Re: pasteurization of organic milk. Most states require it. sigh.
But at least with organic, there are no pesticides nor BGH. BGH makes the cows produce more milk, which leads to infected udders which leads to treatment with antibiotics and minute amounts of pus in the milk. Yes. Pus.
So, even though I live in a state where raw milk is illegal, I'll take organic half and half or cream over pus milk everytime. shudder
At WF tonight I saw a tub of Kerrygold on sale. Excited? No, it was low fat. Shouldn't the Irish have something against making baby Jesus cry?
Also found out that now they have taken our beloved coconut and made fake cheese out of it. Like shredded mozzarella "cheese" and cheddar "cheese." But it's okay, it's gourmet. I mean, I get it that some people are actually allergic to dairy and would like an alternative, and at least it's not soy, but - I bet 95% of sales go to vegans.
Guy at the checkout register kept on commenting about all the different kinds of meat I was buying, ribs, roasts, steaks, sausage, bacon, chicken, you know, basic staples like that. What can I say, I always find the butcher and cheesemonger at WF to be really nice. Maybe it's because they are underworked, or because they are happy to see a customer salivating over the display cases instead of asking for cuts with a pained, guilty expression on their face?
I did find pastured grass fed hot dogs today, they're veal. The package made sure to inform me that the baby cows happily frolicked in green fields of grass with their mommies - yeah, until you killed them and chopped them up and made them into hot dogs! I mean, it's nice to know and all, but I'm not that sentimental about my food. And yes, I did buy them. 5-yo is taking a plain hot dog with him to school now for his afternoon snack. I guess that's the cool thing to do.
Pasture-centered explained: Animal Welfare | Whole Foods Market
It's a term used to designate a level of animal welfare an animal receives as it's raised. It's not the highest level, but it's far from the worst. It's the fourth highest out of six possible levels of animal welfare. Whole Foods to the rescue again!
I agree it's still pretty absurd, but as far as vegans are concerned, it's an improvement. A VAST one. Anything that allows vegans to take one step away from their marriage to soy is a great improvement in mine mind.
But I won't be eating it anytime soon.
Here's my favorite imponderable: inexplicably-labeled "gluten free" products.
I was at a grocery store the other day and ran across apple cider that boasted a "gluten free" sticker. Less than five minutes later, I saw a jar of salsa with the same sticker, proudly displayed like it's a significant announcement. *sigh*
What's sad is how many things like salsa may actually contain gluten. As a celiac, I'm all for big stickers instead of playing guess the mystery ingredient on product labels.
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