Thursday, March 06, 2008


"There are some corporations that clearly are operating at a level that are disastrous for the general public … And in fact I suppose one could argue that in many respects a corporation of that sort is the prototypical psychopath, at the corporate level instead of the individual level." --Dr. Robert Hare, The Corporation

Since 1901, Monsanto has brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, Terminator seeds and recombined milk, among other infamous products. But it's currently obsessed with the milk, or, more importantly, the milk labels, particularly those that read "rBST-free" or "rBGH-free." It's not the "BST" or "BGH" that bothers them so much; after all, bovine somatrophin, also known as bovine growth hormone, isn't exactly what the company is known for. Which is to say, it's naturally occurring. No, the problem is the "r" denoting "recombined." There's nothing natural about it. In fact, the science is increasingly pointing to the possibility that recombined milk is -- surprise! -- not as good for you as the real thing.

"Consumption of dairy products from cows treated with rbGH raise a number of health issues," explained Michael Hansen, a senior scientist for Consumers Union. "That includes increased antibiotic resistance, due to use of antibiotics to treat mastitis and other health problems, as well as increased levels of IGF-1, which has been linked to a range of cancers."

For its part, Monsanto is leaning on the crutch of terminology to derail the mounting threat to its bottom line: The consumer-driven revolution against recombined food. And so the St. Louis-based agri-chem giant has launched a war of words in the form of a full-court press to suppress the "rBGH-free" label at the state level. And it's sticking to its guns by obfuscating and indulging in cheap semantics.

"RBST is a supplement that helps the cow produce more milk," Monsanto spokesperson Lori Hoag explained to me via email. "It is injected into the cow, not into the milk. There is no way to test because the milk is absolutely the same. Neither the public nor a scientist can tell the difference in the milk because there is not a difference. Consumers absolutely have a right to know if there is a difference in foods they are buying. In this case, there simply is not a difference."

@ Alternet


Humans are not meant to drink cow's milk anyway but what have we done? made an entire industry with it and BIG PHARMA is developing anti-cholesterol drugs to counteract it's effects. My son has a lactose intolerance as do I and many others also cannot tolerate this substance which we are supposed to drink 3 times a day, PTOOIE!!

Monsanto are just one of a long line of corporate greed producers willing to sacrifice the American people for profit.




DEN said...


Bossy sez, quit drinking my calfies food!

Contented, chemically enhanced cows, can't cope.

º¿carol said...

I've always had milk with dinner. Goes with food for me. I do drink skim though.

Alan said...

Wow, lactose intolerant. I feel for ya guy. No ice cream or yogurt? That's gotta suck. You never came home high as a teenager and dug into the Oreos with a glass of milk? For shame! hehe

DEN said...

Alan, LI does not stop me with the ice cream, too good to give up, I just get the squirts, got diverticulosis too, so I got squirts off and on anyway, screw it!

I use Lactaid on my crunchies in the morning, tastes better than milk!

Alan said...

LI does not stop me with the ice cream, too good to give up...

Oh good good. I mean, I'm glad you can enjoy a little ice cream.

David B. Benson said...

Alan --- Fortunately I hadn't even poured the coffee yet when I read your post to me for yesterday.

I'd say what a loon, but I don't want to insult loons!

David B. Benson said...

Pouring now.

Mind what you post!

Greenjeans said...


Anonymous said...

When milking the Holstein you always squeeze and jerk at the same time. Women perform this activity the best and it is their second nature. They seem to need no practice or schooling what so ever. Its a feat without hoves so to speak, an I on the wrong blog?

David B. Benson said...

The vast majority of adults are lactose intolerant. The exceptions are those of (some) northern European ancestry and also cattle-raising tribes in Africa (whose group name escapes me just now).

Even those with all but the most severe lactose intolerance should be able to enjoy yogurt. (Consider where it originated.)

down the hatch said...

Lactose Tolerance in East Africa Points to Recent Evolution

In Kenya, when I'd visit a Masai Mara village, I was sometimes offered a drink of cow's blood and milk.

The mixing of cow's blood, obtained by nicking the jugular vein, and milk is done for a ritual drink for special celebrations and as nourishment for the ailing.

Hajji said...

People of Native American decent have a notoriously high incidence of Lactose Intolorance.

I learned this from Barbara Kingsolver. Many things I've learned and learned to love because of her!

I wonder if it is because they are among the last people to domesticate cows.

Cows and horses only came to the new-world with the Spanish invasion and occupation of the Central and Southern Americas.

I imagine trying to milk a bison would've been a dangerous proposition.

Brain's dead...

Spanky's coming this weekend...

Road trip to Baton Rouge and NYawlins!

Maybe a couple daze canvassing in Jackson, MS (it IS on the way, after all!)



DEN said...

The Bovine additives is what concerns me and most recently the huge meat recall from downer cattle.

Mad Cow is a reality and one more threat to humanity to be prevented at all costs.

Our nation depends on a reliable, safe food supply, no place to cut corners.

Well that's enough for one day,
Time to mooooove on to the sack.

I think I'll count cows instead of sheep tonite.