When I read the post on GiggleSugar about the obscure Craigslist ad requesting people to suggest flavors for their homemade breast milk ice cream, I thought it was a joke. Apparently not. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is also hopping on the breast milk ice cream boat and are now urging Ben & Jerry's to make the switch from cow's milk to breast milk.
Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA, sent a letter directly to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, saying PETA feels the transition away from cow's milk will reduce the suffering of cows and provide customers with healthier products (Um, since when is ice cream considered healthy?). The letter also said that dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, and obesity. Another PETA representative said she knew this idea sounded crazy, but it's no more absurd than humans consuming milk from another species.
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Since Ben & Jerry's factory is located in Vermont, a state filled with extremely open-minded people, these ice cream makers did applaud PETA's efforts, but felt that breast milk was best left for babies. A La Leche spokeswoman said that breast milk and cow's milk aren't interchangeable and that each mom makes a unique formula for her baby's needs, meaning it's not meant for just anyone. Ben & Jerry's responded with a statement that cow's milk has proven to be a healthy part of American diets for many years, and they're not ready to make the change. Well that's a nice way to say, "This idea is udderly ridiculous!"
My big question is, who would supply this milk, and could they possibly pump enough to fill the public's ice cream needs? I'm also wondering about the nutritional advantages, since PETA claims that breast milk is healthier. So I thought a side-by-side comparison would be in order here (wow, I never thought I'd ever be posting about this). Now I can see that cow's milk is actually healthier — less calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, and cholesterol, and more protein.
I'm thinking that the overall reaction here is "Eww," but maybe I'm wrong. What do you think of this idea?