First, being a teacher, I think definitions always help out. I saw a sign at a church a few weeks back that said, “Jesus was radically inclusive.” WTF? Had to look that one up.
rBST really stands for Recombiant Bovine Somatotropin. Let’s break it down.
Recombiant = artificial DNA
Somatotropin= growth hormone
Essentially, it is growth hormones that are being given to cows made from artificial DNA. Why are cows getting this? It increases their lactation. As always, I try to follow the money trail. Why do we need more milk? Monsanto supplies rBST to the dairy farmers. If you don’t know about Monsanto, I suggest you rent the movie Food Inc. or The Future of Food.
I know, I know you say…but MILK, it does a body good.
This is where it gets a little unsettling… cows only lactate after they give birth to a calf. Dairy cows are artificially impregnated every year to ensure this. The female calves are taken away to become dairy cows and the males calves are either turned into veal or beef for our consumption.
And because cows are given rBST, it causes the utters to have mastitis (inflamed swollen utters) thus antibiotics are needed. But thank god, the FDA has said that it is okay to have up to 200 million somatic cells in each liter of milk. And what are somatic cells you ask? In keeping it real, it is pus from inflamed utters. So the FDA has okayed that in each glass of milk you drink there can be up to seven drops of pus.
But, I said I would provide both sides of the story. So here it is. Monsanto and the FDA disagree.
Calcium, it’s good for the bones right?? There are 300 miligrams of calcium in an 8 oz. glass of milk. Where else can you get this?
8 oz. of orange juice
1 cup of collard greens, spinach, or kale
This whole blog started because I thought I was buying quality butter and saw the picture above. Why was this statement put on Whole Food’s butter? Got to love Google!
I quote, “Monsanto sued an independent dairy over their use of a label which pledged to not use artificial growth hormones. The dairy stated that their disagreement was not over the scientific evidence for the safety of rBST (Monsanto’s complaint about the label), but “We’re in the business of marketing milk, not Monsanto’s drugs.” The suit was settled when the dairy agreed to add a qualifying statement to their label: “FDA states: No significant difference in milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormones.”
Oddly enough FOX13 in Tampa was reporting information on rBST back in 1996. They found documents from Monsanto which failed to turn over health concerns to the FDA about rBST. Monsanto asked the journalists to change the story and they refused, resulting in both of them being fired. Both reporters sued Fox and Fox filed a counter-suit of 1.7 million against them.
The European Union banned the use of rBST in 1990. Starbucks and Walmart no longer use rBST milk since 2008.
As consumers we vote with our money every day. Walmart felt the heat from “the people” and changed.
I’m not saying not to drink your glass of milk or have your bowl of ice cream, but be aware of where your milk is coming from, the conditions of the dairy cows and vote with your money!
I’m not hating, I’m just saying.