Have you ever wondered what was in your food? Or do you just take it for granted? Does the powers that be ALWAYS have our best interests at in mind?
Milk. Probably the most important food in the fridge. Possibly the house. We all know that it comes from cows (or goats, etc.), and that it is typically mass produced by homogenization and pasteurization in huge quantities, shipped by tractor-trailers to the local supermarkets and big box stores.
But what is in it?
Obviously Calcium. Because that is why we drink milk. To make our bodies and bones strong. It also contains Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Vitamins D,and Vitamin K.
That’s not too bad. What else is in it?
Antibiotics, recombinant bovine sematropin (rbST) more commonly known as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
We know what antibiotics are, but recombiwhat?
In 1985, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), determined that meat and milk derived from cattle given rbST are safe for humans to consume. Specifically in reference to milk, the FDA stated that milk from a cow supplemented with rbST or rbGH “is not different” from that of a non-supplemented cow. Then came the criticism from opponents of biotechnology. Although the charges leveled against rbST by these groups and individuals were dismissed by mainstream scientists, they were sufficiently alarming to generate widespread coverage in the news media. As a result, consumers were left confused and uncertain about rbST. The FDA decided to initiate another review of all aspects of rbST use. After nearly a decade of further tests and evaluations, the FDA approved rbST for commercial use in November 1993. Currently Monsanto, is the company that markets rbST, under the name Hygetropin.
Yet, there is still controversy.
Many groups remain concerned. The European Union has recommended against Monsanto milk. On June 9, 2006 the largest milk processor in the world and the two largest supermarkets in the United States, Dean Foods, Wal-Mart, and Kroger, announced that they are “on a nationwide search for rBGH-free milk.” Milk that advertises that it comes from cows not treated with rBST is required to state this finding on its label.
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. a professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and Chairman of the international Cancer Prevention Coalition agrees. He suggests that:
* rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its POSILAC label.
* rBGH milk is contaminated by pus, due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.
* rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.
* rBGH milk is contaminated with rBGH, traces of which are absorbed through the gut.
* rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut.
* Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast, colon, prostate, and testicular cancers.
* IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers.
* rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms.
* rBGH enriches Monsanto, while posing dangers, without any benefits, to consumers.
Just so you know, because I try not to leave any stone unturned, Monsanto donated over $300,000 in last years elections.
Milk. It does a body good?
Taken From: http://gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1159/entry/26778/