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« on: July 17, 2005 01:44:42 PM »

Apologies in advance if this is too... well...

tthis ad was in the Eugene Weekly this week, and I just had to share!  To their credit it is in the alternatives section...



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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2005 02:39:09 PM »

I've often wondered about the vegan-ness of human breast milk- it's given freely & knowingly, so it's different than animal milk. But all the vegans I know can't seem to get past the "ech" factor to give me an answer. Being a vegetarian who gives praise to the cow, goat & chicken gods every day for the cheese & eggs provided, I don't think I would want human cheese, but I do wonder if it would work. I'm no farm girl, but breast milk does seem to be of a different consistency than other animals'. Okay now I am waaaay overthinking this!
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2005 02:51:36 PM »

wow...that's kinda...awkward...i dunno...but i wouldn't really wanna eat something that could have come out of my body.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005 03:09:55 PM »

Nor would I! But i do feel a little hypocritical because I don't mind eating it if it came out of another animal... I justify my dairy & egg consumption by thinking it doesn't kill the animal, but still, it's gross when you think about it that way. I'm vegetarian purely for the gross-out factor of eating a corpse. It's a me-thing. (oh and the egg thing- I'm pro choice too! haha!)
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2005 04:38:20 PM »

From On Food and Cooking, a comparison of the compositions of various milks  shows that human milk is generally  lower in protein than other animals' milk.

 in % of weight
Milk           Fat    Protein   Lactose  Minerals   Water
Human       4.0       1.1        6.8         0.2        88
Holstein      3.6       3.4        4.9         0.7        87
Buffalo       6.9       3.8        5.1         0.8        83
Reindee      17        11         2.8        1.5        68
Horse         1.2       2.0        6.3         0.3       90
Goat          4.0        3.4        4.5         0.8        88
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I do think human milk cheese can be made.  it'll be rather distinctive too, but then again we knew that!


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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2005 12:20:25 AM »

i wonder if it would taste slightly like whatever the person has eaten... like if you ate a lot of onion and garlic, if it would flavor the milk/cheese  Huh im a nut!  Wink

« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005 02:59:47 AM »

That is really....... I am lost for words.
It did remind me of when I weaned my son, I had a whole lot of frozen breast milk left over and I did ponder for a while if there was anything I could do with it. I never thought of making cheese with it though. Undecided

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2005 06:47:13 AM »

If you put it on the menu at a fancy-schmancy restaurant and slapped a high price on it, I bet you'd have people lining up for it.  (I wouldn't be in that line, though.)

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2005 12:02:34 PM »

Weird. I thought from the title of your post, that this would be a mis-translation (like the Vietnamese market I used to live near, which was called "Man Fat Meat Mart"... I always wondered if I should point out that their name had unfortunate overtones of cannibalism in English...).

I guess people are animals, like cows and goats, but might not the average woman be exposed to a few more drugs and chemicals (even if vegan) than the average farm animal? I know cows are on drugs these days... but really! Well, I never eat cheese, anyway, so umm... to each his own.

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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2005 12:09:30 PM »

well, I've heard that our predisposition towards heavily sugared foods stems from the natural sweetness of breast milk...crazy mammals, all of us!

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