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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:47 am 
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Um, how exactly would they get enough milk if they could get a big ice cream maker interested? Do you pasteurize? Here's the story, from Vermont's Rutland Herald:

PETA asks Ben & Jerry's to make ice cream out of breast milk

September 25, 2008

By DANIEL BARLOW Vermont Press Bureau

MONTPELIER — The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream this week to consider using human breast milk instead of cow's milk in their products.
PETA, an animal rights and vegetarian organization known for outrageous stunts, sent a letter to company co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on Tuesday saying consumers and cows would benefit from a switch to human breast milk.
"The breast is best!" wrote PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in the letter to the company. "Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben & Jerry's ice cream?"
The Virginia-based nonprofit organization's letter, which it made public on its Web site this week, ties the proposal to alleged health consequences from drinking dairy milk and the treatment of cows at some farms.
Lindsay Rajt, a spokesperson for PETA, said the organization made the request to Ben & Jerry's because of the company's record of supporting socially progressive causes. She said producing milk from cows for human consumption is hazardous to the animals and to the people who are drinking it.
"Ben & Jerry's is the big one," Rajt said. "We thought that they might be interested in becoming the first big ice cream producer to make the switch to human breast milk."
Ben & Jerry's had little to say about the proposal Wednesday — but they clearly were not signing onto the idea....

PETA cites a new restaurant opening in Switzerland called Storchen that plans to use human breast milk in its soups, stews and sauces.

more here: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs. ... 004/NEWS03

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:16 pm 
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Milking a cow is unethical? Give me a break.

Does remind me of something really funny though. When my first child was born I was friends with a woman down the hall who's baby was about two weeks younger. We were both breatfeeding our kids. Once when dh & I were visiting, I went in the kitchen with her to make coffee -- she whips it out and squirts milk into her husband's coffee. He said the coffee was really good, but a little bit to sweet. (I warned dh to not drink coffee from her anymore. :lol: )

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:13 pm 
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I'm sure I could have made enough to make ice cream..I could have fed the masses!

I remember driving home from my Moms after the Christmas holidays and I just had to pump (now I know why cows go back to the barn on their own at milking time :oops: )
I commented to my husband that I must not have rinced our the pump because it was foaming. He worked on a dairy farm as a teen and he said it was the cream. Apparently the rich food at Christmas made my breast milk richer. (sorry if it's TMI)

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I am with Susan, I could feed the masses. I haven't been nursing my little one for over a year now, and I am STILL leaking. But that is another story! Not that I would want to...and really, who would they market to? How many people do you know that did not say "eeewww" when they heard about this?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:57 pm 
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You women are too funny.

Now, not to squeeze every last drop out of this silly topic, but - even if you could get past the "eww" factor, can you imagine the may contain concerns on a mother's milk product?

e.g. OK, now what did you eat before pumping? And you, Sally?
A labelling nightmare.

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