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Obscure Food News…

Ice Cream! This always-delicious treat seems to be nearly limit-less in it’s flavors and ingredients, often including standard cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and even soy milk…but mother’s milk??


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PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is pushing popular brand ‘Ben & Jerry’s‘ to make the switch from cow’s milk to mother’s breast milk for their ice cream, saying that it would greatly reduce pain and suffering of cows and calves while also giving customers a healthier product.

“If Ben and Jerry’s replaced the cow’s milk in it’s ice cream with breast milk, your customers - and cows - would reap the benefits,” wrote Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA.

While dairy products have been associated with juvenile diabetes, allergies, and obesity, the idea using breast milk in their products got a collective “Eww” at the Ben & Jerry’s facory in Waterbury, VT.

“Milk from cows has long-term health benefits and has been proven to be safe and healthy and an important part of the American diet for generations,” Leon Berthiaume, general manager of the creamery providing for Ben & Jerry’s.

So not to worry, Ben & Jerry’s won’t be making the switch to mama’s milk - something seen by many as ‘udderly ridiculous.’

Would YOU eat ice cream made from mother’s breast milk? Would ‘human milk’ as an ingredient bother you?


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