluators, auditors, lawyers, economists, public policy analysts,
information technology specialists, and other multi-disciplinary
professionals seek to enhance the economy, efficiency, effectiveness,
and credibility of the federal government both in fact and in the eyes
of the American people. GAO accomplishes its mission through a variety
of activities including financial audits, program reviews,
investigations, legal support, and policy/program analyses. GAO is
dedicated to good government through its commitment to the values of
accountability, integrity, and reliability."
It is time to contact GAO. We have passed the 100-day anniversary of
the hunger strike. FDA has made a mockery of federal statutes by
ignoring time limits placed upon Freedom of Information Act responses.
FDA continues to stall the review of Monsanto's genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone, despite new evidence of widespread fraud. FDA
continues to deny the existence of the second 90-day portion of the
Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex study in which laboratory animals got
cancer from the same hormone now in America's milk, cheese, and ice
GAO must investigate a system that no longer works to protect Americans.
Congress must request the GAO investigation. This week, materials were
sent to forty key members of the House of Representatives requesting
that they do just that.
We can no longer tolerate FDA's actions, or lack of performance. We now
accept the fact that political influences may be playing a role in FDA's
indecision and lack of resolve.
America is great. America has a series of checks and balances. The
checks have bounced, and it has now become necessary for the General
Accounting Offices to analyze the books, check the statements, and
balance the account.
Wednesday, February 16
Today is the 102nd day of my hunger strike.
I have written a letter to my congresswoman, Marge Roukema, requesting
that she support a bill that will require mandatory labeling of
genetically engineered foods. I have also requested that she formally
petition America's Congressional "police force," the Government
Accounting Office (GAO) to open an inquiry into FDA fraud and deceit.
Many of you have asked, "What can I do?" Now is the time for you to
send the following letter to your congressional representative:
U.S. House of Representatives
2469 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515-3005
Every American has been given a bill of rights guaranteed by our
Constitution. In the pursuit of freedom, all Americans have the
right to know what is in their food.
In 1994, Congressmen Sanders, Obey, and Brown introduced a bill that was
intended to label milk and dairy products containing Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
Unfortunately, that bill "died" when the 1994 session of Congress
expired. A subsequent investigation revealed that four members of the
Dairy, Livestock, and Poultry Committee (Volkmer, Dooley, Gunderson, and
Pombo) stalled the vote on that bill, which impacted Monsanto, while
accepting PAC money from that firm. In fact, the twelve members of that
committee accepted over $711,000 from PACs representing agricultural
I now request of you two favors.
I ask you to support and become a co-sponsor of a similar bill: HR-3377.
This bill responds to a new American outcry. This bill's intention is
to place a label on foods containing genetically modified organisms.
The second request is that you initiate a GAO investigation of fraud and
contempt for the rights of the American people as now practiced by the
Food & Drug Administration.
Sixty-two days ago, on December 14, 1999, a Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request (#99026306) was filed for some critical (and non-trade
protected) communications between FDA and Monsanto. The Justice
Department mandates a 20-day turnaround for Freedom of Information Act
requests. February 14, 2000 marked the 42nd day over and beyond their
lawful time of response.
A citizens petition has been filed with FDA (petition #99P-4613) based
upon new and never before revealed incontrovertible evidence that
Monsanto created five "freak" amino acids when they produced their
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. Monsanto never told FDA.
The "smoking gun" evidence can be found on the Internet:
FDA continuously has maintained that the genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone caused no adverse effects in laboratory animals.
Monsanto's "secret study" (authored by Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex) is
referred to on the above Internet website. Should that study, which is
clearly a trade secret, be made public, the individual releasing that
report will be subject to ten years imprisonment and a $15,000,000 fine,
based upon the Economic Treason Act that President Clinton signed into
law on October 11, 1996 (Public Law #104-294).
In their review of Monsanto's application, Canadian scientists found the
adverse effects, which FDA originally missed. I urge FDA to review
those omission and evidence of genetically engineered errors.
American citizens are concerned. Last summer, protestors wearing
Monarch butterfly costumes rioted in the streets of Seattle. They were
wearing these outfits because Monsanto's genetically engineered corn
pollen killed Monarch butterflies in a Cornell University study.
Americans have a right to know what they are eating, and I respectfully
urge you to support HR-3377. It is critically appropriate for GAO to
investigate FDA's performance regarding biotechnology in light of the
new evidence contained within my petition.
Very truly yours,
Thursday, February 17 - AIN'T LIFE A DITCH?
Today is the 103rd day of my hunger strike.
What could the Panama Canal possibly have in common with
the following site?
END THE THREAT OF BIOTECH
Plenty! One hundred years ago, history was altered because a postage
stamp was sent to every member of Congress. Today, a similar
opportunity exists. Together, we can end biotechnology's threat by
sending two pieces of paper; a letter, and enclosed photos to every
member of Congress.
TRUE STORY OF THE PANAMA CANAL
In the late 1880s, the French attempted to construct a canal through
the isthmus of Panama, but their effort did not end in success because
of coruption, disease, and high costs. (Sounds just like America's
Food and Drug Administration!)
Between the failed French effort and the signing of an agreement
between the United States and Panama (1903), other canal sites were
considered, including a route though Nicaragua.
What killed the Nicaraguan deal was a postage stamp, sent to Congress by
a lobbyist for the Panamanian deal. That stamp depicted an erupting
It is said that one picture is worth 1,000 words, and that
postage stamp marked "cancel" to any thought of constructing a canal
MONSANTO SLEEPS WITH THESE MEN
In that spirit, I ask you to print the following page and send it to
your member of Congress. On that page are five photographs. The first
is of Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas was
Monsanto's attorney at a time when the company was tinkering with
genetically modified organisms. Monsanto knew the potential of
biotechnology and called in favors to have their man nominated to the
Supreme Court. In case those issues reach America's highest court,
Monsanto will have a well-placed friend.
The second photograph belongs to Michael Freidman, ex-FDA commissioner.
As he was exiting the FDA in 1999, Mr. Freidman walked proudly through
their revolving door, and now works for Monsanto.
Third is C. Everett Koop. Dr. Koop is the respected and
beloved ex-Surgeon General of the United States, who lobbied for
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone on the day after
FDA granted Monsanto approval. Koop attacked critics of biotechnology
with his "second opinion" that genetically engineered milk is
indistinguishable from wholesome milk.
The fourth photo belongs to a current member of Congress, Cal Dooley.
Dooley served on the Dairy, Livestock, and Poultry Committee, and helped
to stall a bill that would have required labels on food products
containing MONSANTO'S genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. In
1994, while serving on that agriculture committee, this congressman
accepted $97,857 in PAC money from companies with agricultural
interests. He even accepted PAC money from MONSANTO while stalling that
food labelling bill.
The fifth and final photo belongs to our esteemed president,
William Clinton. Mr. Clinton praised Monsanto in his 1996
State-of-the-Union address. One wonders the cost of
such a favor. If only the walls of the Oval Office could
talk and reveal the intimate details of Clinton's
Please sign the following letter and send a copy to your Congressional
THE NICARAGUAN VOLCANO
Along with that letter, print this page filled with revealing photo
evidence to your congressional representative:
This site will give you the name and mailing address of
your congressional representative:
Friday, February 18
Today is the 104th day of my hunger strike, and I am on the
way to Gainsville, Florida for an EARTHSAVE-sponsored vegetarian
I have been called many things in my life, but nobody has ever dared to
call me a Nazi. Nobody, that is, until a Jewish Internet magazine
("Jewish World Review") crossed the line of decency in their Wednesday,
February 16, 2000 edition.
I have been called a "lifestyle Nazi" by an author who misquotes
my agenda. I have never pushed for a ban of milk and dairy products.
I merely wish for America to learn that milk and dairy products are
loaded with calories and contain dangerous animal fats, cholesterol,
and powerful growth hormones which are responsible for America's obesity
epidemic. I recently testified at a USDA-sponsored Washington hearing,
and challenged the participants to observe the schoolyards. In poor
neighborhoods, children are not starving. Quite the opposite. They are
roly-poly kids, obese and well fed with America's number-one subsidized
Here is the actual article.
"Jewish World Review Feb. 16, 2000 / 10 Adar I, 5760
Lifestyle Nazis update
IMAGINE HAVING A RESERVATION, showing
up at a restaurant and being barred from entry.
That's what can happen in some parts of Canada if
you washed your hair with an herbal shampoo and
sported a scented deodorant. Why? You threaten
people's right to breathe clean air.
"Oh, Williams," you say, "that's Canada; that can
never happen here." Yes it can, and worse if we
continue being wimps.
I've always warned that a lifestyle Nazi's work is
never done. People applauded the Nazi attack on
cigarette smokers and the tobacco industry. Now
lifestyle Nazis are coming after fat Americans. The
editors of the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) wrote, "Obesity is epidemic."
According to JAMA, the cause is "The availability of
more food ... the growth of the fast-food industry,
the increased numbers and marketing of snack food
... along with a custom of socializing with food and
drink." JAMA points to the war against tobacco as
the best way to fight obesity. The tactic is to talk
about the cost of obesity to our health care and then
terrorize and intimidate.
The American Obesity Association calls obesity "a
ticking time bomb" and demands "fat taxes" to fund
anti-obesity education programs. Yale Professor
Kelly Brownell says, "I recommend that we develop
a more militant attitude about the toxic food
environment, like we have about tobacco." U.S.
Surgeon General David Satcher supports the
association's obesity vision. Giving the keynote
address at its recent conference, Satcher said,
"Obesity is a major public-health problem and one
that deserves much more attention than it receives."
Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman
is leading the agency's "anti-fat" campaign, which
includes a planned "nutritional intervention" program
Lifestyle Nazis have troops in the non-profit world in
their war against America's fat people. Michael
Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the
Public Interest, calls for attack on the large servings
at Chinese and Mexican restaurants, saying, "It's high
time that the (restaurant) industry begins to bear
some responsibility for its contribution to obesity,
heart disease and cancer."
The soft drink beverage industry, according to
Jacobson, is also responsible for obesity and heart
disease, not to mention caffeine addiction. Emory
University law professor Frank Vandall said, "I can't
rule out that America's fast-food chains will be the
Daniel Akst, writing for the New York Times, said, "It makes perfect
sense for the victims of fast food ... to sue, and the sooner the
better; they might even succeed at deterring substantial harm." Lest you
think the lifestyle Nazis only have fat Americans in their gun sights,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving tried to have beer banned at the new Verde
Golf Club in Arlington, Texas. Their true, but hidden, agenda is
alcohol prohibition. Robert Cohen, director of the Anti-Dairy Coalition,
is pushing for milk prohibition, saying, "Milk products, like tobacco,
are an enormous threat to the health of both children and adults, yet we
see the dairy industry protected by constitutionally questionable laws
while the tobacco industry is held accountable."
Lifestyle Nazis have the support of all manner of kooks, quacks and
lunatics, plus millions of taxpayer dollars. Most of them are based in
Washington and have easy access to congressmen and bureaucrats anxious
to do their bidding.
You say, "Williams, what can we do about them?" As for me, I want to be
left alone and here's what I say: If a lifestyle Nazi, politician or
not, wants me to stop smoking or eat less, let him personally take the
cigarette out of my mouth or the food off my plate. I guarantee you that
when the dust settles only one of us will be standing."
(Walter Williams Archives)
Saturday, February 19
Today is the 105th day of my hunger strike. I am in Florida,
and wrote this column on Thursday before leaving New Jersey's
forecasted February winter storm.
I have added something new to my protest, and
my wife and kids are not at all pleased.
It seems the threat of death by starvation is
not as troubling to them as the threat of sandpaper
That's exactly what they have been getting this past week as my
beard continues to grow.
I will not shave until FDA revokes the use of Monsanto's hormone.
The New York Ranger hockey team tried this a few years ago, refusing to
shave until they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Many of the young skaters hardly had the opportunity to grow
more than a shadow on their face. The way things look, I might
soon be looking like Santa, but there's nothing about which to be jolly.
Thank goodness for great satirists who give us all something about which
to laugh. When I was in elementary school, MAD MAGAZINE was my favorite
I was pleased to find this recent internet link to MAD'S assessment of
the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone:
Sunday, February 20
Today is the 106th day of my hunger strike.
Last week, I was slandered and libeled by a syndicated columnist,
Walter Williams. Dr. Williams is an economics professor at George Mason
University. In his column, Dr. Williams called me a "Lifestyle Nazi."
I wrote a letter of protest to Dr. Williams demanding a retraction. In
that lengthy letter, I included these comments:
"African-Americans do no like the 'N' word, and Jews do not like being
called their 'N' word either.
You have done just that to me, and I am not at all pleased.
As a college professor, your job is to teach students lessons in
economics. You have slandered my good name, and unless I receive a
retraction from you, I will make every attempt to teach you and every
outlet for your syndicated column my new lesson in economics."
Here is his response:
"Dear Mr. Cohen,
Thank you very much for your letter and its complimentary comments
about my syndicated column for this week. You like so many other
Americans are becoming increasing concerned about how the nation's
tyrants and their busybody accomplices are trying to dictate to us how
we live, eat and breathe. I thank you for your support in my battle
against America's Huns and Vandals. It's encouragement from people like
you that gives me the intestinal fortitude to keep up the struggle.
Best wishes and keep the faith.
Walter E. Williams "
Monday, February 21
NOURISHING BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT
Today is the 107Th day of my hunger strike.
This past weekend, I attended the first "Southeastern Vegetarian Action
Symposium." Last September, Cynthia Cowen, EARTHSAVE'S Miami chapter
president invited me to speak at her conference. I've attended many
health shows and veggie festivals, but this one was extraordinary.
Rooms, meals, lectures, workshops, panel discussions…all ran like
clockwork, and the spiritual karma linking all participants together was
what made this weekend very, very special.
Although I had the opportunity to lecture three times, I also took
advantage of being the "student," attending talks from some of the great
teachers in the animal rights and vegetarian movement.
Every opportunity I get to hear George Eisman speak is a gift for me.
Eisman is a brilliant nutritionist and wrote the best selling book, "The
Most Noble Diet." Immediately after listening to his opening lecture, I
joined a standing-room only crowd to hear Doug Graham's nutrition and
work-out wisdom. Doug is a chiropractor turned health and fitness
coach. He is ninety-nine percent inspiration and perspiration, and one
has to be impressed with Doug's energy level at his 6 AM morning workout
class and his late-morning lecture. Graham is a raw-foodist and has
trained many professional and Olympic athletes. Martina Navratilova was
one of his many clients.
I met, for the first time, well-known animal rights activist Karen
Davis. She had the audience cheering during her presentation and
finished to a standing ovation. What passion! I could listen all day
long to philosopher and historian Rynn Berry relate tales of history's
immortal vegetarians, from Albert Schweitzer to Leo Tolstoy.
Antonia Demas was a student of T. Colin Campbell's at Cornell
University. She's now changing the diets of children attending Miami
schools. She teaches that vegetarian foods are more than just
nutritious and delicious. Her results demonstrate that behavioral
problems decrease and learning performances increase as a function of
eliminating milk and dairy products from the diets of inner-city youths.
So many wonderful speakers were there to inspire the conference
attendees. Dawn Carr from PETA and Gene Bauston, founder of Farm
Sanctuary, were two of the more passionate and informed presenters.
Susan McCullom and Don Barnes were two more teachers who left strong
impressions on me.
There was at least a dozen other presenters, but many lectures
overlapped, and the one negative was that I could not be in two places
at one time.
The conference was a mini-version of the upcoming North American
Vegetarian Society Summerfest (NAVS), which I would not miss for the
world. Many of the same speakers will be at the NAVS event. I'll be
attending the summer conference with two of my three children, and if
you have a free week, and wish to either change or re-confirm your
lifestyle (as I did last year), you have got to make plans to attend
this festival before they fully book their rooms. This year's
conference will be at the University of North Carolina's 265 acre Blue
Ridge Mountain Ashville campus from July 5th through July 9th.
I'll drive there from New York (672 miles). The Summerfest is less than
200 miles from Atlanta, less than 400 miles from Cincinnati, and 650
miles from Chicago. For more information, call 518-568-7970 or visit
Tuesday, February 22
FREEDOM OF NON-INFORMATION
Today is the 108th day of my hunger strike.
America's freedoms, or lack of them, can be best symbolized by the
illusion that citizens of the United States have a right to know what
government agencies are up to. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
should be renamed the Bondage of Information Act because current policy
places the average American in solitary confinement.
I have filed a citizens petition to revoke the use of Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH).
After filing my suit, Monsanto and Pharmacia Upjohn proposed a merger.
I learned from a conversation with a senior level Upjohn executive that
Pharmacia Upjohn now has an application before the FDA for approval of
their version of rbGH.
If FDA revokes Monsanto's hormone and approves Upjohn's version, America
will be back to square one, and we will have accomplished nothing.
With that in mind, on December 22, 1999, I filed a Freedom of
Information Act request for "any and all documentation, including
letters to FDA from Upjohn and letters to Upjohn from FDA regarding that
I have just received a letter of denial for my entire request. That
letter was signed by Lawrence Bachorik, Interim Associate Commissioner
for Public Affairs. In that letter of denial, Mr. Bachorik wrote:
"I cannot respond to your request since any acknowledgement, either of
receipt of a submission or that no such submission has been received,
would constitute disclosure of confidential commercial information."
In other words, FDA will not even admit whether or not an application
for a new version of the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
has been made. This barn door will be closed long after the animal is
gone. FDA's policy allows the donkey to escape and makes asses of the
rest of us.
Wednesday, February 23
LEST WE FORGET…
Today is the 109th day of my hunger strike.
The New York Times Science section devoted a full-page story (Tuesday,
February 22, 2000) exploring why African-Americans experience enormous
risk and death rates from breast cancer.
Author Alexis Jetter writes, "Scientists and public health researchers
are looking at every piece of the puzzle, including the use of
mammography and understanding the mechanisms that bring about tumor
The New York Times writer reviews even diet and considers racial
stereotypes when exploring the notion that blacks eat more fried foods
than their white counterparts. This isn't about living in the ghetto
and eating fried chicken. This is about living in poverty and eating
more and more "white" food, particularly the subsidized kind.
It is a fact of life that many African-Americans, living in the inner
cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit, are also living
in poverty. Nations in which people live in poverty have children with
ribs sticking out of their torsos. We've all seen the photographs.
America is different. America's poor "enjoy" the most subsidized food
in world history-milk and other dairy products.
In 1960, the average American consumed ten pounds a year of cheese.
Today, the average American is consuming thirty pounds a year of cheese.
Every bite of cheese and every sip of milk contain a powerful growth
hormone identified as the key factor in the growth of every breast
cancer, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I).
The New York Times story does not consider the fact that milk and dairy
products contain a hormone that has been identified as the key breast
cancer factor, IGF-I.
Genetically engineered milk contains increased levels of this naturally
occurring growth hormone, but IGF-I can be found in the healthiest
organic milk, and its presence is a danger to all Americans.
African-American women are finding greater equality in the workplace and
in society and subscribe to women's magazines. African-American women
are now targeted by the dairy industry through milk mustache ads on
billboards, magazines, and television.
Does Cosmopolitan cause breast cancer? This absurd question might
actually be a very important clue.
Researchers from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit research
organization in Massachusetts, recently surveyed 1,350 women - ages 35
to 75, asking questions about all aspects of their life. The study
filled seventeen pages but included no questions about diet, according
to Ruth York, director of the non-profit institute named after Rachel
Carson's best-selling book. Ms. Carson died from breast cancer shortly
after writing "Silent Spring."
The Silent Spring Institute focused their attention on Newton,
Massachusetts, an upscale community recently identified as being a
"breast cancer cluster." They explored what they believed to be the
It couldn't be wealth, could it? Researchers had to make assumptions,
so they looked at what wealthy people enjoyed and poor people did not.
Here is what they discovered. The researchers found women living in
communities hit hardest by the disease used professional lawn and dry
cleaning services more often than those in less-affected neighborhoods.
Does money cause breast cancer? Does having wealth cause tumors? The
rate of breast cancer in Newton was 13 percent higher than the statewide
average rate between 1982 and 1992.
The study showed that women in neighborhoods with higher rates of breast
cancer typically had higher incomes and education levels than women in
areas with lower breast cancer rates.
GOT BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS? GOT LADIES HOME JOURNAL? GOT
Middle to upper class women subscribe to such magazines. These women
are bombarded with milk mustache ads, targeted by the National Fluid
Milk Processors. Women with wealth and education have "LEARNED" that
their bones will break unless they drink milk and eat yogurt. They have
the money to buy more sour cream, cheese, and whipped cream.
GOT IGF-I? Milk is loaded with a hormone that's been identified as the
key factor in breast cancer's growth. Who can afford a steady diet of
yogurt and rich cheeses? Women who live in Newton, that's who.
Will the Silent Spring Institute ever get around to doing a study on
milk and dairy consumption? I left Ruth York with that thought. The
Silent Spring Institute relies upon your donations. Perhaps you can
induce them to expand their "NEWTON" study and ask the right questions.
Their phone number is 617-332-4288. How many portions of IGF-I laden
yogurt does it take to grow a tumor?
Thursday, February 23
Today is the 110th day of my hunger strike.
In the best example of the "somebody's got to do it" adage, I have
obligated myself to testify at the upcoming March 10th United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) hearing on the final report issued by
the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
Information from this report is used to build the famous "food pyramid."
FOR WHOM THE TOLLS TELL
Rather than make a written comment, I will leave my home on the tenth
of March at 3 AM and drive five hours to Washington, DC, make my
3-minute comment, then drive back home. I invest time, energy, gas, and
tolls to do my little bit in making a difference.
School breakfast and lunch programs, food pyramids, and dietary
guidelines are determined by an extremely biased process. The dairy
industry exerts enormous influence on the members of this prestigious
committee, and the conflicts of interest betray Americans with many
millions of dairy industry dollars.
THE DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS GOT CONNECTIONS. . .
TO THE DAIRY INDUSTRY
LOPSIDED FOOD PYRAMID
The Dietary Guidelines Committee has issued their report to the USDA
and Department of Health and Human Services with new recommendations for
dietary guidelines to take America into the new millennium. Such
important decisions should not be made by men and women with biases,
particularly when some of the "esteemed" members are actually paid
consultants for industries who will benefit from their recommendations.
There are eleven committee members. They include Doris Calloway, Ph.D.,
(Berkeley), Richard Havel, M.D., (University of California, San
Francisco), Dennis Bier, M.D., (Baylor), Cutberto Garza, M.D.,
(Cornell), Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., (Pennsylvania State College of
Medicine), Marion Nestle, Ph.D., (NYU), Irwin Rosenberg, M.D., (Tufts),
Sachiko St. Jeor, Ph.D., (University of Nevada), Barbara Schneeman,
Ph.D., (Davis), and John Suttie, Ph.D., (University of Wisconsin).
Two names immediately struck a raw nerve in this author. One was Dennis
Bier and the other, Cutberto Garza.
The Center for Food Nutrition recently held a convention. Dennis Bier
joined the Dannon Yogurt company, Nestles, Campbells Soup, and numerous
corporate biotechnology giants including Novartis, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and
When Monsanto's controversial bovine growth hormone was about to be
approved, Bier wrote a letter condemning Monsanto's critics. This was a
favor, performed for Monsanto, who then highly publicized and marketed
That letter was filled with inaccuracies. Bier had blindly accepted
Monsanto's representation that genetically engineered milk was
indistinguishable from untreated milk. His say-so influenced
congressional committees and FDA regulators.
Last year, Bier received $8,769,710 in grant money from the USDA for his
Garza has built a power base at Cornell University, an institution of
great reputation that consistently maintains its integrity by refusing
"pork barrel" dollars. Rumor has it that Garza receives in excess of
$500,000 every year as a permanent line item from USDA.
Garza's ties to the dairy industry are legendary. His influence places
cheese and ice cream high atop the food pyramid, despite the evidence of
the deleterious effects of milk and dairy.
OTHERS REVEAL THEIR CONFLICTS
Barbara Schneeman (University of California, Davis) is a major player in
the California Food and Fiber Organization, a foundation started by the
Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan? Anybody eat dry cereal?
On October 6, 1997, Schneeman was a keynote speaker at the Fiber
Foundation convention in Iowa.
Sachiko St. Jeor (University of Nevada) recently attended the Chocolate
Manufacturers & Confectioner's annual convention. St. Jeor became a
spokesperson for the association and was part of a panel answering
questions as to the health benefits of candy. When asked, "Should I
give up candy on a diet?" Sachiko answered in the negative. Perhaps the
new food pyramid should have a chocolate filled cherry on top?
Biases and secret relationships should not dictate policy that will
affect what children eat in America's schools, particularly children of
color who are most affected by milk and dairy products. Well-respected
doctors and scientists like the members of this important group gain
positions to important committees, then bring along enormous baggage to
such committees. Their favors to their financial masters often result
in betrayal to those who they should really be serving.
Should you wish to join me by making a public comment, you can call
Irene Randale at 202-205-4872. Should you wish to submit a written
comment, you can mail your letter to Shanthy Bowman, Ph.D., Agricultural
Research Service, BHNRC/CNRG, 10300 Baltimore Blvd., Building 005, Room
125 BARC-West, Beltsville, MD 20705.
Friday, February 25
Today is the 111th day of my hunger strike.
I will be spending my weekend in the New York area giving lectures on
Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday night, my family will be traveling to Huntington, Long
Island to attend an EarthSave potluck dinner. There should be over a
hundred people attending, and each family brings a dish or two in what
turns out to be an incredible gourmet feast. For information about this
event, call 516-421-3791.
EarthSave International was founded 12 years ago by John Robbins, author
of "Diet for a New America." In addition to promoting a delicious and
earth-friendly diet, EarthSave supplies information and support to those
who want to learn about how diet impacts upon their own personal health
and the environment.
EarthSave now has three dozen chapters all over America, and new
chapters are starting all the time. For information about starting a
chapter in your area, send an e-mail request to
On Sunday night, I will be giving a lecture sponsored by the New York
State Green Party at Eco-Books in Brooklyn, New York (192 5th Ave.,
between 2nd & Union). For more information, please call Keith Gamble at
New York's Green Party is supporting Ralph Nader as their presidential
candidate. Their agenda is for there to be "ecological sustainability."
In addition to advocating the monitoring and cleaning up of active and
inactive hazardous waste sites, the Greens believe that as temporary
inhabitants of the earth, we are not its owners, but its caretakers. We
are charged with the immense responsibility of stewardship over all of
the earth's resources.
Saturday, February 26
Today is the 112th day of my hunger strike.
California Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced a genetically engineered
food labeling bill in the Senate (S.2080). I have discussed that bill
with the Senator's aide, Lisa Moore (202-224-3553), and will be sending
Senator Boxer information about Monsanto's fraud and deceit and FDA's
Her bill is the Senate's version of Dennis Kucinich's proposed House of
As a senator, Boxer has a distinguished environmental record, having
previously introduced legislation to restore America's wetlands and
remove the threat of offshore oil drilling along California's coast. She
authored the Children's Environmental Protection Act, and successfully
amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect children, pregnant women,
and seniors. She introduced the Clean Fuel Vehicles Act to encourage the
use of fuel-efficient vehicles, has led the efforts to block unsafe
nuclear waste dumps, and authored the Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling Act.
Boxer's bill faces stiff opposition from the National Association of
Food Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau, and other food trade
groups who are lobbying the Congress and Senate to reject American's
right to know what they are eating.
Unless we let our representatives know our thoughts, the Golden Rule
will win the day. (Those with the gold, rule.)
Let Senator Boxer know that you support her efforts:
email@example.com (no longer valid)
Then, use the following link to obtain your Senator's phone number and
EMAIL address. Ask him/her to support Boxer's Bill.
Sunday, February 27
BREAKING THE SECRET CODE(X)
Today is the 113th day of my hunger strike.
I very badly need your advice.
Let me tell you about an enormous honor that has been extended to me by
our federal government.
I have been selected to be a member of the American delegation to CODEX
Alimentarius, the least heard of organization in the world. Don't let
that name fool you. This organization has enormous power and will
affect everything you and your family eat for the rest of your lives.
CODEX was founded in 1962 by the United Nations and comes under the
direction of the World Health Organization (WHO). Member nations of the
CODEX committee will be determining the foods you eat and whether or not
genetically modified organisms will be added to those foods and how and
if they will be labeled.
The American delegate to CODEX is Robert Lake, an employee of FDA. Last
fall, Mr. Lake invited me to participate in a biotechnology conference
as a panel member. In doing so, my appearance was televised on CSPAN
and recorded by a team from the television news program 20/20.
I and nine other Americans have been invited to attend the CODEX session
in Tokyo from March 14 through March 17. The purpose of that session is
to determine the American and world policies regarding foods derived
In a sense, I have been asked to become a participant in a jury-style
process. As a member of the U.S. delegation, I am obliged to support
the position of the United States with regard to all agenda items during
the course of the session. What this means is that I will be involved
in closed-door session debates, but ultimately pledge to support
America's position. This represents a very real conflict for me. On
one hand, America's traditional position has been to not support
labeling. In that regard, America is in a minority when compared to
other world delegations. On the other hand, perhaps I am deluding
myself into imagining that my voice can make a difference in debate
among the other American delegates and influence them in seeing that
there is a logic in supporting the labeling of foods of genetically
As one of the ten members of the committee, I will be breaking bread
(breaking sushi) with very well known supporters of biotechnology. The
other delegates include Jeffrey Barach of the National Food Processors
Association, Kyd Brenner of the Corn Refiners Association, David
Hettinga from Land O' Lakes, David Hegwood from O'Mara Associates (a
consulting firm for the soy and cotton industry), Alex Jackson from the
American Farm Bureau Federation (representing 200,000+ farms), C.W.
McMillan who is a former USDA Assistant Secretary, Henry Miller of the
Hoover Institution (an ex-FDA regulator who was on the original team
that approved the first genetically engineered products), and Michael
Phillips, the executive director for Food & Agriculture, a biotechnology
I would be the sole voice against genetic engineering. I am the lone
critic and sacrificial lamb and the cosmetic addition to a committee
that exists to show America that fairness is in play and that all sides
are being considered.
Two things bother me. First, my voice will be silenced because I must
comply with America's official position. In advance of this meeting, I
am fully aware of the many billions of dollars at stake to the
organizations represented by my fellow delegates. Therefore, I am aware
of their position. They support biotechnology and nothing will change
their minds. The second problem is a financial consideration.
Every member of the delegation, except for me, has an expense account.
Each member flies first class to Japan and I fly coach. A requirement
of all delegates is that we pay our own travel and expenses. I must pay
my airfare and hotel bill. A call to Delta Airlines revealed that a
roundtrip ticket costs $1260. Add to that $180 per night for the
conference center hotel and expenses, and I'll be spending $2160, which
I just am not able to afford.
I have so many questions. Do I go into debt to finance this trip and
satisfy my ego? Sure, I'm thrilled to be chosen for such an honor, but
is it really an honor? Am I merely being used? I have worked very hard
to let the world know my position on genetic engineering and, by
accepting this position, will I be selling out?
The Humane Society of the United States and other generous contributors
have offered to pay a part of the cost of my trip. I could appeal to
the thousands of people who get my e-mail message, but I first must
determine whether or not this is something that I should do. Please let
me know how you feel because I value your advice. Is my participation
on this committee in your best interests?
Monday, February 28
Today is the 114th day of my hunger strike.
This morning, I spoke with Robert Lake and Michael Wehr of the FDA.
These two men head America's CODEX delegation, and I have been invited
to be a member of the US team. The invitation specifically states,
"Please remember that, as a member of the U.S. delegation, you are
obliged to support the positions of the United States with regard to all
Agenda Items during the course of the Session."
The key phrase is: "during the course of the Session."
I have made clear to both of them that I am my own person, and if I go,
I would respect the rules and regulations and integrity of America's
position by not holding demonstrations or press conferences and by not
making statements on the convention floor. However, I have also made it
clear that I will be there to share information with other delegations,
and what happens away from the eyes of the world will be my decision
because I am an American and have the freedom to say what I feel.
Here are some of your comments:
You are a pawn in a very large game of Sharks in Business for Themselves
and to Hell with the "Little People."
Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.
If it were my decision I would decline.
You'll be used! It is a way to silence you. Your voice will be
worthless since the deck is already stacked.
DO NOT GO! You have it right, you are being used for the appearance of
'fairness'...You will show your position more clearly by NOT GOING.
I vote NO!
Your presence would be window dressing so you may as well stay home.
The voice not at the table, is the voice not heard. You can change
friends and acquaintances, strangers don't even get a chance to hear
NO! I don't think you should go! I think it's a setup to silence you and
take advantage of your name....so that I can be said that you have given
THEM your stamp of approval. POLITICS! It stinks!
Will you be able to look at yourself in the mirror and not cringe?
Cynthia & Serge wrote:
If you can go as a spy, & continue to follow your heart, then go.
Dr. Ben wrote:
A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still!" If you
ever want to change a sinner from his ways, you have to go to his
Vance Lemkuhl wrote:
My favorite scenario, but the one that would get you into the most
trouble, is that you arrange with a group of anti-GE-food demonstrators
to pull some attention-grabbing public stunt in conjunction with you
very publicly resigning from the delegation and denouncing the American
stance. Nothing violent, necessarily: It could be something as simple as
getting a bunch of squash and a bunch of LEGO robots and making the
squash march down the street. Something fun.
It isn't your hunger strike that will kill you, sir, it is these
creatures who have thrown you a rotten bone from a rotten dead animal
carcass that's been given one too many growth hormone shots.
I don't feel that the delegates you are going to be debating would
change their tunes if you jabbed each one of them in the ass with a 6
foot tuning fork. The game you are being invited to play seems rigged
from the start. If you are unable to make them see the light, I would
not put it past anyone of them or any organization which we oppose to
exploit the situation and advertise that 'Robert Cohen was a member of
the American delegation which supported genetically modified organisms
and the non-labeling of them in our food'.
HERE IS WHAT HELPED ME TO MAKE THE DECISION. THANK YOU, ELYSE!
The questions I always ask myself.... Will I rest in peace when I die?
What will my children think of me when I'm dead?
I will be going to Japan. I have been warned that I have many enemies
and should consider many dozens of different scenarios that may be
designed to do me harm. Just for the record, I will not be bringing
peyote or marijuana to Japan and do not plan on returning with a stash
of opium. I shall not visit any grassy knolls nor shall I eat the fugu
(a poisonous fish that is a very popular sushi item).
I do intend to take very careful notes and document "the process" so
that it might become a learning experience for all of us.
Many of you have offered to help with the expenses of my trip and have
requested my budget. Some of you have offered to send "donations" to
the Dairy Education Board (our non-profit organization) to help defray
The hotel room (6 nights) will cost a total of 108,000 yen, which is
approximately $1,020 American. The lowest airfare that I have been able
to find has been $1260 round trip. I am continuing my hunger strike and
will be drinking just water , so my food expense is zero. I have been
informed by my wife and three daughters that I am not to visit any
geisha girl palaces so my entertainment expenses will also be zero. I
have been told that the bus ride to and from the hotel complex will cost
me approximately $30 each way. The total budget for this trip is
For those of you who have offered to send donations, mail to Dairy
Education Board, 325 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.
Tuesday, February 29
Today is the 115th day of my hunger strike.
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has got to
learn to market themselves better. Advice to Neal Barnard: Blow your
horn just a little bit louder! Toot until everybody notices you.
Winning a Nobel Prize requires marketing skills. If ever there was an
organization deserving of mankind's greatest honor, the Nobel Peace
Prize, it is Neal Barnard's PCRM!
PCRM's latest effort involves the dietary guidelines that will dictate
what foods are served to schoolchildren. In their suit, PCRM exposed
enormous conflicts of interests held by the powerful members of the
dietary guidelines committee:
This month, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its
report and recommendations to the United States Department of
That report declared that soy-based beverages (soymilk) are on par with
cow's milk as a source of calcium. The Committee also declared that the
foundation of a healthy diet includes vegetables, fruits, and grains.
The USDA is not required to adopt this recommendation. Rather, they can
pick and choose what parts of the Committee's report they will
incorporate into the final Dietary Guidelines to be released in the
summer of 2000.
PCRM is urging those who give a damn to submit a written comment which
includes these points:
1) Keep soymilk as a full alternative to cow's milk in the dairy group.
2) Rename the "dairy group" to the "dairy and soymilk group" or the
"calcium-rich food group" and include this change in the Food Guide
Your letters can be EMAILED to: Shanthy.Bowman@usda.gov
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