Milk and Other Issues

I haven’t drank milk in a long time because I just find it to be counterproductive when it comes to my health. Pasteurized milk from sick cows just allows the factory farming system to raise cows in ever-worsening conditions, pumping them with more antibiotics and growth hormone to the point that milking cows only live a few years, 3-5, and then die well before their usual lifespans. Cows that are fed genetically-modified grains (mostly corn) instead of being able to feed on grass–their natural diet. What exactly is in our milk anyway? It certainly no longer does a body good. It sure used to before all these laws were passed to outlaw raw milk in most of the country and ever since Monsanto was allowed to put rBGH into 95% of our milk supply.

Sure, these laws were passed because of our own incompetence. The pasteurization laws were passed because some dirty farmers were trying to sell milk from sick cows and people got sick, so milk was deemed no longer safe. Much like the raw almonds of today. One outbreak of salmonella and they spray all almonds in California with a toxic pesticide. Milk is so healthy in its natural form and yet it is almost toxic in the form it is in today. A large proportion of our population can’t even digest milk because the enzyme lactase was destroyed in pasteurization and homogenization. Would we expect any less from our government? Could we expect any better from totalitarianism and helpless dependence by an entire nation?

I just want a healthy mixture to put into my fucking coffee. I don’t want some science experiment in my mug. And don’t say soymilk because I’m not too keen on developing breast cancer or breasts for that matter. And let’s not forget about the antinutrients that are found in non-fermented soy. And I’m not really in the mood to drive up to Amish country every time I want some raw cream from a healthy cow.

I’m sure I could find a farmer here in the great state of South Carolina, but it shouldn’t have to be this way. Farming is dead now anyway. Most farming is done by corporations with their genetically modified crops. Corn, soy, wheat, and that’s pretty much it. Those are the staples of our civilization. Of course they factory-farm all our animals and feed them all the corn, soy, and wheat that is unsuitable for human consumption. It is nearly impossible to get healthy meat or dairy from anywhere when even 100 years ago it was easy. Well there were so much less people, too, so there wasn’t half as much competition. And now the medical industrial complex is profiting from the inferior standards imposed on our food supply because we keep getting sick due to eating foods with less than half the nutrients they had 100 years ago. I just want some healthy food and drinks, God damn it! I don’t want toxic waste in my water, antibiotics in my meat, and rBGH in my fucking milk! I want whole, natural foods grown ethically and without poisons.

Of course pesticides go with the given assumption that all the world’s food is for humans and every other creature that tries to eat “our” food should be killed. Vegans say that they are ethical consumers, but their diets contribute to billions or more of animal and insect deaths every year. Sure, it is less than meat eaters, but not by much. Just creating those monoculture farms kills off entire ecosystems. So it is the whole system that is broken. But my readers already know my position on that. But I’m not going to change the whole system, but I sure as hell can raise awareness about it, can’t I?

I’m not going to boycott eating meat or become one of those freegans. Not that I don’t agree with their philosophy.  It’s just that it’s not going to make any real difference and I’m not too keen on picking my food out of the garbage.  Besides, where am I going to find high-quality, organic foods in the garbage?  The only person I’ve heard of that has been successful at that is Ran Prieur.  Here is his Dumpser Diving FAQ if you really want to go down that route.  Sure, this is more ethical than supporting a corrupt system financially, but this goes way beyond my comfort zone.

You’re still not going to pull high-quality food out of the dumpster anyway.  It is the same shit that they sell at the grocery stores.  You’re just getting it for free.  And it doesn’t attack the problem at its cause.  It merely attacks one of the effects of our current civilization.  The only way we can go back to getting healthy foods is after we dismantle civilization and central authority.  I guess I’ll have to wait until then to get healthy milk unless I really want to go all Amish on you guys.  Which means this blog will become dormant for longer and longer periods.  Can you have a coffeemaker in Amish country?

I’m at least grateful I can live in a time when my opinions can be voiced.  Sure, I can’t go too far or else Big Brother will take me down.  But at least expression is freer than it has been in past civilizations, but at the same time it is getting tighter.  But as the system keeps getting tighter, it is only because it is getting weaker.  It is starting to break at the seams.  Like George Carlin said some 15 years ago, “I always ask people in every city if they trust the water.  They always say no.  That’s a good sign that everything is starting to break down.”  Of course I’m paraphrasing, but that was over 15 years ago.  Now we don’t trust any of the food or drink we are presented with.  What does that say about society in general?  That things are getting worse, but that is a good thing.  That is the first step in the right direction of us going back to nature, but with the intelligence of having lived through this joke of a civilization we created.

But will we learn from our mistakes after the dust has settled?  Who knows?  Perhaps we are destined to keep rising and falling for the rest of our ( likely) short history on Earth.  If that is the case, I guess we are just all along for the ride.  The key for us all is to mentally get outside of the system.  That is the most important part of liberating ourselves.  We need to live a radically simple life as Dave Pollard puts it in his essay How To Save the World.  He has a whole laundry list of what you can do and what you should do.  He is one of the best anti-civ thinkers out there, but he is a bit pessimistic.  But at least he is honest.  With all the information he has about the real state of the world, he can’t help it.  But as of late, in the last few years, he has become more joyful and has concentrated on living in the present, which is a big help to us all IMHO.

We need to start a movement of back to nature, but preferably in a warm climate because I hate the fucking cold.  That way we can get back to the way it used to be and live our lives the way nature intended with full awareness of how not to live so that we never get sucked into this civilization vortex ever again.  But I don’t have much faith in humanity as a whole.  But I do have faith in individual people to spread the word and raise awareness.  But people will only listen when they are ready.  It’s a shame, but it’s the truth.  My question to everyone is:  When will you be ready?

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4 thoughts on “Milk and Other Issues

  1. Most people are ready when it’s too late. Sad isn’t it? It’s good you have the wisdom of knowing this important fact. :-)

  2. Amen, Walter. It’s just too bad. But what can we do to get people ready beforehand? That is the real question.

  3. I don’t have time to address everything I would like to. We raised dairy animals for almost 30 years and then beef for a few years and now raise crops only. My first comments are on your statement, “pumping them with more antibiotics and growth hormone to the point that milking cows only live a few years, 3-5, and then die well before their usual lifespans.” First, farmers cannot afford to automatically pump antibiotics and hormones into animals nor is it needed. We also cannot afford a short turnaround in cow life cycles because most of us have raised them for a couple of years before they begin to milk. There is a lot of time, labor, and expense in raising these young animals to maturity and you do develop a bond with them as well.

    Cows cannot eat just corn. They need to eat grass or hay as well or some substitute. Their digestive system is completely different than humans because they have four stomachs while we only have one. They spend most of their time eating or regurgitating what they previously consumed and chewing it more thoroughly. They are built to handle roughage, so, for example, they can consume corn leaves and stalks that we could never manage.

    Farmers initially had the same concerns as the public about genetically modified seeds and what they would produce. That seed is much more expensive than regular seed, but it saves money because production improves with lower chemical use and/or lower labor and fuel expenses (not to mention wear and tear on equipment) for things like weeding. It’s pretty much a battle for farmers because weeds and insects and diseases will always be around, so we’ve got to balance how we can deal with these things while satisfying the public and protecting our land and animals at the same time. By the way, almost every farmer I know consumes their own product. We always drank our own milk and butchered our own meat (for example, if a cow suffered a fractured leg). We do occasionally eat field corn when very young when we get impatient for our garden corn to ripen.

    The Amish, ah. We have a lot of Amish and Mennonite neighbors and they are the same as everyone else. It drives me nuts that everyone seems to think whatever they touch is germ-free and pure because I’ve seen otherwise more than once. They’re just like anyone else.

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