By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

September 6, 1999: the New York Times headline read...


E. coli bacteria live in the intestines of dairy cows, and
upper New York State loves its county fairs.

Children come to see blue-ribboned cows and pigs auctioned
to the highest bidder.  They eat ice cream and pose for milk
mustaches at dairy sponsored festivals.

They eat undercooked flesh from diseased animals and drink
their body fluids and are surprised when they get sick.

State officials, usually at a loss for the etiology of such
infections, tested the water in an aquifer supplying the
Washington County fairgrounds and turned up high levels of
E. coli bacteria.

They hypothesized that runoff from animals caused the
unusually high levels of E. coli in the water.

There are nine million dairy cows in America.   A cow can
produce up to 100 pounds of milk per day and can drink
double that amount of water. The rest of the liquid is
excreted into the fields or streams and becomes part of
America's aquifer system.  One billion pounds of diseased
urine each day contributes to our reservoirs and drinking
supplies in the most unwholesome of ways.

If New York State officials admit that E coli might have
come from animal wastes, what do you imagine you are
drinking when you turn on the faucet?

Got piss?  Get pissed!

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK - The Deadly Poison
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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