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by Kevin Coupe

Because we couldn’t start the week only with an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it Eye-Opener...

The Associated Press reports that a “trendy” London ice cream parlor called Icecreamists is selling a new flavor called “Baby Gaga,” that is made with human breast milk - described as “organic, free-range and totally natural."

Or was selling it. Last Friday, when the flavor was introduced, it sold out almost immediately.

According to the story, “The company paid women who donated their breast milk after a health screening. The milk is then pasteurized and churned together with vanilla pods and lemon zest. The dish, which comes in a martini glass, sells for 14 pounds ($22.50) each.”

Last year, MNB readers will remember, it was a New York restaurateur who decided to make cheese out of breast milk.

I’m not sure what is most eye-opening about this story.

That in a nation suffering through economic hard times, so many people seem to be able to spend more than twenty bucks on a martini glass of ice cream?

Or that the breast milk is referred to as “free range?”

What does that mean exactly? That the women giving the breast milk weren’t wearing bas?

Now, that’s an Eye-Opener.
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