RE: Butter-the essence of cooking
I have moved to the edge of the farm scene over the last few years, but I am still on a lot of farm related mailing lists. I have only a few, long ago,college biology classes under my belt, and a good part of my bovine knowledge has faded from memory. To the best of my recollection, Monsanto after years of research, invented an injectable drug that fooled the cow's system into producing more milk. Good cow management is required, because the cow needs to eat better in order to have the biological resources to make the extra milk. All the drug does is to raise the level of a naturally occuring hormone in the cow. If one were to do a blood test on a group of cows, one would not be able to tell if high BST levels were due to good production breeding, or a little help from Monsanto. The public in general demands cheap milk and BST helps to make it possible. I think that the current "stand off" serves the public well. A dairy can sell me milk from untreated cows, without making claims that the milk is any different than from treated cows. I can then, as a consumer, choose between my options.