When I think about hormones, drinking milk doesn’t come to mind. But maybe it should.
This week a bill (summary) was being debated at the statehouse that would require milk producers who labeled their milk as being “hormone free” to also include an additional label that would say something like “but the FDA doesn’t think hormones are bad.”
Worldwide, most developed countries have forbid the use of rBGH in milk production — Japan, the UK, most of the EU, Australia, New Zealand, but not the United States. Those countries have realized that rBGH, while not destructive to human life, certainly is not agreeable with the cows.
As consumers, we should want to be informed about what is in our milk supply and should take serious pause when so many other developed countries have turned their back on growth hormones. Sure, the FDA says it isn’t harmful to humans, and considering how many unnecessary trials they do, they are probably right.
But at the end of the day, if we are going to drink milk, it aught to come from healthy cows.
Over a year ago, Monsanto Co. tried to get this label requirement past at the federal level. They were denied. May the states have similar wisdom.
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