Hunt, Staff Writer - Waking Times
mother of three young children, the debate centered around the nutritional
value of cow’s milk has been at the forefront of my mind for quite
some time. Conditioned by the well-known campaigns of milk marketers “Milk.
It does a body good.” and “Got Milk?”, I’ve been
led to believe that milk is needed – especially by young children
– for good bone growth, brain development and, of course, to meet
the body’s calcium needs.
does a body so much good, why is US-produced milk banned in Europe? It turns
out that in 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of
recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). rBGH in milk is believed to increase
the risk of cancer. In an attempt to protect its citizens from genetically-modified
milk, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the U.N. Food Safety Agency representing
101 nations worldwide, has banned rBGH milk in the 101 nations that it represents.
Canada is another country where rBGH milk is banned.
European Commission organized independent research to review the effect
of rBGH on public health. Here is what they found:
public health committee confirmed earlier reports of excess levels of the
naturally occurring Insulin-like-Growth Factor One (IGF-1), including its
highly potent variants, in rBGH milk and concluded that these posed major
risks of cancer, particularly of the breast and prostate, besides promoting
the growth and invasiveness of cancer cells by inhibiting their programmed
self-destruction (apoptosis).” Source: Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
is another one of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered products that
mimics the cow’s naturally-produced BGH hormone. American dairy farmers
inject their cows with rBGH to increase how much milk each cow produced
– usually by 20%. The use of rBGH results in cows also producing more
IGF-1 hormone, to such excess that milk from rBGH-treated cows has up to
80% more IGF-1.
throughout the world argue that consumption of excess IGF-1 hormone, which
is also found in humans, may result in a higher risk of breast, colon and
prostate cancer. Yet, in the US, Monsanto and the milk industry do not clearly
label which milk comes from rBGH-treated cows.
the effect on humans is just one of the problems. The use of rBGH also has