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Fromage de maternal: NYers sample breast milk cheese


A New York gallery last Sunday offered up breast milk cheese not as an appetizer, but as part of a temporary art installation called The Lady Cheese Shop. Miriam Simun, artist and cheese maker, is a graduate student at New York University whose intention was to raise questions about the ethics of modern biotechnologies. She raised a few eyebrows as well.

“Cheese is a conversation starter,” Simun explained. “Some people are loving it, and some people are gagging.”

Three nursing moms volunteered their milk. It was screened for disease and pasteurized. Simun made the cheese herself. Three varieties were sampled (and exhibited): West Side Funk, Midtown Smoke, and Wisconsin Chew.

Frances Anderson combined sampling breast milk cheese while breastfeeding her son. In and out. “I’m an adventurous eater,” she said. “I know more about the source of this food than going into a supermarket and picking up Cheddar cheese. I don’t know what they pumped into that cow.”

Then there’s this: “That there’s so weird,” said Cheryl Cole, a freaked out neighbor.

Simun wants people to think of the human body as a factory, producing all kinds of things like blood, hair, sperm, eggs and organs. I’m hoping her culinary aspirations stop with the milk.

She points out, we transfuse blood, but sharing breast milk grosses us out. Last year in New York, a restaurateur served cheese made of his wife’s breast milk. Of course, there was the infamous Baby Gaga ice cream in London. “You’re putting it in your mouth,” Simun artfully pointed out, “there’s something really visceral about that.”

Source: Reuters


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