Today I bring you a horrifying tale of mad scientists, genetically engineered creatures, and innocent children in danger.
The worst part? This scary story is also true.
According to a recent news report, researchers in New Zealand have genetically engineered a cow to produce 96 percent less protein beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), the main component implicated in infant milk allergies.
This is the first time a process called RNA interference has worked in livestock before. And it could be a real game-changer, too. Especially since, as the article states, “with mothers breastfeeding less, cows’ milk is an increasing source of protein for babies.”
Don’t get me started on how wrong this is. I’ve spoken out before about my disgust with genetically modified food, whether plant or livestock. We simply can’t be assured of its safety. And clearing it for mass consumption could have potentially disastrous consequences for the public’s health years down the road.
Yet these scientists are talking about feeding genetically modified milk to babies?! Is that a risk anyone really wants to take? Because I’ll tell you one thing: I sure don’t.
Here’s a novel idea: If your child is allergic to milk, don’t serve it. (Your family is better off without it, anyway.) Instead, try making a little extra room for fish on your kids’ plates.
As I reported last month, a recent study showed that a daily dose of EPA and DHA can reduce the severity of infants’ response to allergens, including milk protein. No Frankencows necessary.