Milk: Victory Against rbGH!

I know you’ll all find this shocking but Monsanto apparently “bullied” scientists into lying and hid the full evidence of how awful rbGH actually is.

Wow, no really, I’m, uh, shocked.

Since Monsanto actually owns rbGH and we already know how honest and caring Monsanto is about public health where their profits are concerned I’m actually shocked that this truth finally came to light at all.

Read this great piece from La Vida Locavore and boycott any Monsanto ANYTHING!

Big Victory Against rbGH!
by: Jill Richardson
Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 18:32:09 PM PDT

Remember way back when when several states tried to ban “rbGH-free” claims on dairy? This was a few years ago now. Monsanto, who owned rbGH at the time, helped found a group of rbGH-loving dairy farmers called AFACT. AFACT then pushed to ban any label claims telling consumers which milk came from cows that had not been treated with rbGH. Naturally, that sparked tons of consumer outrage, and ultimately AFACT was unsuccessful in most states where they tried this.
Save for Ohio. Ohio was the one last state where it looked like they might win. Ultimately the fight went to the courts. Today brought BIG news of a court decision in Ohio. The less significant news out of the court is that milk in Ohio can still say “rbGH-free” but it must also contain an FDA disclaimer saying “[t]he FDA has determined that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-supplemented and non-rbST-supplemented cows.”

Now, here’s the BIG news. The court challenged the FDA’s finding that there is “no measurable compositional difference” between milk from rbGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows. According to those who have worked on this issue for nearly two decades now (maybe more), the FDA’s claim that there was no compositional difference between milk from rbGH-treated and untreated cows was THE MAJOR roadblock to any good regulation. And the court finally struck it down, citing three reasons why the milk differs: 1. Increased levels of the hormone IGF-1, 2. A period of milk with lower nutritional quality during each lactation, and 3. Increased somatic cell counts (i.e. more pus in the milk). Below, you will find the exact language of the court’s ruling, as well as testimony submitted to the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee all the way back in 1993 by Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist at Consumers’ Union. Amazing how it only took 17 years to get the truth legally recognized.



One response to “Milk: Victory Against rbGH!

  1. Hi – glad to see you back! I need to get caught up reading again. 🙂

    And because I couldn’t find email for you on the site, I leave some info I just found out about today. Tons of products tested for lead – kids food and juice!

    This is a ridiculous situation:

    All the best –

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