March 14, 2011
Human Breast Milk Ice Cream: Vegan or Not?
Pardon me if this is as disgusting for you as it is for me, but I just had to share!
An Ice Cream shop in London has started selling ice cream made from human breast milk that they've entitled "Baby Gaga". Apparently it's so popular that it's sold out until they can find more suppliers. The suppliers that they do have are breastfeeding women who are looking to make extra money on the side with their extra milk.
There's been all sorts of health concerns since human breast milk isn't regulated by any government agency such as the FDA, although they do require a health check similar to those who donate blood. Matt O'Connor, the owner of the shop that's selling "Baby Gaga" has made a really valid point, "Some people are turned off by the idea," O'Connor told AOL News "but, really, it raises the philosophical question: Is it better if we use milk from cows injected with hormones who are artificially induced with pregnancy every few months, or human milk?"
After hearing about a similar situation where a restaurant owner in Switzerland is substituting 75% of the non-human dairy with breast milk, Peta sent a letter to one of America's most well known ice cream companies, Ben and Jerry's. Their main talking points were that it would help dairy cows and the overall health of human consumers.
I for one am a little put off by it. Don't you think there is a better use for "extra" breast milk? Also, would you consider it to be Vegan since it is coming from a human rather than another animal?