Monsanto feeds growth hormones to cows and tries to stop disssent

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Monsanto feeds growth hormones to cows and tries to stop disssent

Monsanto produces grain with a growth hormone in it to make cows give more milk. It is trying to stop other milk companies advertising that their milk does not contain such hormones.

What is the matter with the world? Who in their right mind would want their family to drink hormone added milk just because it makes more money for the farms? What do the consumers get out of it?

One day all that crap in the food is going to create a lot of pain, and we will have no one to blame but ourselves for eating it.

Monsanto, the giant chemical company, wants Big Brother to protect it from those bullies that hang around the dairy barns.

The problem, to hear Monsanto tell it, is that dairies such as New England's Hood and California's Alta Dena are making a big deal about how their milk comes from cows that haven't been treated with an artificial growth hormone made by Monsanto.

The hormone -- recombinant bovine somatotropin -- or rBST -- was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. But many parents fear the substance can cause cancer, premature development or other conditions in children. Some European countries prohibit using the chemical.

Farmers like the chemical additive because it causes cows to produce about ten percent more milk.

Some major dairies made the move to rBST-free cows last year to compete more effectively against organic milk and Monsanto argues the dairies have been making health claims that aren't true, causing consumers to spend more for "natural" milk while in fact getting nothing in return.

Monsanto has complained to the FDA and also to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), claiming the ads amount to false advertising.

Monsanto beefed that, on its Web site, Alta Dena says, "By not using rBST, we protect the health of our cows, their milk and our customers." But Monsanto says a study it commissioned looked at 98 brands of milk in 48 states and found no differences in the milk, regardless of whether it was rBST-free or rBST-fed cows.

Hood and another new England dairy, Garelick, make no health claims but their milk bottles carry labels saying their farmers have pledged not to use artificial growth hormones. Monsanto says that implies that artificial growth hormones are unhealthful.

By netchicken: posted on 6-4-2007

Holy Cow!
(Pardon the pun)

I don't drink milk. I refuse to drink anything that dripped off the bottom of a cow. Still the notion that the morons are doing this is absolutely revolting to me.

There are better ways to get vitamin D, such as through green leafy veggies like spinach and collards. I ain't doing milk and my son doesn't do that crap, either. We are healthy as can be and I suggest everyone stop drinking the milk of another animal!
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 6-4-2007

I totally agree with TC. I never liked milk in the first place, and I dislike dairy.

You can get vitamin D from the sun too. Also, oranges and tangerines are richer in absorpable calcium than milk is.

I also don't like the way milk is made. To get the milk from the cow, they make her have a calf to get the lactation going, then they take the little baby cow from his momma and often use it for veal. This creates alot of stress on both baby and momma, as cows are very maternal, and they have been known to escape and wander off their farms looking for their calves.

Its just plain mean, and when you add crap like this, adding hormones and garbage to food the cows eat, it makes me even more glad I am a dairy hater.
By Twilight_Rogue: posted on 7-4-2007

I myself am an avid milk drinker. My body craves it.

However, about two years ago I became aware of this issue of what was being added to it with the encouragement of Monsanto, so I switched to organic milk (as well as organic dairy & meat - because it's in the meat too) and here is what happened.

First, to my delight the milk had a flavor I had not tasted since I was a child. It tasted like milk and you have no idea what it is suppossed to taste like till you taste it again, having tasted it as a child before it was adulterated. Second, my weight stabilized. Yep - my weight issues I had been battling since I got to "that age" vanished.

The most significant part of this weight thing was I was a gut fat only person, so every pound I put on went straight there as fat. I now have a flat stomach with no exercise. It turns out there is a substance naturally occurring in milk called CLA that prohibits abdominal fat. Organic milk is loaded with the stuff. The non-organic milk has next to none in comparison.

So, for those of you who like milk (obviously not you guys - lol) drink away, as long as it's organic. I am unable to ingest the vast quatities of other foods that contain calcium the way I can milk, so it's easier for me to get it that way, and I am also at that age where my bone health is critical moving forward, especially since I refuse to take HRT or Fosamax (I am surgically menapausal). I drink four to five quarts a week, but all my milk and cheese is organic only.
By MELtdown: posted on 8-4-2007

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