Pus in Cow's Milk
Sounds all made up, but it isn't. Factory farming has its price.
If you drink a glass of regular cow’s milk, you will be drinking pus.
You know, that viscous, yellowish-white stuff that you see in infected tissue.
According to researchers, every cup of milk contains somatic cells, meaning pus, meaning white blood cells, cellular debris and necrotic tissue. They estimate that an ordinary glass of milk contains between one and seven drops of pus. Mmmm-mmm.
The dairy industry is aware that there is a problem with pus in milk and these so well-meaning folks have developed a system known as the somatic cell count to measure the amount of pus in milk. It is the standard used to gauge milk quality. The higher the somatic cell count, the more pus contained in the milk.
For example, New York State consumes 280,000,000 somatic cells in each liter of milk.
According to the standards set by the dairy industry itself, any milk with a somatic cell count of higher than 200 million per liter should not enter the human food supply. You do the math. In my own state, the amount of pus in milk is well above the industry’s limit. Great.
Because cows are not naturally capable of producing industrial quantities of milk. To increase milk production they are given Posilac, the Monsanto chemical company’s growth hormone. Yes, THE horrible growth hormones you've vaguely heard about on the news. According to Nature magazine, Posilac increases pus in milk by 19% - yet, not surprisingly, Monsanto touts the hormone on its website as being safe and efficient. This is simply UNTRUE.
So, cows are given hormones to produce more milk, they are milked and overmilked until they get painful udder infections (mastitis). When they are milked again (and again), the pus and bacteria from their udders end up in the milk.