477 – The Lizard King: 04


In Ohio a federal court has ruled that you do not have the right to know if the milk you buy was taken from cattle pumped full of synthetic hormones (rBST and rBGH) designed to increase the output of milk and force the cows to lactate year-round. Also known as “crack for cows,” the hormones frequently sicken the animals due to the unnatural stresses they place on their bodies, and necessitate enormous usage of antibiotics — which then filter into the milk along with the excess hormones, and are consumed by humans. 

The ability of milk producers to label their milk as “hormone-free” was seen to have the potential to inform the consumer, and thus possibly affect the profitability of milk that contains synthetic hormones in a negative fashion. This was viewed by the court as more important than your right to know what you are eating, drinking, and giving to your families to eat and drink.

Japan, Canada, Australia, new Zealand, and all 27 nations of the European Union do not allow the use of synthetic hormones in cattle, period.

If you want to avoid synthetic hormones in your dairy products, I would suggest avoiding those made in the United States that do not carry the USDA Organic seal. (No synthetic hormones, genetically engineered organisms, antibiotics or toxic, persistent, pesticides.) Dairy from the countries where the hormones are banned are also good. Remember, it’s not unpatriotic to ask another American not to kill you.

16 Responses to 477 – The Lizard King: 04

  1. I am married to an American, and we have concluded that both Sweden and the US is doing about 50% of everything wrong. Strangely it is different 50%…

    I have toyed with the thought of somehow meld together Sweden and the US but somehow I find it most likely that it will be the wrong 50% that will be melded with the other wrong 50% of everything… Utopia has to wait…

  2. This is truly insane.

    Feeding hormones and all to the cattle is already bad, but then, it’s not surprising, as it helps to make more money. I wouldn’t expect less from businessmen.

    But now, the law, which is supposed to protect the citizen, sides with them??? o_O

  3. What are the sources on the pus in milk?

    There are somatic cells in all milk, but that’s natural. Somatic cells doesn’t equal pus. You’re shedding cells at this moment. Too many cells can indicate a problem, and that is why it is screened for. At least the cheese factory QA lab I temp at did, and they would refuse the tanker if it didn’t meet spec.

  4. The overproduction of milk causes ruptures in the cow’s udders which commonly becomes infected. Pus from the infected udders is milked out along with everything else.

    Bacteria from these infections are typically killed by the pasteurization process, and pus is largely non-somatic. (Are neutrophils considered somatic?) Anyway, it really isn’t something most people would choose to drink if they knew it was there. Fortunately the FDA created a specific ruling allowing milk producers not to include “pus” on their ingredients label.

  5. AND, there are certain levels of pus, and other unpleasant things, that by law are considered “acceptable” to be present in food products. Hells, by US law, there is a certain amount of roach parts and of rat feces that are considered “acceptable” to be present in any given food product. Those are included in what the various food production plants view as “meeting spec”. Got to love these laws we have that are supposedly there to protect us, huh? Needless to say, when I start my Empire, these will be eliminated. The Emperor does NOT want there to be ANY roach parts, pus, or rat feces in anybody’s food products, especially his own! EW! We are not amused!

    On the other hand, we -are- amused by the comic. 🙂

  6. This is why I stay away from all dairy products…. ok this and the wrenching pain in my gut if I do consume them, what with being lactose intolerant and all…

    Realistically, adults of any species were not meant to consume milk. Once we’re weaned we slowly lose the ability to digest the stuff. Since I am not a baby cow, I won’t drink milk meant for baby cows. Soy and Rice milk, though, that’s another story. ^_^

  7. The government was long ago ment to protect the People, but it quickly adapted to protecting itself. And since big busniess pays more then the People, government protects big busniess.

  8. You worry too much. Take a good look at the genetic engineering humans have been doing for thousands of years though selective breeding – see if you can find an original cow, or corn plant, or anything.
    Besides, if this stuff was going to harm you, you’d already be harmed.

  9. Actually you’ve got a point, it probably won’t really hurt you. I laugh that barbarians took better care of their livestock than us, but then, their lives depended on it. And no, the government is not there to protect you. The United States was designed so that only a few rich, white, slave-owning men (read: Masons) were allowed to vote. Think about it. We’re still in Feudalism but with pretty lights.

  10. I’m not lactose intolerant, but it does give me insane amounts of gas with no pain or other ill effects. I tried organic non homogenized milk once, and I have never had any problems from it. The research I have seen says that homogenization makes the fatty lysomes full of normal(Non artificial) milk enzymes/hormones small enough to pass through the walls of the digestive tract where they can muck up your body from the bloodstream, while they should stay inside the digestive tract where they are harmless in normal un-homogenized milk. I don’t know about rice milk, but a problem with soybean products is that the raw soybeans contains protein absorption enzyme inhibitors that can screw with your pancreas, so I stay away from most soy products where I am not absolutely sure of their cooking duration, or where they are fermented.

  11. Oh Great Emperor, you’re ruling for a food supply 100% free of foreign matter is truly wise. Now how do you wish to pay for it? 🙂 Until, we live in the Star Trek utopia of food synthesized from air, some disgusting and disturbing stuff is going to get into our food. The question is, is it actually harming us?

    The ‘pus in milk’ sites I’ve come across seem biased, misinformed, or both. The worse are just propaganda. A basic summary of their logic is that white blood cells are found in milk, WBCs fight infections, infections can lead to pus, there is pus in milk. It is working with some erroneous assumptions. Not all the cells counted are WBCs, and WBCs roam the body, their mere presence is not an indicator of infection. It might be, which is why there are limits on the counts at which point the milk is thrown away.

    Pus may be present even with low counts. It may even be present in hand milked, pasture fed, organic cows. Depending on its density, skimming might remove it. Pasteurization will get most of the bugs in the bugs, but its real purpose is the get the bugs that get in the milk after it leaves the cow. Bugs that could possibly get into any food.

    There are legitimate reasons to not consume milk. Same for unfermented soy products. Let’s talk about those. Using an emotional argument like ‘pus in milk’ just, well, irks me. Canola oil is linked to WMDs, so don’t use it. Come on, we can do better.

    As to the OP, stricter regulations concerning Listeria were slated to go on the books at the end of Clinton’s administration. There is always hope that things will get better. Of course, I think it was around that time when a meat packing plant got an USDA inspector’s damaging reports overturned in court around that time too.

  12. Okay! First, any discussion that starts with “How much pus do you want in your milk?” is to me an indicator that something is seriously awry. But since that is, as you put it, more of an emotional reaction, we’ll put it aside.

    I’ll start off by saying that I have not visited any of these “pus in milk” sites that have you irked. Now while white blood cells constitute the majority of pus, they alone are not the whole story. Pus is made mostly of liquor puris, along with dead cells, neutrophils, (white blood cells) and microphages… and of course whatever bacteria it is that the body is fighting. So, while finding white blood cells could mean any number of things, finding pus means an exposed area of infection that is contaminating the milk.

    While I might start a discussion about soy some day, that isn’t what I’m discussing here. You’re deflecting.

    As far as how to pay for a “pus purge” in milk… well that’s actually the easiest part of all of this. Cows are treated with rBST and rBGH in order to jack their production levels through the roof. (As much as ten times the amount they would ordinarily produce.) The reason why this much milk is needed is not to feed the consumer, there is an enormous milk surplus in this country, and a huge percentage is wasted just to keep the grocery store prices at sustainable levels. However, our government provides subsidies based of production levels, so making milk specifically to throw it away is a successful business model. All we have to do is stop paying for it. If we destroy the current business model which places all of our food production in the hands of giant ag-businesses, smaller, less efficient (meaning more jobs) farms and dairies will move back in. It won’t cost us anything, but the benefits would be great and far reaching.

    Oh, but if you’ve got a line on the Star Trek thing that’d be great too.

  13. So American Milk we get overly concentrated Antibiotics and Puss… however our only other alternative is Soy which is near lethal to consume unless it is filtered through systems of highly toxic chemicals…

    So either milk your own cow… or…
    …just stop drinking milk seems to be the best action.