Monsanto's Holiday Message to Consumers: Shut Up and Drink Your Hormone-Laced Milk
Hormone labeling of Pa. milk to end
It can unfairly imply that milk from injected cows isn't safe, officials say
By Tom Avril
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 23, 2007
WASHINGTON BORO, Pa. - Twenty years ago, John Harnish was happy if his cows each yielded 17,000 pounds of milk a year. These days, his 145 black-and-white animals are veritable dairy queens - producing a hefty 27,000 pounds each.
He credits most of the increase to breeding, more frequent milking, and better feed. Another factor comes straight from the biotech lab: biweekly injections of synthetic growth hormone.
If you don't like that, you won't like this:
As of Feb. 1 in Pennsylvania, consumers won't be able to tell the difference between milk from farms that inject their cows and milk from those that don't.
The state Agriculture Department has forbidden dairies that don't use the hormone from touting that fact on milk-bottle labels, contending it gives the impression that milk like Harnish's is unsafe.
It is the first such move in the nation, and the ensuing debate has spilled from the aisles at Whole Foods to the halls of Harrisburg, where the governor's office is reviewing the decision. The issue also has come up at hearings in New Jersey, though the state has proposed no change.
After extensive study, and 14 years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the hormone for use, there is indeed no proof that milk from injected cows is unsafe. But some researchers say questions about the drug's impacts remain unanswered...
We make butter infrequently now, but we make yogurt every week, have real cream with our coffee and make ice cream with rapadura.
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