Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Mad about Milk

I need to stop reading the news. Yes, reading - I got rid of cable tv years ago & get my news from multiple web sources. Whatever. I gotta take a news vacation.

I made the mistake of reading a translation of the Pope's controversial speech. I'm not going into it, but it made my blood pressure rise.

Then I stumbled across a video (damn you, YouTube!) about some Fox TV news reporters who got fired because they wouldn't lie. They were working on a story on milk & the bovine growth hormone. The Florida courts backed up FOX News & said it was okay for the network to LIE...about what goes into approx. 25% of America's milk supply. Whatever. You can watch the video for the gory details. I've switched to organic milk. I'm voting with my dollars. I don't care if it's a little more expensive, I'm not putting freakin' cow hormones into my body on purpose. Doesn't that seem, oh, a little STUPID?!!

So no more news. For at least a week. I'm getting too irritated & I've got other stuff to do. You know, the kind of stuff I can actually have some impact on. Like words on the screen/page, windows cleaned, edits done, dishes washed, letters written...you get the idea.

17 Comments:

At 10:31 AM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

I've had the kids on organic milk for years. Precocious puberty is increasingly common in this country. There's no proof that points to all the hormones in dairy and meat products as the cause. Typically, I look for that before I make decisions, but since there's no downside to drinking organically cultivated milk and considering how much milk a kid drinks, I don't want to take the chance, if I don't have to.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger mai wen said...

Yeah, I totally understand, the news media gets on my nerves at times too.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger anne frasier said...

and not to mention the antibiotics in livestock. i lived on a farm for 20 years. makes you not want to eat or drink another thing.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger anne frasier said...

just watched the video.

the root of all evil.

and sadly the only lessons people seem to learn from these things is how to better cover their shit.

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger angie said...

It's not the covering up that bugs me as much as the Florida court ruling that IT'S OKAY FOR THE NEWS TO LIE. I can't help it. it pisses me off. and the average American won't even know about this crap. very, very depressing & anger inducing.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Jaye Wells said...

Oh man. Thanks for sharing this. I'm switching to organic tomorrow.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Milk has also been linked to autism. It isn't necessarily what causes autism, certainly not in all cases, but contributes to escalation of the symptoms. There have been cases where young children taken off of milk have stopped regressing, which is what happens in early stage autism - a child develops normally for the first few years and then stops speaking, etc.

But the whole lying thing - wow. Well, me and journalism ethics. Wait 'til you read SC...

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger dink said...

Damn!

I'd better just stop with that.

 
At 11:52 PM, Blogger Steve G said...

I just watched the video. This does nothing but add to my belief that the media, (not all) feeds us the crap that they want us to believe. It burns my ass, but what can we do. Nothing but turn the TV or radio off. Sorry state of affairs.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

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At 8:29 AM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Milk. Autism.

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

It's expensive, but we have a rule in our house - the only beef, milk, fruits, and most veggies that come home are organic ones.

(of course, when I'm sick and the hubs does the shopping, he tries to sneak in a Twinkie or canned Vienna Sausages - gag! I toss them out when I find them).

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Oh, and here's an interesting link:

http://www.monsantosucks.com/

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

We switched from 'normal' milk a while back. It started to taste like water so I knew something was wrong! Yup, organic is a little more expensive but it tastes like it did when we were kids.

:o)

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger Bill Cameron said...

Not a lot of milk gets drunk in our house. Drank? Is the milk drunk? On what? Beer? I are a riter.

Anyway, we don't drink much milk. I buy from an organic dairy when I do, and go for their lactose free variant.

Like you, angie, I think I'm more appalled by the court ruling than the rest of it. Yet somehow I'm not surprised. I can't pretend to understand law well enough to know if there's a reasonable obligation of truthfulness in the news media. I mean, what can we do, aside from not watching? Sue Fox for lying as a counter punch?

Grrr. I do news embargoes fairly often, actually. I trust so few of the normal news sources anymore that there's precious little I believe, even when it seems obviously factual.

"John Doe died when his car struck a tree and exploded."

"Did he really?" I think. "Or do they just want me to think he died?"

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

If they had their way, we'd all be brain dead.

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger Ric said...

Back in the 80's, I was editor of a farm newspaper. This was about the time BGH was being approved. The research we did clearly showed it was rushed to market, without adequate testing or trials.

We said so but as soon as one farmer signed on, he was making more money than the guy down the road and the rest is history.

Now, if you want to talk about Aspertame and Monsanto's admission that they never tested it on children because children aren't supposed to eat it.

 

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