PETA, Ice Cream and Unintended Consequences

It's bad enough that so much corn is being turned into ethanol to burn in our cars that it's driven up the cost of food for many of the world's neediest citizens. But now we have the boobs at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) coming up with a suggestion for ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's that is even more udderly ridiculous: Use human breast milk to make their ice cream instead of cows' milk. All I can say is "Ick."

Not to milk the silliness too much, but have they thought about the unintended consequences if someone should implement their idea? Taking away corn that should be some Mexican peasant's tortilla is bad enough, but taking away human milk that should be nourishing a baby in order to make ice cream? And how much milk is used in ice cream? Probably more than would be available if Ben & Jerry's took all of the milk from every lactating woman in America. Cows make far more milk than women can, which of course is why children drink cows' milk after they are weaned from their mothers.

Fortunately, Ben & Jerry's gave the proposal all of the consideration it deserved and then made the following statement: "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child."

And so common sense has prevailed in this case. Hooray! We don't have to change brands.