Monday, September 8, 2008

some food for thought

Did you know that milk naturally has traces of morphine in it? Morphine, codeine and other opiates are naturally produced in cows's livers and end up in their milk. All milk contains casein, a protein that breaks apart during digestion and releases opiates. These opiates exist so that newborns will want to nurse, it actually ensures a bond between mothers and their young.
I have been reading this diet book called Skinny Bitch. I have never read a diet book before and started reading it in the bookstore because I couldn't understand how a diet book could be on the New York Times best seller list. I found the book to be somewhat hilarious (though, as the title suggests it's got some terrible language in it) and bought it. The guy at the checkout counter was like, "hey do you know that this book is all about becoming a vegan" and i was like "pshh, veganism the stupidest thing ever."
After reading about all the meat processing plants and all of the pesticides, disease and crap that is in meat I decided that I would probably never eat meat again. I did it for 2 years without any motivation that I can remember, so now that I actually have a reason it should be a breeze.
I mean all of those stupid billboards up in California that read "pets are people too" always made me really really angry. Mostly because I over generalize that the people who says that kind of stuff are generally pro choice too- which I am not. Anyway, the way that animals are being treated in these meat processing plants is not the way that I believe God intended for us to govern them. I have decided that I cannot be both pro life and a carnivore. The only time I could justify eating meat is if I knew that the animal being slaughtered had been treated humanely and fed completely naturally. i.e. Uncle Andy's sheep.
Someday my body (Lord willing) is going to be the temporary home for a child and right now there is so much crap in it that I can't even conceive of the idea of having a child (though I am sure all of my eggs are no better off than I am).
So as I've been reading this book I have been thinking that there is no possible way that I could give milk up, and I am still not convinced that I could - I mean, I truly am addicted to dairy, especially cheese. But this book is quite convincing that dairy is just as bad as meat. Cows being given steroids so that they produce more than a 100 pounds of milk a day (when they should really only be producing 10 pounds) and being sucked dry and having terrible oozing sores on their udders so that blood and puss mixes with the milk requiring it to be pasteurized which destroys beneficial enzymes and makes calcium less available. Plus if the cows are sick the antibiotics that they are given goes right into their milk production and hence our bodies. Also another study shows that consuming high amounts of dairy blocks iron absorption which leads to iron deficiency - which I am pretty sure I suffer from.
Conclusion - I might really be addicted to milk and need to drink less milk and find some that is truly organic (none of the USDA certified stuff is really legit).
Mom, I think you might enjoy reading this book


Caitlyn & Kyle said...

I am sure that the portion of this blog that belongs to Kyle agrees with nothing that I have just said.

Pat said...

Milk has morphine?

Got Milk?

Anonymous said...

Now if Aunt Des would just get a little Jersey or Welsh cow!!

Andy said...

Yo Caitlyn,
I checked out your blog and enjoyed it. I am glad that you have taken an interest in learning about the source and contents of your food. There are farmers that grow and doctors that promote animal products that are grown in a way that address the concerns you (rightfully) have voiced. Check out: also note the research-based evidence on the many health benefits of correctly raised animal products.

I am convinced that there is a growing group of an_mal rights activists that ultimately, in their core values, place animals at a level above people and I feel that the "purists" of these groups will stop at nothing untill humans are wiped off the earth. Of course these groups don't publicly state it this way but rather are acting as "wolves in sheep's clothing" and take on the guise of various "animal welfare" groups. Eart_ First has a history of agroterrorism, burning down livestock sale barns that are full of animals, how humane is that!? You correctly pointed out the synergy between this movement and the pro _hoice movement.

Will Austria grant "human" status to ape?
I do not defend the livestock industry as I do see many problems that I strive to circumvent in my production. I actually share many of the extreme envriomentalists' concerns. Meat and poultry products we eat (aside from when we eat out) come from farmers I personally know and share values with.

Environmentally speaking, correctly managed livestock play a vital, active role in building and maintaining healthy ecosystems and new research is showing that the best way to get carbon out of our air is via livestock, that greatly speed up the incorporation of the carbon into the soil in the form of organic matter (plants). This in turn makes the soil much more productive while reducing "global warming". I am seeing some of this happening right here on our farm and we may be eligible for a carbon credit as a result. Consider the pre-white man US prairie ecosystem with its vast herds of bison. One of my favorite quotes from a farming mentor: "The only (earthly) wealth we humans have is our biological wealth"; indeed without it we have no food, fresh water, air etc, etc. Sadly modern agriculture is getting more and more "efficient" at exploiting this resource rather than treating it as an ally and encouraging it to prosper so that we prosper as a result. I could go on and on with many resources and links but won't for now.

" You will know the truth and the truth will set you free"....

Love, Uncle Andy