I put a lot of doom and gloom posts on this blog, so today I decided to do something a little different. I ran across this op-ed from the New York Times – a happy story about a dairy farm not more than 40 miles from my home southwest of Portland. The farmer has found a winning and profitable combination of humane treatment of his jersey cows and best practices. This is the way dairy farms ought to be run, and, indeed, the way dairy farms used to be run. In this short article and even shorter video, many of the reasons we so often hear for why factory and industrial farming are necessary for large scale food production now and into the future – are simply found to not be true when proper organic farming guidelines are followed.
The more I research the topic of GMOs, Big Agri, Big Food and Big Biotech, the more I am unequivocally convinced that it’s Big Business pushing this technology on us for their own good, not our own good. A big company profits when it patents a seed or a synthetic growth hormone. The farmers and consumers profit, or benefit, when organic farming techniques are used – such as what the piece below describes. (Yes, organic food costs more but if more consumers demanded it, the price would go down.)
The article doesn’t even mention the word GMO but it fits here at sleuth4health because dairy farms and their slaughterhouse cousins may as well be a poster child for the technology. Just to name a few employs of the technology – there is the corn feed derived from Bt and Roundup Ready corn. There is that really nasty recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH or rBST, still widely used in American dairies though banned in most other countries (including Canada). Unless your dairy product says it is free of rBGH, you’re getting it in ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, milk, butter, etc. The synthetic hormone enables inhumanely treated cows to be milked constantly – thereby causing udder infections and pus – thereby requiring the use of antibiotics.
I often think of the old acronym I was taught to learn the spaces of the bass clef when I was first learning piano. ACEG: All Cows Eat Grass. Well, that’s not really true anymore, is it? Only a special few still eat grass here in the US.