Pure & Natural

I opened the lid of my Daisy sour cream, hoping to find just that. Delicious, tangy “sour” cream to take a little edge of my insanely hot get-well chili. What I found instead was a tiny alpine landscape. The accompanying text entreated me to enjoy the image of pure nature on the foil seal before dipping into pure natural Daisy sour cream. I looked at the rolling hills and mountains, and thought about how far removed the dairy industry is from “nature” as depicted on foil. Of course Daisy offered some qualifications:

* Made with milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST.

No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from

rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.

All of these things are great, and factored into my purchasing decision, but to call anything involving the consumption of another animal’s body fluids intended for their young “natural” is insane. Furthermore “pure” cow’s milk is illegal in most states.  Without pasteurization, the wrong kind of bacteria could breed. So, we kill off the bacteria in the animal fluids, then add our own special bacteria to make it tangy.  Delicious? Yes. Pure? I doubt a calf would drink it.

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