|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Milk chocolate is called a "comfort food" for good reason. This so-called snack is more than just psychologically addictive. Regular users of milk chocolate become addicts and slaves to a naturally occurring milk opiate that is similar to morphine. This is a part of Mother Nature's infinitely wonderous plan, to make nursing more than pleasurable. Casomorphin is addictive. That's why weaning is so difficult for any species of mammal. Man's folly is his ability to concentate milk products into so-called comfort foods and further create addicts to that naturally occurring milk opiate. What follows is the most distressing and morally offensive story that I have ever witnessed. M & M's once melted in people's mouths not in their hands. After reading today's column, those same M & M's will melt and fuse the most disturbing image into your soul. I grew up in New York City in the 1950s, and like any child loved candy, particularly chocolate. In the late 50s, it was safe enough for a third grade student to walk from P.S. 78 in the Bronx to a Boston Road pizzeria, where a slice was just 15 cents and the soda a dime. I would have plenty left over from the dollar bill given to me by my mother to enjoy a pocket filled with chocolate treats from the corner candy store. My favorite candy was contained within a large glass jar. These miniature models of little chocolate babies were addictive! I did not know until recently that a naturally occurring opiate, a morphine-like substance in milk, casomorphin, would be the source of my insatiable love for chocolate. I just knew what I liked. Casomorphin has been identified as a factor in attention deficit disorder and autism: http://www.notmilk.com/aa.html What made these treats special was how lifelike they looked. Each piece was a tiny brown chewy doll with distinct facial features. Other kids on my block and in my school called these chocolate candies "nigger babies." Black children had to endure the stereotypes created by a world in which there were still civil war survivors. Rosa Parks had not yet taken her famous bus ride. Martin Luther King had not yet had his dream. The 1950s was a time in which Little Black Sambo was a goodnight story many pre-schoolers were read before bed. I can still remember the illustrations. There were no Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein books to enlighten 6-year-olds. One of the most popular comedy TV shows was Amos & Andy, and the Jack Benny comedy show had a character, Rochester, who was no role model of equality for children of African heritage. Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson were still in school, and Al Sharpton had not yet offended his first white brother. Fifty years later, the world has changed, and much of the physical, and psychological slavery imposed upon those with black skin has disappeared. We still have some work to do, of course, but things in America have changed so that opportunities for all people of all color have merged twenty-first century America into a melting pot of many cultures and races. Our national motto, from many into one, E pluribus unum, is now a matter of national pride and reality. This is not so in the rest of the world. DO YOU SUPPORT SLAVERY? There is an injustice, and the oppressed children of the nation of Ivory Coast and adjacent terror-tories are being sold into slavery to support one industry. GOT CHOCOLATE? Hershey, Nestle, and Mars candy bar lovers have got to come to terms with this one. Most of the world's cocoa beans are grown on the more than 600,000 cocoa farms located in the nation of Ivory Coast. BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE Tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes and sold into slavery. These children plant, pick, bag, and carry the beans for plantation owners. Lawrence T. Graham, president of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association admits: "The industry alone can't fix this. We're dealing with a sovereign government." Chocolate manufactures have known about slavery for many years and have not done a thing about it. Perhaps it's now time for consumers to act. MILK CHOCOLATE Milk chocolate is the weakness of American dieters. The first ingredient is sugar. The second ingredient is milk. The third ingredient is the cocoa bean, brought directly to you upon the blood, sweat, and tears of children living in slavery. With each bit of chocolate that melts in your mouth, you also deliver allergenic proteins and bovine growth hormones to your cells. With each bite of chocolate, you endorse the world's greatest injustice. Sneaker and clothing manufacturers have suffered the anger of a buying public, who, aware of inequities, refuse to support companies responsible for such abuse. Chavez led a movement that exposed the plight of migrant workers. Slavery takes this abuse of humans to a new level. Chocolate consumers must be made aware that the purchase of each candy bar continues to support the world's most horrifying secret. Chocolate milk drinkers of the world unite! African American school children are the targets of dairy industry marketing. Drink dairy or soy chocolate milk and add fuel to a system that perpetrates slavery.
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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