This Documentary is from 2007. It only reached 2- or 300,000 people. Don't let it die - make it go viral and mirror it.
July 10, 2011
Alexandra Bruce Comment
This 2007 film tells the true story of journalists hired by FoxNews to shoot a documentary on the use of bovine growth hormone in the US milk industry. These hormones are not approved for consumption in most countries outside of the US.
FoxNews realized too late that this expose would upset their powerful advertiser, The Monsanto Company.
The lengths to which FoxNews went, in order to quiet the reporters is totally hair-raising...
***More About rBST***
Bovine somatotropin (abbreviated bST and BST), or BGH, is a hormone produced by the cow's pituitary gland. Monsanto was the first to develop the technology and marketed it as "Posilac" - a brand now owned by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.
The United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Posilac was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier.
In the United States, public opinion has caused a number of products and retailers to become "rBST-free."
In 1937, the administration of BST was shown to increase the milk yield in lactating cows by preventing mammary cell death in dairy cattle. Until the 1980s, there was very limited use of the compound in agriculture as the sole source of the hormone was from *bovine cadavers.* Monsanto developed a recombinant version of BST, brand-named Posilac, in 1994, which is *produced through a genetically engineered E. coli.* A gene that codes for the sequence of amino acids that make up BST is inserted into the DNA of the E. coli bacterium. The bacteria are then broken up and separated from the rBST, which is purified to produce the injectable hormone. Growth hormones associated with injections given to dairy cows to increase milk production are known under an assortment of terms, but these terms, in general, refer to the Monsanto product. The Monsanto fact sheet on its proprietary product states that, when injected into dairy cattle, the product can increase milk production by an average of more than 10% over the span of 300 days.
FDA is concerned that the term "rBST free" may imply a compositional difference between milk from treated and untreated cows rather than a difference in the way the milk is produced. Without proper context, such statements could be misleading. Such unqualified statements may imply that milk from untreated cows is safer or of higher quality than milk from treated cows. Such an implication would be false and misleading ".
In an article by Tom Laskawy from Grist "GOGREEN", he summarized: On September 30, 2010, a U.S. court of appeal found based on studies presented that there is a "compositional difference" between milk from rBSG-treated cows and untreated milk. The court found that studies have shown that rBST milk has:
***increased levels of the hormone IGF-1; lower nutritional quality when produced at certain points in the cow's lactation cycle; and more somatic cell counts, which may "make the milk turn sour more quickly."*** - Wikipedia