Genetically Modified Cows Produce “Human” Milk

by Sarah ActivismComments: 30


China Daily recently reported that a herd of 200 cows have been genetically modified to produce human milk.

It seems this news development puts a sock in the mouths of the folks who insist that cow milk is for baby cows only and that humans shouldn’t be drinking it!

Seriously though, this shocking development actually did occur at an exhibition of technological advancements for China’s 11th 5 year plan (2006-2010).  Photos of the cows were showcased at the exhibition along with some head scratching comments by head engineer Li Ning, Director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnolgy at China Agricultural University:

“In ancient China, only the emperor and the empress could drink human milk throughout their lives, which was believed to be the height of opulence.  Why not make that kind of milk more available for ordinary people?”

Li went on to add that this new technology is important as it makes affordable to the ordinary consumer the healthy proteins found in human breastmilk.

Li also claimed that products containing human milk produced by cows would be on supermarket shelves within 10 years and that the GM milk would be as safe to drink as milk from ordinary cows.

After reading this story, one can’t help but wonder if people who drink this milk grow bolts on their neck or if children who consume it say “Moo” instead of “Mama” as a first word?




Source:  China Daily

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Comments (30)

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  • Sue

    I personally try to avoid as much as possible GM foods. If I pick up something at the store and read the label as I normally do to check if it has anything suspect sounding and I see anything that remotely sounds like GM i put it back.

    We have not been told whether GM is even safe for human consumption, yet there it is in foods the world over, this I find disturbing, but that is the importance of educating yourself for the sake of your own health and that of your family.

    Sadly it comes back to $$$ and companies like Monsanto that have power.

    Whatever you do, dont cosume GM.

    April 3rd, 2011 8:18 pm Reply
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  • Sheila

    The only way this could be done would be to graft human genetic material into a cow embryo, making a human-cow hybrid. NOT COOL. Then you’ve got human mammary cells inside a cow … would that make human milk? Not really … maybe it would be similar to human milk … but you’d surely have some cow proteins in there as well.

    Yes, human milk is liquid gold and wonderful and perfectly designed for humans. The reason we don’t all drink it is because it’s too precious, so we give it only to those who need it the most, little children. BUT, that doesn’t mean mixing people and cows suddenly makes sense!

    What is WRONG with people?!

    March 28th, 2011 10:18 pm Reply
  • Christian

    Ahem… you realize that the bottle in the photograph is from Japan, not China, right? Did y’all just grab any random “Chinese-looking” bottle for the article?

    March 28th, 2011 4:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Christian, this question is answered above.

      March 28th, 2011 10:31 pm Reply
  • Ireland ( yes thats my real name!)

    What a crazy thing to do!!! Cows where not made for us so we could “play” with their genetic codes!!! Talk about wired! And its not “people”milk- its cow milk in a horrible state! This should have a huge WARNING sign all over it, Don’t you think so????!!!????

    March 26th, 2011 10:00 pm Reply
  • watchmom3

    Well, as they say, “Everything that goes around…” This is just more of the “Tower of Babel” and a shining example of man’s ignorance. Sad to see that common sense is not used in things of this consequence. Thanks Sarah, for paying attention. We need to know, so we can teach our children and at least discuss the right or wrong of any situation.

    March 26th, 2011 9:24 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I see this as another example of man playing G-d. This will end well!

    March 26th, 2011 4:52 pm Reply
  • Misty

    My first thought is ‘That can’t be good’. After reading it, though, now I’m thinking ‘It can’t be human milk as its not from humans’ Soooooooo…..I don’t know what they’re thinking. Maybe its supposed to TASTE like human milk… because obviously, its still from a cow! So, its still cows milk. Just really jacked up cows milk……

    March 26th, 2011 4:07 pm Reply
  • Angela

    That’s so creepy.

    March 26th, 2011 2:17 pm Reply
  • Bettina

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Moooooooooooo

    March 26th, 2011 2:16 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Holy smokes. I’d love to know what GMO expert Jeffrey Smith has to say about this.

    March 26th, 2011 1:31 pm Reply
  • Adrienne

    OK – this is really going too far. But then, in what arena of life are things not “going too far” these days.

    Sarah, I will say, however, that you might be interested to know that the bottle of milk in your photo is from Japan. You may already have noticed that since it is bottled by Kirin, a Japanese company that is somewhat well known even in the US for it’s beer. I lived in Japan for a year and studied Japanese here, so I can also recognize the writing :-). Japan’s written language is a mixture of 3 “alphabets”, one of them being Chinese so they look quite similar.

    March 26th, 2011 1:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Adrienne, yes, the picture is of a coffee latte product from Japan .. I just liked the picture of the juggling cow with a pacifier in its mouth .. I thought it fit the story quite well .. that is the mixing of human/cow genome sick as it may be! :)

      March 26th, 2011 3:48 pm Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    That is insane. What are they thinking? There is no way any animal can ever produce “human” milk. We don’t even really know everything that’s IN human milk…so how can they claim to have genetically engineered an animal that produces it?? It doesn’t even make any sense.

    March 26th, 2011 11:58 am Reply
    • Bethany @ Uncle Dutch Farms

      Totally agree – makes no sense that it would duplicate breastmilk if we can’t even identify everything that’s in the real stuff!

      March 27th, 2011 1:13 am Reply
  • Heather

    That milk travesty is as much “human” milk as commercial baby formula. At what point are people going to stop trying out do nature and figure out we all win if we work with it instead?

    March 26th, 2011 11:49 am Reply
  • Jill @ The Prairie Homestead

    So incredibly disturbing. For the life of me, I can’t understand why people just can’t leave things alone. If God would have wanted cows to produce human milk, He would have made them that way.

    March 26th, 2011 11:39 am Reply
  • hobby baker

    That is entirely too disturbing. GM foods are just bad news all around, but that is just… ew.

    March 25th, 2011 9:10 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    I’m not trusting anything genetically-modified.

    March 25th, 2011 8:16 pm Reply
  • Jo at Jo’s Health Corner

    This is very disturbing.

    March 25th, 2011 7:54 pm Reply
  • Amanda Dittlinger

    Ewwww. No thanks!

    March 25th, 2011 7:05 pm Reply
  • Jennifer K

    WOW! this is messed up. I really don’t know what else to say about it.

    March 25th, 2011 6:15 pm Reply
  • WordVixen

    I wonder if this is the source for the breast milk ice cream that’s supposed to be appearing on grocery store shelves soon?

    I could kind of see the reasoning if he had said that it was for all those moms who couldn’t breastfeed and couldn’t get enough from the breast milk bank or something- but because the emperor and empress used to do it? Like you said- head scratching.

    March 25th, 2011 3:43 pm Reply
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    I guess the Chinese will because it imitates a tradition in their country of the Emperor and Empress drinking human milk their entire lives.

    March 25th, 2011 3:26 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    That is just wrong. Is anyone really going to drink it?

    March 25th, 2011 3:11 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Wow that is really messed up! Seriously scary stuff.

    March 25th, 2011 2:19 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    That “milk ” is not human. I do not know what it is. We need real food, not GMO abominations.

    March 25th, 2011 1:58 pm Reply
  • Carla

    That is just so sick and so wrong!!!

    March 25th, 2011 1:54 pm Reply

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