By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Hormone-Free Milk

Yesterday (April 26, 2003), I spoke at a church in Brooklyn,
New York. The congregation was receptive to a vegetarian
lecture. They were Seventh Day Adventists, and collectively
admired the work of an anti-milk pioneer, Ellen G. White.
White warned about milk and dairy products 77 years ago,
writing that one should "never" eat cheese. Despite that
message, most practitioners had "strayed" and although they
do not eat meat, dairy has become a major part of their

After my one hour lecture, we enjoyed a two hour question
and answer period. Each time I speak, I usually get the
following question:

"Is hormone-free milk healthy?"

There is no such thing as hormone-free milk. The healthiest
milk from the healthiest cow is naturally loaded with
lactoferrins, immunoglobulins, steroid, and protein growth
hormones. In an effort to provide their children with
healthy foods, mothers and fathers search out products that
are advertised to be "hormone free." Such marketing is
deceptive. When drinking body fluids from animals, or eating
their flesh, you ingest their naturally occurring hormones.

The largest producer of so-called hormone-free milk in
America is Horizon Farms.

Horizon's organic milk contains animal fat and cholesterol,
dioxins, and bacteria. The amount of somatic cells (pus) in
organic milk is lower than milk from non-organic cows, but
it's still dead white blood cells and dead bacteria. Ask
yourself this question. Does organic human breast milk sound
like a delicious drink for an adult human?

Instinctively, most people know that there are substances in
breast milk that are not intended for their adult bodies.
Same goes for pig's milk and dog's milk. Same for cow's

Some people may not be able to tolerate lactose, a milk
sugar. One hundred percent of humans are allergic to casein,
a milk protein. Eighty percent of the protein in Horizon's
organic dairy products is casein, the same glue used to
adhere a label to a bottle of beer. Eat casein and your body
produces histamines, then mucous. This sludge congests your
organs. Give up all milk and dairy products for just one
week and an internal "fog" will lift from your body.

Is genetically engineered milk dangerous? You bet! Organic
milk contains just a little bit less of the same hormones. I
find there to be very little difference between the two.

The people at Horizon want you to believe that their cows
are so happy that they've trademarked the phrase "Happy
Cows." Each year, one out of three Horizon happy cows are
sent on a truck ride to hell, the slaughterhouse. Ask
Horizon if they would allow you to become witness to the
final 24 hours of a happy cow's life.

Horizon pretends to have happy cows, yet these animal's
udders become so large that it is necessary to milk them
three times per day. Most dairy farms milk their cows once
or twice each day.

Horizon pretends to have happy family farms, but nothing
could be more distant from the truth. On March 9th, 1999,
the World Street Journal wrote:

"Horizon buys about 40% of its milk from other organic-dairy
operations, but it has two farms of its own, in Idaho with
3,700 milking cows, and Maryland with 500 cows. The company
is looking to establish a third farm...and have a capacity
for 2,000 cows..."

Folks, Horizon runs a factory-farm operation. I've
investigated the Idaho farm which actually contains nearly
7,000 cows. Each animal produces 80 pounds of body wastes
daily. That's 560,000 pounds of excrement and urine each day
entering Idaho's environment.

How does Horizon fool so many people all of the time?

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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