Saturday, September 27, 2008

Would you like some breast milk with that?

The owner of a restaurant in Switzerland plans to serve stews, soups and sauces made using human breast milk, according to The Telegraph:

The owner of the Storchen restaurant in the exclusive Winterthur resort will improve his menu with local specialties such as meat stew and various soups and sauces containing at least 75 per cent of mother's milk.

"We have all been raised on it. Why should we not include it into our diet?" Hans Locher, who has become Switzerland most controversial restaurant owner, said. Mr Locher attracted the attention of the leading media of the German-speaking world this week after he posted ads looking for women donors, who will receive just over three pounds ($5.40) for 14 ounces of their milk.

He said: "I first experimented with breast milk when my daughter was born. "One can cook really delicious things with it. However, it always needs to be mixed with a bit of whipped cream, in order to keep the consistency."

The food control authority in Switzerland was initially confused by the apparent loophole in local legislation regulating the use of human milk and it was not clear whether Mr Locher could actually be banned from serving his specialties.

"Humans as producers of milk are simply not envisaged in the legislation. "They are not on the list of approved species such as cows and sheep, but they are also not on the list of the banned species such as apes and primates," Rolf Etter of the Zurich food control laboratory said.

Then yesterday, I heard the following which came from WPTZ in Vermont:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) 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's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says. 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.

"The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."

"We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child," said a spokesperson for Ben and Jerry's.

My opinion? Let the cows suffer.

What say you?


Hands-Free Heart said...

I really don't know what to say... I've just been laughing the whole time I'm reading.

Promises Fulfilled said...

Dawson told me a bout this today before I read your post. I agree with you - let the cows suffer...and I think that 14oz of breast milk is worth much more than a meager $5 and change!!!

Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle said...

Umm, no thanks, I think I'll pass!

Although I guess for some women, it would be an easy way to make money. :)

Melissa said...

I'm sure that we consume far grosser things than breast milk! Not that I'm advocating it in my ice cream! Blah!

Livin' Life said...

That's just soooo wrong!!!!!!