|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
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 diet. 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 milk. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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