Debate - Formula contains Industrial Waste

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate - Formula contains Industrial Waste
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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 7:47pm

I was looking at a plastic bag today and printed on it is: " Doing our part for a better environment - this bag contains a minimum of 50% Recycled Post Industrial Waste".

And my thoughts, of course, go to formula and wondered what moms would think if when they picked up a can of formula and read that on the label?

After all infant formula is made mostly with industrial waste: corn syrup solids, GMO soy industrial waste, dairy industry waste. Grown in soil treated with industrial waste water that could impart heavy metals such as arsenic and lead. Mixed with water full of unprocessed, industrial waste-product from the pollution scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 12-16-2010 - 10:21am

I'm not sure what kind of bag that was, but I imagine it was safe and clean when used as intended.

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 12-16-2010 - 1:55pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 10:26am
Well if you find something that gives a percent, let me know. Fluoridated water and soy are not "most" of the ingredients in a typical can of manufactured infant formula, not the formula I used anyway.
"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 11:49am

"You would imagine wrong. I am still searching for the article I read that lays out where many of the ingredients come from industrial waste products, recyled to be used in formula.I will keep looking."

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 1:05pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant_formula

"The most commonly used infant formulas contain purified cow's milk whey ..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whey

"It is a by-product of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses."

Whey or milk plasma is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a by-product of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whey
High-fructose corn syrup is produced by milling corn to produce corn starch, then processing that starch to yield corn syrup, which is almost entirely glucose, and then adding enzymes that change some of the glucose into fructose.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup
Lactose is a disaccharide sugar that is found most notably in milk and is formed from galactose and glucose. It is extracted from sweet or sour whey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactose
OK, so now we have water containing floride, an industrial waste product - 2 ounces per 2 oz formula
Whey,
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2004
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 3:28pm

Why not proudly post all of that on their cans?

I'm thinking because formula would sound a heck of a lot less "fine" then.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 4:42pm

Are you also curious about why the manufacturers of other processed foods don't proudly say on their packaging, "contains X% industrial waste)?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 4:52pm

"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 5:00pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 12-18-2010 - 12:22pm

"Why not proudly post all of that on their cans?"

Sometimes "accurate" is socially/culturally inappropriate and can shut down communication.

And lead to lower profit margins!!

In my experience, "waste" is considered to be something harmful or used up; something to be disposed of or made into useful items but certainly not consumed as nutrition.

Very interesting concept and a good topic for debate.

Thought provoking, fer shur

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