June 2000 Hungerstrike Diary (1 June is day 1)
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30 TIME FOR A REST
29 COMEDY APPROACHES TRAGEDY
28 MUSEUM WELCOMES DAIRY AND THROWS OUT THE NOTMILKMAN
27 TARGET THE WOMAN
26 I'VE GOT A HEADACHE
25 SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE
24 Do vegetarians make better lovers?
23 Rutgers Study
22 EARLY PUBERTY
21 COMPASSIONATE VEGETARIANS
20 THE SOY PLOY
19 Independent article supportive of the NOTMILK stance
18 NEW PROOF THAT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MILK IS DIFFERENT
17 THE LAST STRAW, OR DISSEMINATING INSEMINATING INFORMATION
16 ANTIBIOTIC MISUSE TRANSFORMS TREATABLE DISEASES TO INCURABLE
15 THE BOTTOM LINE ON STUPIDITY
14 New York - Cows on Parade
13 STALEMATES AND CHEATS
12 PAYING SPIRITUAL RESPECT
11 Early Sexual Maturity and Milk Hormones
10 GUESS WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING?
09 APPLES AND ORANGES
08 TROUBLE SWALLOWING THEIR TALE
07 SUPREME INSULT
06 BATGIRL is no longer CLUELESS
05 SHOOT THE HEADLINE WRITER
04 NON-DAIRY WHIPPED FRENZY
03 THE COWS ARE COMING TO NEW YORK
02 CRUELTY FREE?
01 WATCH WHERE YOU STEP
Friday, June 30
TIME FOR A REST
I've written 444 consecutive daily columns:
and, before that, 50 weekly columns:
There are 150 million WEBSITES on the World Wide Web and I've yet to
find another guestbook with as many letters as the NOTMILK site.
Dave Rietz has been, and continues to be, a dedicated and brilliant
webmaster, and our http://www.notmilk.com website has been visited by
over 1 million people. On our best day, we had 20,000 visitors, and
still average many thousands of visitors daily.
It's now time for me to take a rest. I'll be leaving for Washington
today, where I will speak eight times in five days. I'll be there
watching the fireworks from the Washington Mall. I'll then travel to
Asheville, North Carolina where I'll speak another eight times in five
days. From Asheville, I'll drive twenty-three hours to Toronto, and
speak another eleven times during the course of a week, including a
nighttime appearance in a comedy club.
It's time for a vacation.
During the month of July, I will NOT be writing my daily column, but may
call in a column or two, just for the fun of it while I am away if
anything of earth-shattering significance should present itself.
Until then, have a great summer. I'll be back writing in August.
P.S. The dairy industry has finally figured it out and is planning a
nationwide milk strike for July 4th.
We urge you to join the dairy industry's milk boycott for July 4th and
continue it until the next millennium.
Thursday, June 29
COMEDY APPROACHES TRAGEDY
This morning, I heard a radio commercial for PROCRIT, a pharmaceutical
manufactured by AMGEN, and marketed by ORTHOBIOTECH, a division of
Johnson & Johnson.
In that ad, a woman revealed that she was "on chemotherapy," and had
developed anemia. She claimed to be feeling better, and was on the way
to a store to buy a carton of milk.
GOT BAD MEDICAL ADVICE?
There are extremely low levels of iron in milk, and the medical
profession knows that milk and baby formula take iron out of the blood
and causes anemia.
Iron is used to build hemoglobin, and is essential for enzymatic
activity. A 100-gram portion of whole milk contains .05 mg. of iron.
The same portion of Romaine lettuce contains twenty-two times the amount
of iron that is contained in milk.
In June of 1995, the Townsend Medical Letter revealed that hemoglobin
loss results from milk consumption. Frank Oski, Chief of Pediatrics at
Johns Hopkins Hospital cited intestinal bleeding as a consequence of
exposure to bovine proteins in milk-based baby formula. One merely has
to check the labels on bottles of formula to confirm that iron is added
because of the negative effect of cow's milk proteins.
Johnson & Johnson's radio model is being treated with chemotherapy. She
must have cancer. The key factor in the growth of every human cancer is
IGF-I, the most powerful growth hormone in the human body. IGF-I is
identical in humans and cows. Would you want a relative, stricken with
cancer, to be taking a hormone that fuels its growth?
The top man at AMGEN, America's largest privately owned biotechnology
company, is Gordon Binder, and his private number is 310-557-9898.
Gordon had no comment to make, and I was referred to David Kaye, head of
Corporate Communications, who did not return my phone call.
Bob Roach, the Director of Marketing at Johnson and Johnson, did return
my phone call (his number is 908-218-6090). His comment:
"I can't comment except to say that I do not necessarily agree with your
scientific opinion on that."
I asked Mr. Roach whether he had any training in science, and he
responded that he did not.
Neal Barnard, M.D., Director of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine (PCRM), said the following:
"Cow's milk products are very low in iron. To get the U.S. Recommended
Daily Allowance of 15 mg. of iron, an infant would have to drink more
than 31 quarts of milk per day. Milk can also cause blood loss from the
intestinal tract, which, over time, reduces the body's iron stores.
Researchers speculate that blood loss may be a reaction to proteins
present in milk."
Dr. Robert Kradjian, Chief of Breast Surgery at Seton Medical Center in
San Francisco, reviewed 2700 articles in the medical literature having
milk as the main focus, and found that there was no lack of scientific
literature on the adverse effects of milk and dairy products. Kradjian
"The main focus of the published reports seems to be on intestinal
colic, intestinal irritation, intestinal bleeding, anemia, allergic
reactions in infants and children, as well as infections such as
Should you be using this anemia drug and have a medical problem made
worse by their awful advice (maybe that's a part of their plan), please
give this column to your attorney.
Milk is no remedy for anemia or chemotherapy. Milk is the cause. Dairy
products cause the disease. Milk and dairy products remain the cure for
just one thing: Cash-flow enhancement for pharmaceutical
companies. GOT ILLNESS?
Wednesday, June 28
MUSEUM WELCOMES DAIRY AND THROWS OUT THE NOTMILKMAN
A promotional brochure from the Long Island Children's Museum (Garden
City, New York) reveals:
"The Long Island Children's Museum is a learning laboratory
where hands-on exhibits invite visitors to experiment, examine
On Saturday (June 24th), I visited the Long Island Children's Museum.
They had advertised a special dairy day in which they would be promoting
nature's "perfect food" by having a cow-milking demo and butter making
I arrived at the museum at 1 PM and was happy to see that "FARM
SANCTUARY" had set up a table outside the entrance with photos of what
really happens to farm animals. It isn't pretty. Kids get to "play"
with a lie inside the building, and learn the vivid truth outside. Carol
Moon of Farm Sanctuary had brought two associates who were well-versed
on animal abuse issues.
I entered the premises with two of my daughters and two of their
friends. It was a beautiful sunny day, and our party represented half
of the museum's visitors. I had no opportunity to speak to anybody,
other than three museum employees. One was an African-American woman,
the second an Asian American, and the third, an Indian woman. A
fourth employee overheard our conversations and alerted the museum
manager, Bonnie Dixon.
Ms. Dixon asked me to leave.
Perhaps it's a good thing that there were not big crowds. I noticed
that the butter demo included no refrigeration facilities. A carton of
heavy cream was left out at room temperature, and the resulting butter
was not refrigerated. Bacteria counts double every twenty minutes at
Before leaving, I took some of the free literature provided by the dairy
I had picked up a free handout, a fold-up paper "Action toy cow"
provided by Ben & Jerry's ice cream company. Last summer, the dairy
industry closed in Belgium for one month because 100-times the safe
level of dioxins were found in milk samples. Recently, Ben & Jerry's
vanilla ice cream was tested to have 200 times the safe level of
dioxins. We wonder whether the Long Island Children's Museum will
consider a future program on dioxins. The Dairy Education Board will
volunteer to set up a butter making demonstration and alert parents and
children that concentrated dairy foods contain unsafe levels of
Another free sheet of paper was titled, "MILK FROM COW TO YOU." The
first paragraph revealed that cows eat about 90 pounds of food per day
and drink about 150 quarts of water, or 330 pounds.
We know that the average dairy cow produces 56 pounds of milk each day.
This means that each cow produces 364 pounds of excrement... feces and
urine. Where does all of that "stuff" go? Apparantly some of it ends
up on the director's desk. Although our admission fees were refunded,
we did not appreciate being thrown out. Does the museum receive public
funding? Private industry should not dictate such policy of censorship.
Behold the power of cheese.
Tuesday, June 27
TARGET THE WOMAN
The Sunday, June 25, 2000 edition of the New York Times contained two
sections dedicated to health. Section 15 was WOMEN'S HEALTH, and
Section 16 was MEN & HEALTH.
The ten-page men's edition contained advertisements for seven
pharmaceutical products, and these ads took up 45% of the actual
section. Cures for testicular cancer, high cholesterol, depression, and
anxiety, also contained warning labels that listed such symptoms as
cancer, depression, and heart disease. In other words, the cures may
very well cause the same problems. How creative!
The woman's section was twice as large as the men's section; twenty
pages. Do women have twice as many health concerns as men? Ten pages
of ads filled the women's section, but the page seven advertisement
filled an entire page in full color with the cast of EVERYBODY LOVES
RAYMOND wearing milkstaches.
The GOT MILK ad asked: "Want strong bones? Drinking enough lowfat milk
now can help prevent osteoporosis later."
Women's health sections and women's magazines are hazardous to women's
health. Women have become marketing targets of the you-know-what
industry. The national fluid milk marketers ignore real science by
promoting their osteoporosis myth.
The largest study in the history of woman-kind (Harvard Nurse Study)
has demonstrated that women who drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of
cheese as teenagers develop higher rates of pelvic and forearm
fractures than non-dairy users. There are currently 121,800 nurses in
the Harvard Nurse Study database.
Ads often do not make for good health. Milk mustache ads only promote
good financial health for dairy producers. Irresponsible magazines and
newspapers can sponsor many special sections on health issues, but by
accepting milk ads, they sell-out your health interests.
Monday, June 26
I'VE GOT A HEADACHE
Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Wellcome employs nearly 10,000 people in
North Carolina, and markets and sells hundreds of different drugs for
Glaxo's most effective advice may very well be contained on their new
http://www.holidayheadachecenter.com (link now broken)
Rather than promote a drug for treating migraine headaches, Glaxo
"Anticipate your dietary needs and try to plan meals accordingly...
avoid dietary triggers such as... aged cheeses."
Cheeses contain a substance known as tyramine, which has been identified
as a substance that increases the severity of migraine headaches.
Migraine headaches are debilitating brain crushers that occur after
increases in blood pressure make blood vessels smaller, causing
unbearable pain. Tyramine is formed from protein breakdown, which
occurs when cheeses age. Parmesan and Romano cheeses are aged for up to
36 months, and should be avoided if one is susceptible to migraines.
We at the Dairy Education Board applaud companies like Glaxo Wellcome
for giving such preventive health advice. However, we caution this
pharmaceutical giant which one day may become a pharmaceutical midget.
If people give up milk and dairy products, who will need your
Sunday, 25 June
SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE
I grew up in New York City's Bronx borough, and during my first thirteen
years, the New York Yankees won the pennant eleven times! I was a
Bronx Bomber fan and still am. In the past three years, Joe Torre has
managed the Yanks to two World Series championships, and has brought
stability to George Steinbrenner's clubhouse, no easy task for a team
and stadium once collectively called the "The Bronx Zoo."
Two years ago, after managing the Yankees to a season in which they won
a record 125 games, Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer. An entire
city sent Joe their prayers and good wishes, and Torre seems to have
"beaten" his prostate cancer...for now.
Last week, I saw a Sports Illustrated ad in which Torre posed with a
milk mustache. Say it ain't so, Joe!
I have previously written about athletes who pose for dairy ads in the
harshest of tones. I've dissed Mark McGwire (comparing the steroid
hormones in milk to his andro use) and I've ridiculed "Calcium Ripken"
for selling out. Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks and Flo Jo (who
died with gallons of bronchiole-clogging mucus in her body and
undigested pizza in her stomach) both posed for milk mustaches, despite
the fact that ninety-five percent of African-Americans cannot tolerate
Joe Torre is different. I love Joe, and today's column is an open
letter to Mr. Class. Joe -- Please learn the truth about milk before it
is too late.
Hundreds of studies have identified a hormone in the human body as the
KEY factor in the growth of prostate cancer. That hormone is called
insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). This powerful cellular growth
accelerator is identical in cows and humans. Eat pizza with mozzarella
or Parmesian on pasta, ice cream or yogurt, and you deliver this
powerful hormone to your body.
SCIENCE magazine was started by Thomas Edison in the late 1880's. This
prestigious journal is read by over 500,000 scientists every week.
On January 23rd, 1998 (vol. 279. p. 563), IGF-I was called the key
factor in prostate cancer. Nowhere in that article was it mentioned
that there are forty-three thousand species of mammals, and hundreds of
millions of different proteins in nature, and that IGF-I is IDENTICAL in
humans and cows. I imagine that your physicians do not know this
critically important piece of scientific information, Joe.
The latest scientific confirmation will be published in the July issue
of the British Journal of Cancer. (p 95-97, Volume 83, Number 1, July
2000). Researchers at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford found
that a diet without meat or dairy products could reduce the risk of
contracting prostate cancer. The authors cite earlier studies
suggesting that high levels of IGF-I play a key
role in causing prostate cancer. Vegetarians have lower levels of IGF-I
than meat eaters, and vegans have lower levels of IGF-I than
I have given this information to Joe's agent, Bill Yardley who can be
Please let Bill know that you do not want to see Joe Torre's prostate
cancer return. Prostate cancer is a killer, and we love Joe.
His milk mustache ad most certainly was done in ignorance, and Torre's
message is hazardous to his own health, and the health of his fans.
Saturday, June 23
Do vegetarians make better lovers?
A recent paper published in the British Journal of Cancer
examined diet and assessed risk factors for prostate cancer
(N. E. Allen, P. N. Appleby, G. K. Davey, T. J. Key
p 95-97, Volume 83, Number 1, July 2000).
One phase of that study measured testosterone levels in 696
Oxford University men.
Testosterone has been identified as the steroid hormone
most often linked to male sexual behavior. Increased
amounts of testosterone are correlated to increased
sexual behavior and performance.
Of the study participants, 233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and
237 were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products). The remaining 237
"subjects" were meat eaters, and meat-eaters were defined as men who ate
meat on most days of the week.
Data from the study revealed that vegans had higher testosterone levels
than vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Throw out the Viagra and reach for the veggies.
GOT ROMAINE? Got romantic! GOT APHRODISIACS? Get avocados!
Friday, June 23
Rutgers University (New Jersey) has an agricultural extension, and their
scientists recently addressed the controversy surrounding organic
vegetables. Is there really a difference between organically grown
vegetables and factory-farmed supermarket produce that has been treated
with with chemical fertilizers and pesticides?
Many people believe that "organic food" is merely a label that achieves
nothing more than to raise prices. In many cases, there is little or no
taste differences between organically grown veggies and traditional
Scientists measured the amounts of key elements in five vegetables--
beans, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, and lettuce. Their numbers were
published in milligrams per 100-gram portion. I have extrapolated the
data and relate the levels of ten key elements in organic vegetables to
the non-organic variety. In each case, the number reflects the TIMES
EXAMPLES: Organic beans contain 2.59 times the amount of boron
as non-organic beans. Organic cabbage contains 2.11 times the
level of magnesium as non-organic cabbage.
The results of this experiement were a surprise to me. Here are data
from Firman Baer's report:
Beans Cabbage Lettuce Tomatoes Spinach
Phosphorous 2.59 1.70 3.54 2.34 2.31
Magnesium 1.64 2.11 1.95 2.19 1.93
Sodium 2.61 3.43 4.44 5.11 2.02
Manganese 4.05 3.21 3.76 13.11 4.35
Copper 3.43 4.40 3.29 2.52 2.80
Ash 9.56 25.50 12.20 6.50 69.50
Calcium 7.30 6.00 6.17 12.00 7.33
Potassium 30.00 6.50 169.00 68.00 117.00
Boron 22.70 4.70 57.33 1938.00 33.33
Iron 23.00 120.00 20.00 53.00 106.67
Cobalt 26.00 15.00 19.00 63.00 12.50
It is clear that ORGANIC produce contains greater amounts of minerals
than their non-organic alternatives.
In the name of good health and nutrition, these data should end the
debate as to whether ORGANIC makes a difference. Organically grown
fruits and vegetables do cost more. Can one put a price on good health?
Can one place a price upon cancer prevention?
************************ COMMENTARY OF:
JOSEPH R. HECKMAN
Crop Science Dept.
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
I have learned that the study conducted at Rutgers University (Bear et
al., 1948) is frequently misquoted as evidence supporting the position
that organically grown vegetables are significantly superior in minerals
and trace elements to conventionally grown vegetables. In reviewing the
original publication, one can clearly see that this was not the
intention of the study nor does it give support to this premise. The
purpose of the study was to compare the mineral composition of
vegetables "as one proceeds from south to north and from east to west in
the United States." Samples of cabbage, lettuce, snapbean, spinach, and
tomato were obtained from commercial fields of these crops and
analyzed for mineral composition. A total of 204 samples were
examined. The vegetables sampled were usually, but not always, of
the same variety. The authors reported, in a table, the range in
mineral concentration as highest and lowest values observed among
the vegetables sampled. These highest and lowest values have been
misrepresented as vegetables grown organically and inorganically,
respectively, in various organic farming and healthfood newsletters,
which cite the report.
The authors discussed the influence of soil type, fertilizer practice,
and climate on the observed differences in mineral composition. The
study only provides a general survey of their possible influence and
did not compare synthetic fertilizer and organic practices.
Thursday, June 22
Half of all girls in England will have reached puberty by the age of
ten, and one in six English girls will reach puberty by the age of eight
according to new research conducted at Bristol University.
The study's director, Jane Golding, Ph.D., also found that boys are
coming into sexual maturity earlier than their fathers did. Her study
found that 7% of today's eight-year-old boys already have pubic hair, a
rate that is 10.7 times higher than boys one generation ago.
The author tracked the development of 14,000 children from birth and
made no assumptions or conclusions as to the reasons why British
children are maturing earlier.
American children are maturing earlier also. Every sip of milk contains
steroid and protein hormones. Every lick of ice cream and every bite of
cheese contain concentrated amounts of powerful growth hormones and
anabolic steroids. From one every generation to the next, there has
been a major change in diet. The world's children in industrialized
nations are eating two to three times the amounts of these bioactive
GOT MILK? Then you drink hormones in the name of good health. Behold
the power of cheese? Then you eat concentrated hormones. The choice is
Wednesday, June 21
Are you a compassionate milk-drinking vegetarian? If so, you will be
responsible for the deaths of three animals. Like it or not, you must
take responsibility for your actions. You might get angry at me for
telling you this, but look within yourself.
The average American eats thirty pounds of cheese per year. It takes
ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. The average American
eats 25 pounds of ice cream per year, and the conversion factor for
America's favorite frozen dessert is 12:1. Factor in just those two
items, and one needs six hundred pounds of milk to supply each
American's cheese and ice cream "needs." The average American consumes
the equivalent of 29.2 ounces each day of milk and dairy products which
adds up to a total yearly consumption of 666 pounds per American.
Each year, the average cow produces 20,500 pounds of milk. According to
the U.S. Almanac, an American born today is expected to live for 77
years. In his/her lifetime, he/she will consume 51,282 pounds of milk.
Assume that half of all calves are male and half are female. The male
calf becomes veal. The female grows to become another milk-producing
Therefore, the average American, through milk consumption, will be
responsible for the life and death of two+ dairy cows and one baby bull.
Forget for a moment that a cow's body fluids contain virus, pus,
bacteria, powerful growth hormones, allergenic proteins, saturated fat,
cholesterol, antibiotics, and dioxins. None of those things are good
for your body. Your milk consumption is also dangerous for the mother
cow and her children. The slaughterhouse stun gun is painful. The
knife cuts through the animal's throat, and the animal's pain is
horribly real. You, the cheese eater, are responsible for her death.
Two cows, one baby. You steal her body fluids, and must be held
accountable for her death and the death of her child.
Tuesday, June 20
THE SOY PLOY
The current issue (June 2000) of Hoard's Dairyman (the dairy industry
magazine) contains one small paragraph reflecting the enormity of a new
dairy industry anti-soy lobbying effort.
On the inside front cover of each issue, Hoard's includes five to ten
snippets of information called "Washington Dairygrams." Hoard's writes:
"DAIRY PRODUCTS, TWO TO THREE SERVINGS PER DAY, REMAIN firmly planted in
federal government's new 2000 dietary guidelines. Dairy farmer and
processor reps lobbied together successfully to block equal billing for
calcium-enriched soy beverages, now to be mentioned in footnotes only."
Here is an admission that the dairy industry expended resources and
called in favors to do everything they could to continue their monopoly
of their calcium-rich product.
One of the sources that the dairy industry used included ABC
Television's 20/20. On a recent segment of that show, soy bashing
became the evening's topic. Rather than interview FDA scientists based
in Washington or Rockville, Maryland, 20/20 located FDA employees in
Arkansas. Those employees had an agenda.
I interviewed one of FDA's research biologists, Daniel Sheehan, who will
soon be retiring after many years of government service. Sheehan is an
animal researcher who works in FDA's primate research lab facility, and
readily admits that soymilk has something in common with human breast
milk. According to him, both are endocrine disrupters and should never
be consumed by humans.
I imagine that in an organization like FDA with 20,000 employees, one
can find FDA officials claiming to be abducted by aliens and endorsing
the use of leeches for curing the common cold. For the record, Dr.
Sheehan has been prohibited from any further communication with members
of the press. FDA has endorsed soy products and was not at all pleased
by Dr. Sheehan's comments. In my conversation with Sheehan, I gave my
word not to share the details of our conversation, but the one thing I
can relate to you is his frustration at being selectively quoted. When
TV news shows like 20/20 interview their "mark" for an hour, and then
run a 20-second sound bite, their agenda becomes clear. Dr. Sheehan had
no intention of bashing soy. That was 20/20's agenda. That was ABC
Things do not happen by accident. Many millions of dollars are funneled
to the media by the dairy industry and those investments pay off.
Monday, June 19
Read an independent article supportive of the NOTMILK stance.
Sunday, June 18
NEW PROOF THAT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MILK IS DIFFERENT
In approving Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone,
the Food & Drug Administration determined that there were no differences
between "wholesome" milk and the new genetically modified version. The
FDA relieved Monsanto from the obligation of developing a test for the
new milk, stating that there could be no test because the milks were
Monsanto hired ex-Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who stated that the
two milks were indistinguishable. After such confirmation from the
esteemed Dr. Koop, who needed a second opinion?
It has just come to our attention that a Cornell University dairy
scientist, Vitaly Spitsberg, has been granted a patent for a method to
detect hormonal treatment in animals (US Patent #5,635,401).
The unbelievable part of this patent confirms that Cornell University
was given grant money by the United States Department of Agriculture in
1992, two years before Monsanto received approval for the use of
recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) in dairy cows (Grant
#92-27206-779). Who says Monsanto and the U.S. government are not one
big happy family?
One feature of milk is that it is loaded with saturated fat. These fat
molecules are not entirely fat. They are actually composed of many
different layers. The thin outermost layer is made of protein, and that
is the key. While one would assume that genetically engineered milk
could be tested by measuring the levels of bovine growth hormone or
insulin-like growth factor-I, the new patented test measures an unusual
protein in the membrane named milk fat globule membrane or MFGM.
Keeping this simple, the MFGM contains an unusual protein named mammary
derived growth inhibitor, which is a fatty acid-binding protein (MDGI or
FABP). The new patented method measures the amounts of these new
proteins so that an easy test of milk can determine whether it has been
FDA's conclusion that the milk was identical was wrong. This just adds
more evidence that somebody knew the truth a few years before final
Saturday, June 17
THE LAST STRAW, OR DISSEMINATING INSEMINATING INFORMATION
You would think that being put out to stud and living in a large field
would be an ideal existence for a bull like Ferdinand, but his days and
the days of other male bovines are severely numbered, and this is no
Colorado State University has developed a new method of artificial
insemination to increase the odds that next year's calves will be
How does one artificially inseminate a cow, you might wonder? Bull
semen is presently sold in a straw, and you've got to have a strong
stomach to stir this one. In order to articficially inseminate a cow,
a farmer puts on a glove that extends up to his shoulder. He then
plunges his left arm deep into the cow's anus, winding his way up
through her intestines, feeling his way through the inside of bovine
body organs until he reaches the exterior wall of the "mature
ready-for-you-know-what" cow. While his left hand is extended up to the
shoulder, with his right hand on the outside of the animal, the farmer
injects the tiny straw, loaded with semen, into the general location of
the mature egg, fertilizing the animal. So much for 21st century sex.
Current doses of semen sell for between $20 and $50 per shot, depending
on the breed and history of the bull. The new sexed semen should sell
for about $100 per shot, but that price is well worth it. After all,
who wants more bull?
Every 15 months, 9.2 million dairy cows must continuously become
impregnated so that their milk continues to flow. That averages out to
7 million new cows per year. If we assume that 3.5 million of them are
female, then we can also assume that 3.5 million are destined to become
scallopine, picata, or parmigiana. With sexed semen, there will be 2.8
million more dairy cows in America, and any way you weigh it, that's
going to mean more milk. Dairy farmers are getting, historically, the
lowest prices for their milk, and the last thing they need is another
dairy management tool that will put more of them out of business. The
average dairy cow in America produces 56 pounds of milk per day. That's
over 20,000 pounds of milk per year per animal, which means that the
extra 2.8 million cows will produce an additional 56 billion pounds of
milk. In the year 2000, America's milk production will equal 170
Friday, June 16
ANTIBIOTIC MISUSE TRANSFORMS TREATABLE DISEASES TO INCURABLE
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently met in Geneva to discuss
one of the "major health disasters" of the 20th century. The result of
that meeting is a 65-page report titled "Overcoming Antimicrobial
WHO refers to existing antibiotics as mere "sugar pills," recognizing
that they are no longer effective in treating diseases. There was a time
when American health agencies, such as FDA, USDA, and the Centers for
Disease Control, blamed the ineffectiveness of antibiotics on
overprescription and overmedication by America's doctors. Parents have
learned that antibiotics no longer work, but they don't understand why.
WHO now recognizes that the increased use of antibiotics in animal feed
has made treating human illnesses nearly impossible. Resistant strains
of bacteria are growing at an alarming rate. Hundreds of millions of
people effected with tuberculosis, typhoid, hepatitis, malaria,
pneumonia, and other diseases have developed resistance to traditional
antibiotic treatment. Evidence exists that drug-resistant strains of
bacteria have crossed from one species to another, infecting humans.
When we eat the flesh of an animal whose growth has been promoted by
antibiotics, and whose body fluids contain those same antibiotics and
new strains of bacteria resistant to those antibiotics, we are asking
Thursday, June 15
THE BOTTOM LINE ON STUPIDITY
Bottom Line, a subsidiary of Boardroom Publications, publishes a monthly
health newsletter. The July 2000 issue (vol. 14, no. 7) contains
front-page advice regarding diabetes.
Francine Kaufman, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Program,
Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, writes that sugar in corn starch
takes up to six hours to break down in the body and, in doing so, helps
to prevent a rapid fall in sugar levels which often causes
diabetes-induced comas or seizures.
Kaufman advises taking one or two teaspoons of cornstarch with a glass
In July of 1992, the New England Journal of Medicine reported:
"Studies have suggested that bovine serum albumin is the milk protein
responsible for the onset of diabetes."
In October of 1992, Scientific American, responding to additional
studies linking milk consumption to diabetes, wrote:
"The National Dairy Board slogan, 'Milk, It Does a Body Good,' sounds a
little hollow these days."
In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon Murch, MD, of
the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology of the Royal Free Hospital
in London wrote:
"Cow's milk proteins are unique in one respect: in industrialized
countries they are the first foreign proteins entering the infant gut,
since most formulations for babies are cow milk-based. The first pilot
stage of our IDD prevention study found that oral exposure to dairy milk
proteins in infancy resulted in both cellular and immune response...this
suggests the possible importance of the gut immune system to the
pathogenesis of IDD."
Wednesday, June 14
COWS ON PARADE!
Please visit http://www.notmilk.com/cowpie.html for the whole
story and graphics.
Tuesday, June 13
STALEMATES AND CHEATS
When two people play a game of chess, four possible events can occur.
Black wins, white wins, there is a tie, or somebody cheats and the
remaining pieces get thrown on the floor. Are we simply pawns in
FDA's game? Must we act like children and hold our breath until we
Federal law mandates that agencies such as the FDA respond to a
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request no later than twenty days
after said receipt.
I have learned the hard way that FDA is playing more than chess,
they're playing hardball, and in the bottom of the ninth, they've
decided to take the bats and balls and bases and go home.
I filed an FOIA request (#00005465) on March 17, 2000. Today marks
the 62nd day, or 42 days past the legal time limit for FDA's
I filed another FOIA request (#00007428) on April 13, 2000, which is
now 41 days ago.
FDA is arrogant. They continuously break the law and thumb their
noses at America's citizens who have no such freedom to obtain
information that has been promised by the Justice Department. I have
nowhere to turn and my letters to Congress have been ignored. To
some this problem might seem to be too small. I can see their point.
The tip of an iceberg is also very small, but we have got a Titanic
problem. We are a society in which our laws and values have broken
down, and FDA is immune from the law.
Monday, June 12
PAYING SPIRITUAL RESPECT
"Man cannot pretend to he higher in ethics, spirituality, advancement,
or civilization than other creatures, and at the same time live by lower
standards than the vulture or hyena."
Jay Dinshah 1933 - 2000
Last December, I was one of two hundred who attended a vegetarian
conference in Gainesville, Florida.There were speakers and workshops,
and a bookstore was maintained by Jay and and his wife, Freya.I
purchased $300 worth of books because they were wonderful books, and I
wanted them to be a part of my library.I felt good about buying those
books from the Dinshahs because, in doing so, I was helping in a very
small way to support their mission: to help share the vegan lifestyle
through their own example, by motivating and teaching and loving
In May of 2000, I spoke with Jay.He told me that he would
have to leave earlier for the Toronto Vegan festival because
the border crossing would take nearly a full day as each book and tape
would be inventoried and tariffs paid for every single item.Jay was
not looking forward to the experience.
Last Thursday, Freya found Jay in his study, dead on the floor.
There was no sickness and no warning.Jay had been working early, as he
has done every day for the past forty years.Freya will continue their
When a loved one dies, those who pay respect do so by sending flowers or
making generous donations to a church or foundation.Rather than making
a donation, please do something very different.Call the American Vegan
Society (856-694-2887) and order a book.Order ten books.Order
one hundred books.Buy the book for yourself.Buy the book for a
friend.Buy books for libraries.Buy children's books.Buy cookbooks.
That would be a tribute to Jay, and I can imagine his smile.
Author Joanne Stepaniak wrote:
"In 1960, the American Vegan Society was born in the United States,
founded by Jay Dinshah. It wholly embraced, and continues to embrace,
the principles of its British predecessor, advocating a strictly
plant-based diet and lifestyle free of animal products. In addition, the
American Vegan Society promotes the philosophy of Ahimsa, a Sanskrit
word interpreted as "dynamic harmlessness," along with advocating
service to humanity, nature and creation. In other words, in order to
practice veganism, it is not sufficient to simply avoid specific foods
and products; it is necessary to actively participate in beneficial
selfless action as well."
Jay Dinshah wrote:
"The Pillars of Ahimsa indisputably represent the clearest, surest path
out of the jungle, and toward the attainment of that highly desirable
Help support Jay's organization.Your tribute and blessing would be
to plant the seeds of knowledge contained within the thousands of books
in the American Vegan Society's catalogue.Be true to Jay's spirit and
support his mission.In death, you can renew Jay's life.
Call 856-694-2887 and pay your respects by respecting Jay's mission.
With knowledge, there is truth, and with truth, Ahimsa.
Sunday, June 11
Guest editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle
Early Sexual Maturity and Milk Hormones
By Robert Cohen, Sunday, 11 June 2000
June is that special month honoring dads and grads. I have been blessed
with three daughters; the first in high school, the second in middle
school, and the third in elementary school. The excitement of three
graduations recently produced a sense of nostalgia, and a trip to my
attic located a sought-after goal; a box of dad's "old" school photos.
My youngest daughter is in sixth grade, and my own sixth grade
photograph brought about pleasant memories. It also triggered a
surprise. Most of the boys in my class looked sharp in their Cub Scout
uniforms, and our crew cuts depicted the symbolic hairstyle of the early
60's. Photos of my eleven-year-old friends resemble today's young boys.
Little has changed, and generations of boys have been made of frogs and
snails and puppy dog tails. Today's little girls, though, are shockingly
Eleven-year old girls from my day were flat-chested. There is no
denying the photographic evidence. A scan of today's pre-teen schoolyard
cannot disguise the number of large-busted sexually mature girls. A
recent series of phone calls to my friends confirmed that my own
experience was not unusual. Today's girls are very different. In my
own sixth grade photo, there was Gail with pigtails, and Ellen with her
irresistible smile, hands neatly folded on her desk. One little girl
after another exhibited none of the budding signs of early sexual
development that baffle today's sociologists and endocrinologists.
Today, little girls are made up of more than just sugar, spice, and
everything nice. These girls of the twenty-first century are maturing
earlier than last generation's children, and something is very different
about their womanly physical attributes and behavior. Could there be a
food link to this mystery?
In 1970, according to the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA), the dairy industry produced 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. The
population of the United States was 203 million, which translates to an
average of 10.8 pounds of cheese per person. By 1990, America's
population had grown to 248 million, and Americans were eating more
cheese, 6 billion pounds worth. That's an average of 24 pounds per
person. In 1994, the average American consumed 27.7 pounds of cheese.
As we pass from one millennium into another, America's per-capita cheese
consumption has broken the 30-pound per person level. America's rate of
cheese consumption is skyrocketing. Since ten pounds of milk are
required to produce just one pound of cheese, three hundred pounds of
milk are used to manufacture that thirty pounds of cheese.
The USDA publishes yearly food consumption data. In 1999, the average
American consumed a combined 5 ounces per day of meat and chicken, and
29.2 ounces of milk and dairy products. That's 666 pounds per year per
American of dairy products, making this group the largest component of
America's diet. Concentrated milk in the form of increased cheese
consumption means that concentrated hormones are being consumed.
Every sip of cow's milk contains 59 different bioactive hormones,
according to endocrinologist Clark Grosvenor in the Journal of Endocrine
Reviews in 1992. Milk has always been a hormonal delivery system,
providing nursing infants with nature's perfect food for the young of
each species. Thousands of studies published in respected peer-reviewed
scientific journals report that lactoferrins, immunoglobulins, and
hormones in human breast milk provide enormous benefit for nursing
humans. In other words, hormones in milk work to exert powerful
effects. Each species of mammal has a different formula. Cow's milk
contains hormones, and nursing on cow's milk will deliver these hormones
to the human body.
As a little girl becomes a big girl, then a mature woman, she will
naturally produce in her lifetime the equivalent of only one tablespoon
of estrogen. Hormones work on a nanomolecular lever, which means that
it takes only a billionth of a gram to produce a powerful biological
effect. Should little girls be encouraged to pop estrogen,
progesterone, and prolactin pills each day? If they drink cow's milk,
that is just what they are doing. If they eat cheese and ice cream,
they ingest concentrated forms of these hormones.
Is early sexual maturity a bad thing, healthwise? Dr. Catherine Berkey,
of Brigham Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, examined data from
65,000 participants in the Harvard Nurses' Health Study. Her findings
were published in the journal Cancer in 1999. Of the participants, 806
developed breast cancer before menopause and 1,485 developed breast
cancer after menopause. Dr. Berkey's comment: "Earlier menarche and
taller adult height were predictive of elevated breast carcinoma risk.
Our work provided evidence that breast [cancer] risk is influenced by
preadulthood factors, and thus prevention efforts that begin in
childhood and adolescence may someday be useful."
Is it possible to do a controlled scientific study testing this theory?
Such a study was actually performed on an entire nation. There is one
country where milk consumption was unknown before 1946. In Japan, in
every year since 1946, 20,000 persons from 6,100 households have been
interviewed and their diets carefully analyzed along with their weights
and heights and other factors such as cancer rates and age of puberty
(the last measured by the onset of menstruation in young girls). The
results of the study were published in Preventive Medicine by Kagawa in
Japan had been devastated by losing a war and was occupied by American
troops. Americanization included dietary changes. Milk and dairy
products were becoming a significant part of the Japanese diet.
According to this study, the per-capita yearly dietary intake of dairy
products in 1950 was only 5.5 pounds. Twenty- five years later, the
average Japanese ate 117.4 pounds of milk and dairy products.
In 1950, the average twelve-year old Japanese girl was 4'6" tall and
weighed 71 pounds. By 1975, the average Japanese girl, after changing
her diet to include milk and dairy products containing 59 different
bioactive hormones, had grown an average of 4 1/2 inches and gained 19
pounds. In 1950, the average Japanese girl had her first menstrual
cycle at the age of 15.2 years. Twenty five years later, after a daily
intake of estrogen and progesterone from milk, the average Japanese girl
was ovulating at the age of 12.2 years, three years younger. Never
before had such a dramatic dietary change been seen in such a unique
Little girls do not take birth control pills (those hormones are
produced from horse urine). Little girls do not inject steroids, and do
not require estrogen replacement therapy. Little girls are born with
bodies that are genetically pre-programmed to transform them into women.
By drinking cow's milk, little girls become big girls long before Mother
Saturday, June 10
GUESS WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING?
This past week, a full-page ad appeared in many of America's largest
newspapers, asking the above question. In the ad was a large glass of
milk, a cup of cream, a pat of butter, some sausage and bacon, and each
had the tag "Contains Dioxin."
I spoke with the author of that public service message, Monica Rohde,
who runs the dioxin campaign for the Center for Health, Environment and
CHEJ and hundreds of other organizations anxiously await the
soon-to-be-issued report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Our preview of EPA's report reveals that the report will say that the
dioxins in our milk and cheese are ten times more of a cancer risk than
had been previously believed.
Last summer, the dairy industry closed in Brussels for one month because
milk and dairy products were found to contain 100 times the safe level
of dioxins. A few months ago, tests on Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream
revealed that America's delicious dessert contained 200 times the safe
level of dioxins. When Ben & Jerry's learned that their product
contained dangerously high levels of dioxins, their response was "It's
in the environment."
Our response? Indeed! Eat body fluids from diseased animals and you
eat concentrated quantities of pesticides and dioxins. Concentrate
these body fluids into cheese (10 pounds of milk make 1 pound of cheese)
or ice cream (12 pounds of milk make one pound of ice cream) and you
Friday, June 9
APPLES AND ORANGES
Before children learn their ABCs, they are taught to add concepts, like
apples and oranges. First grade students know that six apples plus six
oranges make a lot of fruit salad, but do not add up to twelve pieces of
fruit with the same name.
The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) are supporting genetic
engineering and, in doing so, applying an extremely convoluted form of
logic. Do apple growers commingle their fruit with fresh picked produce
from orange or peach farms? Do soy growers mix their little white beans
with kernels of corn? GMA expects Americans to believe that genetically
engineered corn cannot be separated from the wholesome product which it
replaced. Don't farmers go from field to field, harvest their crops,
and ship it to the processor separately? Why would anybody mix wheat
and barley or grapes and potatoes?
Genetically engineered foods are very different, and herein lies the
problem. If I buy juice, I want to know the ingredients. If I buy
bread, I have a right to know whether milk powder was used to make that
bread. Labeling laws exist because consumers have a right to know what
they are eating.
GMA has long forgotten that apples and oranges have different
characteristics. I don't go to the supermarket to buy fruit. I go to
buy apples or oranges.
It would be an easy matter for growers to segregate their crops and for
processors to process one product or the other. It has come time to
calculate the risks, and the explanations of biotechnology supporters
just do not add up.
Thursday, June 8
TROUBLE SWALLOWING THEIR TALE
Unless I metamorphosed myself into a Kafke-like vision of a black
swallowtail butterfly, I will always remain a human. I will not become
a guinea pig or a rabbit or a chimpanzee, and I will certainly not
become a rat unless I one day sell out and go to work for the Food &
The point I wish to make in today's column is that I am not a laboratory
animal, and laboratory animals are not humans.
Hundreds of years ago, Jonathan Swift wrote about an island of research
scientists that floated above the earth's surface. Swift's descriptions
of research studies appear as absurd to today's reader as present-day
research will appear to 22nd century philosophers, sociologists, and
If I was to examine just one tree in the Amazon rainforest, I would be
able to produce 6,000 different species of life occupying a living
eco-system. Each of those species interacts synergistically with the
others, and each of those species is an individual unto itself and
completely different from its neighbors. Some species are killed if the
temperatures get too hot, and some thrive and multiply in the heat. Some
creatures are killed by pollens from a neighboring plant, while others
use that pollen for food. Nature is diverse in its beauty and
characteristics, and it would be absurd to compare a swallowtail
butterfly to a mallard duck despite the fact that both fly. Why then do
scientists expect to extrapolate swallowtail butterfly research data to
demonstrate human safety?
On Tuesday, June 6, the New York Times Science section contained a story
with this headline:
"Type of Biotech Corn Found to be Safe to a Butterfly Species"
Within that same article, it was reported that the researchers found
that another type of biotech corn was toxic to swallowtail butterflies.
Is the public's perception of genetic engineering to be formed by the
whims and skills of a headline writer? The researcher performing the
study suggested that 100 different species of butterflies and moths
could be affected by genetically engineered pollen. However, that key
piece of information was not revealed until the end of the column and
was certainly not indicated by the misleading headline.
Humans are not butterflies. The deception of science and government
regulatory agencies is that Americans are made to believe that
genetically engineered foods are identical to those foods which they
replaced. The phrase that these regulators use is "substantial
equivalence." I see their point and agree that I am substantially
equivalent to the swallowtail butterfly. Like that angel of flight, I
too wish to be free.
Wednesday, June 7
In John Grisham's "Pelican Brief," two Supreme Court justices are
assassinated, and a young law student (in the movie version, Julia
Roberts) figures out the big business/big law firm conspiracy
Monsanto groomed one of their attorneys, Clarence Thomas, for the
Supreme Court. In 1978, Thomas worked for King & Spaulding, Monsanto's
One day, biotechnology issues are going to reach the Supreme Court, and
one can only anticipate Thomas' payback for his former employer. I have
investigated other justices and had yet to find a connection to
biotechnology firms. That is until this past Sunday.
The New York Times Business section (Sunday, June 4, 2000) ran an
article about Microsoft's anti-trust case, and cited the newest justice,
a Clinton-appointee, Stephen Breyer. That article got my attention when
it reported a speech made by Justice Breyer a few weeks ago at a
biotechnology conference in Massachusetts.
Supreme Court justices are supposed to be unbiased, yet Breyer's
comments included this statement:
"I believe that in this age of science we must build legal foundations
that are sound in science, as well as in law."
Justice Breyer is on the board of directors of DANA-FARBER Cancer
Institute, which is now performing clinical trials on genetically
engineered therapies. Those trials include pharmaceuticals that are
before FDA for fast-track approval. One of those drugs is thalidomide,
which will be used in breast cancer studies.
Supreme Court justices should be attorneys and scholars with unbiased
credentials. There are now two justices on the Supreme Court who may
very well one day make the difference by casting their votes for those
whose bottom line is making money.
Tuesday, June 6
BATGIRL is no longer CLUELESS.
Alicia Silverstone may be just 23 years old, but she has great wisdom,
and she's become the darling of the NOTMILK movement. At a recent
promotion tour for her new movie-musical adaptation of Shakespeare's
"Love's Labour's Lost," Silverstone admitted that she has become a new
person since giving up all dairy products two years ago.
Silverstone sings in the new movie and recognizes what opera stars and
Broadway performers have long known. Milk or cheese before a
performance will create a nasal voice and cause stomach distress to the
performer. Silverstone commented:
"It's like pure mucous. It's just creepy. No other species drinks milk
from any other species. It's completely mental."
Alicia was asked what happened to her body when she stopped consuming
milk and dairy products.
"My skin became, like, completely glowy. I lost all this weight. I
started pooping right."
Here's something we would like to see. Alicia, how about posing for
carrot juice-mustache ad to grace the NOTMILK site? More and more young
fans are beginning to follow your lead.
The most recent issue of the dairy industry magazine Hoard's Dairyman
(May 25, 2000) contains an editorial complaining about the growing
popularity of vegetarian diets among high school and college students.
"Rare is the family gathering that doesn't include at least one teen who
will pass on the beef or pork, if not the dairy products and chicken as
Silverstone has become an advocate for both animal and people rights.
By abusing animals, we abuse our own bodies. The actress said:
"They take…the cows that are deemed unfit for human consumption, and
they're all ground up and fed back to cows and chickens and turkeys and
Alicia, we applaud you. You are a role model who has forsaken millions
in endorsements to promote good health by your ethical and compassionate
Monday, June 5
SHOOT THE HEADLINE WRITER
Yesterday's New York Times acted responsibly by placing a genetic
engineering story in their Sunday edition (June 4, 2000). However, key
words, such as biotechnology and genetic engineering were missing from
the headline, which read:
"Modified Foods Put Companies in a Quandary"
The Times should have slammed hypocritical food manufacturers by
exposing their contradictory policies. Many companies respond to
consumer demands by removing genetically modified organisms from one
product while leaving it in another. Frito-Lay announced that it would
not use genetically engineered corn in its Dorito chips, but continues
to use corn syrup made from genetically engineered corn in its Pepsi.
McDonalds no longer accepts genetically engineered potatoes for its
French fries, but cooks those fries in vegetable oil made from
Monsanto's genetically engineered corn.
Gerber Baby Foods has banned genetically engineered ingredients from
creamed corn and mixed vegetables, but what is now safer for babies does
not apply to adults. Gerber is owned by Novartis, the Swiss
pharmaceutical company that produces the seeds for genetically
One very interesting comment was buried deep within the article. Kraft
Foods' chief executive, Betsy Holden, commented that consumers were
supporting genetically engineered foods and that her company had
received very few complaints. The last part of her comment was what I
found very interesting. Holder said:
"Consumer calls here are very low. We get more calls about aspartame."
The largest anti-aspartame Internet website http://www.dorway.com is
owned by the passionate and dedicated webmaster of the NOTMILK site,
Dave's 15 hour/7 days per week mission has a common denominator,
Monsanto. Although Monsanto recently sold off its aspartame unit and
merged with Upjohn forming a new company, Pharmacia, they continue to
reap benefits from those poisons in our food supply.
Sunday, June 4
NON-DAIRY WHIPPED FRENZY
I was away from home this weekend and brought along my meals. One dozen
bananas, six apples, and six pears were my nourishment. Arriving home,
my daughters surprised me with a homemade cake. "No milk, dad! No eggs
or animal products." Their enthusiasm became my pleasure, and despite
my pledge to eat just raw fruit and veggies, I promised my daughters
that I would have a small piece this evening.
The drive home took six hours, and I pulled into the driveway at the
same time as my wife with her carload of groceries. Tired as I was, I
helped carry packages to the kitchen and began to un-bag and put away
sundries into the fridge and kitchen cabinets. One item caught my eye.
"Why did you buy this," I asked?
There in my hand was an eight-ounce container of supermarket brand
non-dairy dessert topping. My wife and kids have heard me lecture about
the hidden presence of dairy products in food on many occasions. The
front of a package often claims that the product is dairy-free, and the
small print on the rear of that same package reveals that the non-dairy
cream-like topping contains sodium caseinate, a milk derivative.
Cancer fears occupy the thoughts of most American woman over the age of
30, and my wife, Lisa is no exception. Every twinge or lump becomes
cause for concern, and the dairy link to breast cancer is supported by
hundreds of scientific studies.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor of nutritional science at Cornell
University links the milk protein casein as a factor in breast cancer.
Columnist Jane Brody of the New York Times called Campbell's "China
Project" the "Cadillac of nutritional studies." The best nutritional
advice can be accessed at Dr. Campbell's site. Review the following
studies and be armed with the facts about living a healthy lifestyle:
My family has not yet learned how to read labels. This is very
frustrating to me. If the label says "casein," it's from a cow. Let
this column embarrass my wife and put the woman in charge of my family's
food budget on notice. From hereon, if the label says casein, I will
be throwing the product in the garbage.
Saturday, June 3
THE COWS ARE COMING TO NEW YORK
Five hundred fiberglass cow sculptures will occupy New York City's five
boroughs beginning next week, and this NOTMILKMAN is not pleased.
Last summer, a similar cow parade graced the streets of Chicago, and
proved to be an enormous tourist attraction.
It is estimated that 40 million people saw the Chicago cow parade. Cows
were decorated in calico, madras, stripes, stars, and clown costumes.
New York city sponsors are paying $7500 per cow. This should generate
nearly $4 million dollars for the sponsor.
These parades celebrate animal abuse, and the city of Cincinnati is
planning a pig parade for the Fall. Miami will follow with a flamingo
or dolphin parade according to Connecticut attorney Jerome Elbaum, owner
of the cow parade statues.
The dairy industry will be sponsoring many of the cows. People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wanted to sponsor a cow to decry
animal abuse, but their request was denied. PETA is now in court suing
for that right.
Anybody have an appropriate idea as to how to deal with this summer's
Friday, June 2
There is a phony Internet site called PLANET VEGGIE, and they are only
in it for the money.
They promote cruelty-free products.
The lead story on their website says:
"Don't Kill Your Mother
Have you ever looked into a cow's eyes?
Have you ever seen her get killed?"
In the name of vegetarianism and non-animal abuse, this website
sells powdered goat's milk. In order for a goat to produce milk
for human consumption, she must first birth a baby goat. On goat
farms, what do you imagine happens to the baby males?
Thursday, June 1
WATCH WHERE YOU STEP
The news from California is not good for Old MacDonald's family farm.
A giant West Coast cotton-growing company is getting into the dairy
business, and the enormity of their project terrifies traditional family
dairy farms. California has just approved a 48,000-cow factory farm,
authorized by the Kings County board of supervisors. The 6,000-acre
farm will be spilt into four separate dairies.
The average cow in America produces 20,500 pounds of milk per year.
That includes Brown Swiss, Jerseys, and Guernseys. The largest,
best-producing, hormone-treated Holsteins produce upwards of 30,000
pounds per animal per year. This new operation has the potential to
produce nearly 1.5 billion pounds of milk annually.
Greater than 50% of America's milk is used to make ice cream and cheese,
and America's intake of saturated fats through these products is
soaring, as liquid milk intake declines.
On February 3, 2000 (Day 89 of my hunger strike), I wrote:
"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."
The 48,000 cows on that future California farm will produce 3,682,200
pounds of manure per day, or enough manure to occupy 57,534 cubic feet.
That's 21 million cubic feet per year.
One cubic foot of manure would cover an area (1 mm thick/the width of 5
pieces of paper) equal to 300 square feet. The yearly deposit of feces
from 48,000 cows would cover 6.3 billion square feet, or 144,000 acres,
or 258.26 square miles.
That's enough manure to cover the entire city of Chicago and have plenty
left over for San Francisco. Super factory farms are on their way to a
state near you. Watch where you step.
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