The Dairy Education Board
Diary for June 2000

By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text

June 2000 Hungerstrike Diary (1 June is day 1)
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24 Do vegetarians make better lovers?
23 Rutgers Study
19 Independent article supportive of the NOTMILK stance
14 New York - Cows on Parade
11 Early Sexual Maturity and Milk Hormones
06 BATGIRL is no longer CLUELESS

*************** 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 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. news=1 We urge you to join the dairy industry's milk boycott for July 4th and continue it until the next millennium. Robert Cohen ***************** 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. SECOND OPINIONS 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 commented: "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 salmonella." 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? Robert Cohen ****************** 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 and play." 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 class. 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 room temperature. Before leaving, I took some of the free literature provided by the dairy industry. 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 concentrated poison. 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. Robert Cohen **************** 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. Robert Cohen *************** 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 human ailments. Glaxo's most effective advice may very well be contained on their new website: (link now broken) Rather than promote a drug for treating migraine headaches, Glaxo advises: "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 pharmaceuticals? Robert Cohen *************** 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 lactose. 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 vegetarians. I have given this information to Joe's agent, Bill Yardley who can be reached at: (800-636-7445) 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. Robert Cohen ***************** 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! Robert Cohen *************** 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 supermarket vegetables. 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 (X) factor. 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. Rutgers University 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. ************************ Robert Cohen ***************** Thursday, June 22 EARLY PUBERTY 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 hormones. 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 yours. Robert Cohen ****************** Wednesday, June 21 COMPASSIONATE VEGETARIANS 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 cow. 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. Robert Cohen **************** 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 Television's agenda. Things do not happen by accident. Many millions of dollars are funneled to the media by the dairy industry and those investments pay off. Robert Cohen *************** Monday, June 19 Read an independent article supportive of the NOTMILK stance. Robert Cohen *************** 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 identical. 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 genetically engineered. 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 approval. Robert Cohen ***************** 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 bull. Colorado State University has developed a new method of artificial insemination to increase the odds that next year's calves will be female. 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 billion pounds. Robert Cohen *************** 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 Resistance." 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 for trouble. Robert Cohen ****************** 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 of milk. 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." Robert Cohen ****************** Wednesday, June 14 COWS ON PARADE! Please visit 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 turn blue? 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 response. 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. Robert Cohen *************** 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 others. 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 mission. 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 goal." 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. Robert Cohen *************** 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 different. 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 1978. 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 population study. 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 Nature intended. Robert Cohen ***************** 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 Justice (CHEJ). 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 increase risk. Robert Cohen ************** 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. Robert Cohen **************** 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 & Drug Administration. 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 scientists. 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. Robert Cohen ***************** Wednesday, June 7 SUPREME INSULT 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 connection. Monsanto groomed one of their attorneys, Clarence Thomas, for the Supreme Court. In 1978, Thomas worked for King & Spaulding, Monsanto's law firm. 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. Robert Cohen *************** 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. Hoard's writes: "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 well." 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 pigs." Alicia, we applaud you. You are a role model who has forsaken millions in endorsements to promote good health by your ethical and compassionate message. Robert Cohen ************** 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 engineered corn. 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 is owned by the passionate and dedicated webmaster of the NOTMILK site, Dave Rietz. 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. Robert Cohen ************** 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. Robert Cohen **************** 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 bovine invasion? Robert Cohen ************** Friday, June 2 CRUELTY FREE? 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? What phonies! Robert Cohen **************** 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. Robert Cohen *************************************************************** Subscribe to the Egroup NOTMILK forum. Send Email to: