February 11, 2006

Dear Denmark,

It's our pleasure: Legos and cheese all around.

Posted by Attila Girl at February 11, 2006 08:17 AM | TrackBack

Ask yourself this question: Was Mohammed a nose-picker?

Posted by: smitty at February 11, 2006 12:10 PM

Here is something for Cheese lovers:

Posted by: Carl Atteniese at February 11, 2006 10:12 PM

I'm partial to Havarti cheese.

Posted by: Dalsan at February 12, 2006 05:02 PM

Trust our PETA friend to deliver the facts. OK PETA, stand and deliver! I'll take a gallon. I'll make it easier for you, 2% please! Gives new meaning to the old adage about "why buy the milk..."

Posted by: Darrell at February 12, 2006 08:55 PM

Milk is probably my most persistent addiction. I put it in cereal, I drink it with peanut butter and jelly.

I actually would like to see farming practices become more humane, and I'm willing to pay more for "free range" eggs for that reason. But I'm not interested in silly stuff like tracking hormones and chemicals.

I do pay a premium for milk, since I live in a dairy-producing state, and we have protectionist policies in place.

But I rather suspect Denmark's farming practices are some of the most humane in the world. It's freaking Denmark, for crying out loud.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 13, 2006 06:15 AM

Did you take a look at that link(milk gone wild?) PETA seems to have a fascination with human females with six udders. I've never know a PETA woman that intimately to say that isn't the case...And as a Capitalist, I'm all for competition. And the adage is "why buy the cow..." But I was too afraid of your physical violence to type it correctly.

As far as your concerns, well, then, you are in luck. Most milk in this country comes from relatively small dairy farms that sell to processing plants. I see the cows, and the conditions under which they live, and they seem pretty good, and pretty much the same as they have always been. The dairy farmers treat their cows with love, pretty much what you would expect with the symbiotic relationship they have going. The vets that work these prectices seem to be female from what I have seen, and seem to be so much more into the care of these animals than should be expected in a normal business sense. Both farmers and vets stay with the animals all night when necessary-- for example when they are giving birth. The vets are concerned with the health and wellbeing of their patients, and use medicines accordingly. My experience is limited to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa, and a few Eastern States like Vermont, but I suspect that it is pretty much the case in the entire US. You don't get into anything that resembles "big business" until you get into the processing/distribution end of the business, and by then, only human animals are to be found.

Posted by: Darrell at February 13, 2006 09:35 AM

Oh, yeah, D--I couldn't figure out that "cow" remark . . . :)

I will follow the link, but my intuition was that cows are well-cared-for. I do worry about chickens, however.

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