American Elephants

So Take That, You Interfering Food Police! by The Elephant's Child
July 6, 2009, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, News of the Weird | Tags: , ,

For years, the Food Police have been trying desperately to find something wrong with coffee. If coffee gives many people pleasure, if they gather with friends to have a cup, if they open chain stores all over the world giving people a place to gather over coffee, and if they invent all sorts of special accouterments to help make a better cup, then there has to be something really, really wrong with it.

We’ve had the poor abused workers in coffee plantations, but it has turned out that they are better paid than their peers, and the coffee companies have even built schools for their children.  They tackled the milk used in lattés for the growth hormone given to cows, but that turned out to be junk science, for it is a scientific impossibility for the hormone to pass through into the milk.  They have tried to connect coffee to all sorts of diseases and unpleasant conditions and now, perhaps, they may be undone.

“Drinking five cups of coffee a day may reverse the memory problems seen in Alzheimers” reads the headline from the BBC.  The research carried out in Florida on mice also suggested that caffeine hampered the production of protein plaques that are characteristic of the disease.

This is all preliminary, of course, but it’s nice to know that you can head out for a latté with a clear conscience.

(h/t Dan @ GayPatriot)

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The cows that give the milk are pregnant and milking most of their lives. These hormones are not injected into the cows – they are natural hormones that cows make during every “menstrual” cycle, but during pregnancy these hormones are produced continuously at high levels and so are found in all cows’ milk.
There is no such thing as “hormone-free” milk. The confusion is caused by a company that sells a hormone (called either bovine somatotropin – BST or recombinant bovine growth hormone – rBGH) for injection into cows to make them produce more milk. Some milk producers have made the point that they do not use this injection by advertising that the milk is “hormone-free”. It obviously does not contain the injected hormone but all the cows’ natural hormones are still in the milk. We do not know yet what the injected hormones do to the levels of natural hormones in milk.


Comment by David Tippie-Nature-O-Path

According to the scientific information I have read, many dairy farmers do use BST. The Food Police instantly jumped on that, claiming that it could damage your child’s health. This is impossible because according to the science, the hormone cannot physically be passed through into the milk.

The public misconception was so potentially damaging that many dairies advertise “hormone-free” milk. Just as misleading as the false fear that was stirred up. Starbucks quickly banned any milk that was not “hormone free.” Businesses don’t want to get into trying to prove scientific facts to a public that is frightened.


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