Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This is deeply weird:
VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman. [...]

PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.
Obviously, this is nothing more than PETA being provocative to keep itself in the news. That said, it's kind of amusing to imagine the logistics of trying to produce enough human milk to replace the cow's milk we use in this country.

In August, the USA produced 14.5 billion pounds of milk. With milk weighing in at 8.5 lbs/gallon, that's about 1.7 billion gallons per month. Now, assuming a US population of 150 million females, and further assuming all 150 million are lactacting simultaneously (yikes!), that's a production of 11 gallons of milk per month per person. If we were to try such a thing, I would have to join the protesters to stop the exploitation of women in this country!


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