I don’t want my kid to grow tits before she’s eight years old.
I don’t know, call me old-fashioned, but I’d really like it if the
usual junior-high-school-grab-the-titties-and-run rite of passage
didn’t start for her until junior high school.
Did you know that a rush to speed food production
and increase profit has resulted in livestock being administered antibiotics
and growth-promoting hormones in ways some scientists have linked
to early puberty and cancer?
lifted the following paragraphs directly from some NON-dirtyfilthyhippie
From ABC News, Feb 7 : “ According to research
first published in the medical journal Pediatrics in April of 1997,
the age of the onset of puberty is getting earlier for girls, with
the average age of either breasts or pubic hair showing up as 9.7
years for Caucasians and 8.1 years for African-Americans.
this study of 17,000 girls — evaluated by their pediatricians during
routine examinations — the norm for puberty onset was considered to
be 11 years old, or one year later for white girls and two years later
a study of 6- to 11-year-old girls, those who matured earlier were
more depressed, aggressive, socially withdrawn and had more sleep
problems than those who hadn’t. Another study of 1,700 high school
girls revealed that earlier menstruation was linked to drinking smoking,
substance abuse, lower self-esteem and suicide attempts.”
[Great. She has so much to look
is a serious public health issue,” [Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, an adjunct
professor in public health at the University of North Carolina School
of Public Health] says. “We don’t know about the sexual urges of 7-
and 8-year-old girls and how they might affect their mental health.”
[Jesus Christ. “Sexual urges?”]
From the Canadian Health Coalition: “Consumption of
hormone-treated beef may cause girls to reach puberty earlier, thus
making them more susceptible to breast and other cancers. According
to Carlos Sonnenschein, from Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston,
MA), "Early onset of puberty with its raging hormones translates
into higher risk of breast cancer" and it is "very likely"
that hormone residues in North American beef is a contributing factor
in the early onset of puberty among girls observed in recent decades.”
From the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research
at Cornell University: “As early as the 1930s, it was realized that cows injected with material
drawn from bovine (cow) pituitary glands (hormone secreting organ)
produced more milk. Later, the bovine growth hormone (bGH) from the
pituitary glands was found to be responsible for this effect. However,
at that time, technology did not exist to harvest enough of this material
for large-scale use in animals In the 1980s, it became possible to
produce large quantities of pure bGH by using recombinant DNA technology.
In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the recombinant
bovine growth hormone (rbGH), also known as bovine somatotropin (rbST)
for use in dairy cattle. Recent estimates by the manufacturer of this
hormone indicate that 30% of the cows in the United States (US) may
be treated with rbGH"
[“Recombinant DNA technology?”Yuck.]
female sex hormone estrogen was also shown to affect growth rates
in cattle and poultry in the 1930s. Once the chemistry of estrogen
was understood, it became possible to make the hormone synthetically
in large amounts. Synthetic estrogens started being used to increase
the size of cattle and chickens in the early 1950s. DES was one of
the first synthetic estrogens made and used commercially in the US
to fatten chickens. DES was also used as a drug in human medicine.
DES was found to cause cancer and its use in food production was phased
out in the late 1970s."
[So this stuff was in use for
TWENTY YEARS before someone figured out it wasn’t a good idea? Fantastic.]
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not a dirtyfilthyhippie,
just a parent concerned about grade-school date rape and cancer. It
seems to me that getting a hold of some natural meats and milks might
possibly eliminate at least one of the many million miseries
sure to befall my kid before she gets to be my age. To be sure, we’re
talking about spending a few bucks extra here, but if enough people
start demanding the stuff, the price goes down, and believe me, therapy
and cancer treatment can get real expensive.
So, in the spirit of dirtyfilthyhippies everywhere,
I propose we start a little action: Get the stores here in Buffalo
to start carrying fresh, unfrozen (because unfrozen sure as shit tastes
better) natural meats. Wegman’s has a tiny little section of
inconsistent “Foods You Can Feel Good About”(whatever the hell that
means) in their meat section, and Feel-Rite is opening a brand spanking
new natural foods mega store on Delaware this fall (but they’re closing
their Elmwood Avenue Store). Call them and tell them that you want
YOUR fresh, young, natural meat.
Oh, and by the way, Jerry’s dead,
and Phish sucks. Get a job.
Feel-Rite Fresh Market &
Natural Food Shoppes: 834-3385
Fats can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org