If you didn’t read Is Milk Good For You you might be surprised to find out that American milk is actually banned in Europe, and it has been for some time. What could possibly cause this strict trade enforcement? Should the decision bother you? Turns out, it probably should.
The reason for the ban, is the use of rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, also known as rBST) on the cows. BGH is a natural hormone that cows produce, and back in the early 90’s Monsanto created their own version of it which Americans now inject into cows in order increase their milk production.
If it’s a natural hormone, is it really bad?
In short, yes. It’s bad for both humans and for cows.
What does it do to humans?
You’d be hard pressed to find evidence from the FDA, but Europe has done their own research. In humans, rBGH causes a huge increase in the protein IGF-1 (insulin like growth factor). IGF-1 is another natural protein, but in large amounts can lead to breast and prostate cancers. It also enables cancer cell colonies to form. Some research suggests that rBGH is linked to human antibiotic resistance and some allergies. The FDA sloughs off the studies (of course).
That sounds pretty bad, what about the cows?
Animal welfare came into the limelight with the breakout of Mad Cow Disease. The ban on rBGH in Europe followed. Animals treated with the hormone have greater risk of lameness, sterility, mastitis (udder inflammation) and anemia. Animal experts say the modern milk cow is already pushed to exhaustion, and attempting to increase milk production is inhumane.
Europe (and other industrialized nations) have implemented a quota system, which means they can’t overproduce milk. In the USA, producers don’t have such limits, putting the welfare of the animals at greater risk.
If you want to read about how drinking milk actually depletes calcium, check THIS out.
What do you think about the use of rBGH in milk? Have you been convinced yet that milk isn’t good for you?
A lot of people are emailing and asking for more information on this subject.
Here is a LINK to another article where I found many of my reference articles (check the bottom of the site)
Here is a LINK to an article by the Cancer Prevention Coalition. Again there are more scientific references at the bottom of the article.
Here is a LINK to a movie posted by Organic Connections. I found the lawsuits involving Monsanto especially interesting.