“What atonement is there for blood
spilt upon the earth?”
Last evening’s sunset marked the beginning of the
day of atonement for those of the Jewish faith.
Yom Kippur represents a day of personal reflection
and introspection and I call upon the dairy industry
to come to terms with one of their most heinous crimes
Just about everybody in the dairy industry is aware that
the irritable bowels of 40 million Americans who have
Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel
syndrome can be traced directly to infected dairy cows.
For the scientific evidence see:
Today would be an appropriate day for dairy farmers
and dairy scientists to observe a Jewish tradition and
come to terms with the pain that their actions continue
to plague so many milk and cheese consumers.
We cannot forget and we cannot forgive. Armed with
this knowledge, it is hard to understand how members
of the dairy industry continue to ignore what they
themselves refer to as the dairy industry’s greatest
challenge. Try as they do, spending $300 million per
year, they still cannot eradicate this disease in
cows, nor prevent its spread to humans.
Jewish people observe this day to atone for their sins.
The entire dairy industry continues to commit this sin
of omission. Decency demands that a lifetime of atonement
act to prevent another case of bacterial contamination
which affects so many. The link to disease and suffering
from the consumption of mycobacterium paratuberculosis
in cow’s milk is irrefutable.
“Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act.
More often we grab greedily for the day, letting tomorrow
bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular.”
- Bernard M. Baruch