Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, a synthetic hormone given to cows to improve milk production is banned in many countries such as Japan, Canada and the entire European Union. This because its effects on the health of cows is unknown.
Pennsylvania dairies that don't use this hormone on their cattle have been stamping their milk containers with hormone free labels so consumers, particularly mothers with young children, know if the cattle that produce their milk are hormone free.
This hormone is sold by the Monsanto Co. The Federal Trade Commission has already denied a request from Monsanto that it stop dairies that don't use synthetic hormones from advertising this fact.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis C. Wolff doesn't see it this way. He said advertising one brand of milk as free from artificial hormones implies that the competitors brand of milk is unsafe. So, effective Jan. 1, 2008, dairies selling milk in Pennsylvania will be banned from advertising on their milk containers that their milk comes from cows that haven't been given rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin).
It seems, Mr. Wolff feels he is a better judge of what the consumer or the Federal Trade Commission should know about the products we buy.
If Mr. Wolff would like to improve the quality of plants, animals and humans in Pennsylvania he should start by reading "A Tale of Two Tomatoes" at Rotheraine.com and watch the animation and video at the top of the homepage.
We received this email from a reader that is aware of the above:
I just read a very apt description of genetically-modified (GM) vegetables: Frankenfood. But what's scariest about GM crops is not simply that they are manipulating DNA, but that they are not testing it before they sell it to the public to be consumed!
Tell the FDA to take GM corn off the market until a 2-year study is done. >>
A recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences has shown that three GM corn crops produced by Monsanto caused kidney and liver damage as well as some heart, adrenal, spleen and blood damage in rats.
This is some of the first news about this type of study because it is one of the first. The FDA allowed Monsanto to simply re-assure them that the foods were safe, and they were put on the market. Now we see that these foods are potentially hazardous to our health. This is a disgrace!
The FDA is putting the American people at risk. Tell them to put safety over profits. Act now! >>
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