Posted by: mzbitca | September 18, 2008

Would you like some breast milk stew?

A Swiss restaurant owner is redoing his menu to include breast milk in many of his meals. The restaurant owner claims that since we were all raised on breast milk, why wouldn’t we put it in our food.

Mr Locher attracted the attention of the leading media of the German-speaking world this week after he posted ads looking for women donors, who will receive just over three pounds for 14 ounces of their milk.

Three pounds equals out to just around $5.44 in American currency.  So which women will be willing to sell their breast milk for that amount of money?  Most likely it will not be rich white women, it will be women who need that money.  I know that you cannot run out of breast milk if you are continually nursing and certainly every women has a right to do with their bodily fluids as they seem fit but….This just continues a trend of people using money to get what they want and not worrying that they will possibly be exploiting poor women and women of color, much like the offers of  money for egg donations.  So some woman is going to be paid 5 dollars and her milk is going to be put in a meal that is probably going to cost more than she could afford.  Also, how much milk will be needed and how much control will this man expect to have over the women who want to donate breast milk? Will he start dictating their diet, will he encourage them to donate breast milk at perhaps the expense of their children?  

The legality of this menu is still in discussion:

“Humans as producers of milk are simply not envisaged in the legislation.

“They are not on the list of approved species such as cows and sheep, but they are also not on the list of the banned species such as apes and primates,” Rolf Etter of the Zurich food control laboratory said.”

See that Ladies! So where do you want to fall? on the side of cows and sheeps or the side of apes and primates?


Responses

  1. This makes me utterly sick to my stomach. I agree that women should be able to do what they want with their breast milk but what he is doing is turning women into cows for novelty and advertisement. I can barely articulate the level of disgust I feel hearing this news.

  2. That is just disgusting. And weird.

    There do seem to be some people on the internets selling breast milk for the use of infants, which makes some sense, but this…

    *shivers*

    Plus, isn’t human milk not healthy for adults?

  3. Brianna,
    I’m not sure about how breast milk would react with an adult. Since I have no intention of reproducing anytime soon I’ll admit i’m rather ignorant on many facts about it. ( I just know enough for it to freak me the hell out)
    I just love how women get shit for breastfeeding in public but yet feel free to squirt some in my salad dressing


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