milk

Pennsylvania Governor Rethinks Milk Labeling Rule for rBST

Friday, February 22, 2008 by: Teri Lee Gruss
Tags: milk labeling, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell recently overruled a decision by PA Secretary of Agriculture, Dennis Wolff to ban "hormone-free" milk labeling. State residents en masse, let their legislators know that the milk label ruling set to take effect on January 1, 2008 was not in their best interest.

In October of 2007 Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Wolff ruled that milk free of recombinant somatotropin (rBST) could not be labeled as such. rBST is also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). See Dr.Emily Kane's article Pennsylvania Bans rBGH-Free Labels On Dairy Products 12/13/2007
(http://www.NaturalNews.com/022379.html) .

The labeling controversy of rBST/rBGH -free milk is not new. Monsanto has legally disputed the rights of hormone-free dairies to make hormone-free label claims for years. The FDA approved the use of Monsanto's recombinant BST in 1994, which is used to increase milk production in dairy cows.

What does recombinant mean?

The genetic material produced when segments of DNA from different sources are joined to produce recombinant DNA, resulting from new combinations of genetic material~ Random House

An organism or cell in which genetic recombination has taken place. Material produced by genetic engineering~ American Heritage

Americans have been drinking genetically engineered milk for over thirteen years.

Should we be concerned about this? Should consumers, through labeling laws, have a right to choose whether they want to serve their families genetically modified dairy foods including milk, cheeses and ice cream or dairy foods from non treated cows?

Or should the practice of treating dairy herds with rBST be banned in the U.S. as it is in Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and most European Union countries? Most people, with the exception of those representing Monsanto and the FDA, would likely say YES to all of the above.

The recombinant hormone industry claims that their hormones are "supplements" and bioidentical to hormones normally produced by cows.

According to an article on foodandwaterwatch.org Say No to rBGH - "Injections of rBGH increase another powerful hormone, called IGF-1, in the cow and the cow's milk. Numerous studies indicate that IGF-1 survives digestion. Too much IGF-1 in humans is linked with increased rates of colon, breast, and prostate cancer".

IGF-1 is an insulin-like growth factor.

Samuel Epstein MD, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health. He authored GOT (Genetically Engineered) MILK! The Monsanto rBGH/BST Milk Wars Handbook (2001) and says that rBGH is different that naturally occurring BGH in milk.

rBGH milk is a genetically modified product.

According to Dr. Epstein, "The hormone itself is unarguably a GE variant of normal BGH with distinct molecular, chemical, and immunological differences".

Dr. Epstein says that "rBGH milk differs from natural milk in a wide range of parameters including nutritional, biochemical, pharmacological, immunological and hormonal, besides being contaminated with the GE hormone itself, excess levels of IGF-1 including a highly potent variant, and sometimes pus and antibiotics".

In the article Think Before You Drink, Ben Davis says that in a 1990 Science magazine article FDA scientists acknowledged that rBGH milk had higher levels of IGF-1 that non rBGH milk. Mr. Davis also says that scientists at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly found a ten fold increase in IFG-1 concentration in rBGH treated milk.

David said that "Contrary to industry and FDA propaganda, IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization and that several FDA scientists acknowledged that pasteurization instead substantially increases IGF-1 levels in milk and that IGF-1 is readily absorbed across the intestinal wall". According to Davis, Monsanto was aware of this back in 1987.

The Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association stated: "Further studies will be required to determine whether the ingestion of higher than normal concentrations of bovine insulin-like growth factor is safe for children, adolescents and adults."

So far no such studies have been funded or designed.

This is why labeling laws are in the public's long term interest.

It is disturbing to think that every day in America millions and millions of children drink rBGH milk while there is strong scientific debate regarding its long term safety.

The overturned milk labeling rule in Pennsylvania illustrates that when people demand that their legislators act in the name of public interest, positive results are possible.

However, in Pennsylvania as in other states, the new labels must carry the following statement, "No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows."

How this statement is interpreted depends on how you perceive the meaning of significant differences. Elevated concentration of IGF-1, a potential cancer stimuli is a genuinely distinct and significant difference!

Isn't it in our best long term health interest to demand that our legislators require full labeling disclosures for all genetically modified and, now, meat from cloned origins?

Sources:

Editorial | Milk and Health: Don't ban 'hormone-free' label Wed, Jan. 2, 2008, The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20080...)

(http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news/ng.asp...)

What compelled Sam Epstein to write GOT (Genetically Engineered) MILK!
(http://www.preventcancer.com/about/epstein.h...)

(http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/dairy/...)

(http://www.foodsafetynow.org/rbgh2.cfm)

(http://consciouschoice.com/1995-98/cc086/bgh...)

Prosser, C. G., Fleet I. R., A. N. Corps. "Increased secretion of insulin-like growth factor 1 into milk of cows treated with recombinantly derived bovine growth hormone." Journal of Dairy Research 56(1):17-26, 1989

(http://dictionary.reference.com/search?db=di...)

About the author

Teri Lee Gruss, MS Human Nutrition

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.