Dairy Cows, . July 8, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death, Politics and Society.
Tags: BGH, Canon 24mm f/3.5L TS-EII lens, cows, dairy cows, Elliot, GMOs, monsanto, Shelburne MA, tilt-shift photography
Dairy cows lined up behind a fence, expecting (demanding!) to be milked:
The farmer showed up on schedule ( these grrrlz were a bit ahead of him,) dropped the electric fence, and lead a bovine parade up the road to where their udders would be relieved of their burden.
These local dairy farmers work really hard for their bread, with NO days off, obscenely early and late hours, and not a lot to show for their Herculean efforts. Consequently, they’re dwindling in numbers, and soon, if we don’t all pay attention, all of our dairy products will come from large corporations.
Monsanto manufactures the BGH which makes these shy beasties produce more than the normal amount of milk, but also makes them prone to infections. Hearing of problems with their genetically-modified milk producers, Monsanto commissioned a study, which concluded that their Bovine Growth Hormone injections for dairy cows resulted in a significant amount of blood and puss in the milk we drink, the milk we feed our little children. Monsanto addressed this problem by buying the study and burying it.
I’m not gunning to ruin anybody’s day with this kind of news, but rather trying to help us all understand what we’re up against, and how directly it affects us and our families.
Support your local farms, lobby the FDA for tighter controls on GMOs, and resist corporate take-over of our daily lives.
Your children thank you for getting aboard this train.
Thanks to Elliot for this shot; I got the swing wrong and missed the focus on the Dear Ones at photo right, but got a really productive depth of field right down the middle. I see hand-holding “snapshots” with a tilt-shift lens as kind of a crap shoot which sometimes achieves my goals, sometimes comes close, and sometimes falls flat on its face. In this case I came close, and the result is more than acceptable.