U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of rBGH in U.S. dairy cows in November, 1993, without taking a position on the issue of cruelty to animals
recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, rBGH or rBST vs.Organic Dairy Many links
Healthier Milk is Coming! Bovine Growth Hormone to Stop
Milk and the Cancer Connection by Hans R. Larsen, MSc ChE
"Concerns about the safety of milk from BST-treated cows were raised as early as 1988 by scientists in both England and the United States(14,15,17-22). One of the main concerns is the high levels of IGF-1 found in milk from treated cows; estimates vary from twice as high to 10 times higher than in normal cow's milk(13,14,23). There is also concern that the IGF-1 found in treated milk is much more potent than that found in regular milk because it seems to be bound less firmly to its accompanying proteins(13). "
"Researchers at the FDA reported in 1990 that IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization and that pasteurization actually increases its concentration in BST-milk. They also confirmed that undigested protein could indeed cross the intestinal wall in humans and cited tests which showed that oral ingestion of IGF-1 produced a significant increase in the growth of a group of male rats - a finding dismissed earlier by the Monsanto scientists(25). The most important aspect of these experiments is that they show that IGF-1 can indeed enter the blood stream from the intestines - at least in rats. ""
"Unfortunately, essentially all the scientific data used by the FDA in the approval process was provided by the manufacturers of rBGH and much of it has since been questioned by independent scientists. The effect of IGF-1 in rBGH-milk on human health has never actually been tested and in March 1991 researchers at the National Institutes of Health admitted that it was not known whether IGF-1 in milk from treated cows could have a local effect on the esophagus, stomach or intestines(26,27). "
". Bovine growth hormone is banned in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The European Union has maintained its moratorium on the use of rBGH and milk products from BST-treated cows are not sold in countries within the Union. Canada has also so far resisted pressure from the United States and the biotechnology lobby to approve the use of rBGH commercially. In light of the serious concerns about the safety of human consumption of milk from BST-treated cows consumers must maintain their vigilance to ensure that European and Canadian governments continue to resist the pressure to approve rBGH and that the FDA in the United States moves immediately to ban rBGH-milk or at least allow its labeling so that consumers can protect themselves against the very real cancer risks posed by IGF-1. "
#639 - Genetically Altering The World's Food, February 25, 1999 Rachel's Environment & Health News.
" On January 14, after an 8-year scientific review, Canada rejected Monsanto corporation's request for approval of its genetically altered milk hormone, rBGH, a drug that makes dairy cows produce 10% more milk than normal. This was a serious setback for Monsanto because rBGH was the company's first genetically-engineered product and Monsanto had hoped international acceptance of rBGH would smoothe the way for its other genetically-engineered farm crops like cotton, tomatoes, potatoes, rice, corn, and soybeans. " "U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of rBGH in U.S. dairy cows in November, 1993, without taking a position on the issue of cruelty to animals"
Genetically engineered Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/BST) in your milk Both the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Consumer's Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, have warned of the potential hazards to human health caused by consuming products derived from rBGH-treated cows.
"What is rBGH? - Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is a genetically engineered copy of a naturally occurring hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto Company, the drug is sold to dairy farmers under the name POSILAC, though you'll also find it called BGH, rBGH, BST and rBST. When rBGH gets injected into dairy cows, milk production increases by as much as 10-15%. The use of rBGH on dairy cows was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late 1993 and has been in use since 1994."
MILK, RBGH AND CANCER
Fox BGH lawsuit (Synthetic, genetically engineered, Bovine Growth HormoneHere you will find behind-the-scenes details about how a large share of America’s milk supply has quietly become adulterated with the effects of a synthetic hormone (bovine growth hormone, or BGH) secretly injected into cows…and how pressure from the hormone maker Monsanto led Fox TV to fire two of its award-winning reporters and sweep under the rug much of what they discovered but were never allowed to broadcast.
Monsanto and Fox: Partners in Censorship
Monsanto Concealed Potential rBGH Hazards from Public
BREAST CANCER, RBGH AND MILK
Monsanto protects itself from product liability March 31, 1994
Bovine Growth Hormone (Canadian Site)
Robert Cohen's Victory - Death Of Bovine Growth Hormone!
rBGH -- Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone -- It's Bad News
We oppose the use of rBGH Stonyfield Farm (Dairy)
What is rBGH* Bovine Growth Hormone is a natural protein produced by the pituitary gland of cattle. The hormone has a variety of effects including the stimulation of milk production. The gene responsible for natural production of Bovine Growth Hormone in cattle was isolated, genetically modified, and transferred into bacterial cells to produce the genetically engineered Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) also referred to as rBST.
The current consensus is that cows given rBGH increase their milk production by an average of between 10 and 25 percent. The hormone is not used for any therapeutic purpose in animals
Bovine Growth Hormone Consumer Reports
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