Studies and opinions: the cow that produces human milk
Would you give your baby milk from a cow who’s DNA had been modified? Here at Fattoria del Colle – farmhouse in Tuscany– the mothers say no and the younger generation says yes
A small survey carried out at home reveals very different opinions based on the age and direct experience of breastfeeding. Younger women feel that the cows milk similar to human milk an opportunity for when they will have a child. On the contrary those that are already mothers start hearing alarm bells. Which will be the consequences of this nourishment on the children’s health, maybe not straight away, but after 10 or 20 years?
Rosita the cow is a feminine version of Minotaur (half man and half bull) created by Argentinean scientists by cloning as cow and adding to its DNA two human genes.
The research carried out in Argentina by the Università Nazionale di San
Martin (Unsam) and by the Istituto Nazionale di Tecnologia Agrozootecnica (Inta) are not the only ones been carried out. At the Chinàs Agricultural University in Beijing they have a herd of 300 cows with modified DNA so as to produce human milk. More than if the research is valid what is worrying is the scientific desire to be more and more invasive and to manipulate nature. Wise Society, who follows such subjects with great attention in its web site, also express the same doubts as those of the ex mothers at Fattoria del Colle << but do we need human milk made by cows?>>. In your opinion << is it the fact that we live in a century old unchanged countryside like Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi which makes us sceptical about scientific research or is it just healthy caution>>
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini