A federal appeals court recently struck down a ban in Ohio that prohibited the labeling of dairy products as “rbST free” or “hormone-free.” The court also challenged previous rulings by finding that dairy products from cows given rbST (recombinant bovine somatotropin, also known as Monsanto’s Posilac) ARE compositionally different from dairy products from non-treated cows in that they have increased levels of IGF-1, periods of lower nutritional quality, and increased somatic cell counts (i.e. more pus).
Using artificial hormones, which several countries have banned due to human and animal welfare concerns, increases milk production (up to 10%) and thus many dairy farmers insist it is vital for staying in business. Dairy farmers have argued that allowing farmers who do not use artificial hormones to label their milk as hormone-free is unfair and misleading. The recent ruling changes the picture considerably and is somewhat of a positive step from a consumer standpoint.
But a REAL consumer victory would involve REAL TRUTH IN LABELING about dairy.
CONTENTS: Even without artificial hormones, milk contains many naturally occurring hormones, allergens, fat, cholesterol, pesticides, drugs, pus, and yes, feces. These items are even more concentrated in dairy products such as cheese, ice cream, and butter.
USAGE: Intended for calves only. Hormones in the milk, such as IGF-1 cause rapid and substantial growth in calves. A calf may go from 65 lbs to 400 lbs in one year!
CALCIUM WARNING: Drinking milk actually accelerates bone loss as a result of adding excess animal protein to the body and thus, causing calcium and other minerals to be pulled from the bones to lower acid levels. “Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, the most important one being too much dietary protein.” Science 1986; 233(4763) Plant-based protein has far less of an acidic effect on the body than animal protein. Leading medical authorities on diet and disease, such as Dr. John McDougall, agree that the calcium-losing effect of protein in the body is not controversial in the scientific community, it is well-proven.
HEART & DISEASE WARNINGS: Consuming dairy products substantially increases your risk of heart disease as a result of the high saturated fat and cholesterol content. Insulin-dependent diabetes, allergies, colic, obesity, and iron deficiency in infants are also associated with dairy consumption. (see PCRM article)
CANCER WARNINGS: Dairy consumption increases the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. As noted in John Robbins book, The Food Revolution (citing a 2000 Health Professionals follow-up study) men who consume more than 2 servings of dairy products daily increase their risk of prostate cancer 70% more than men who consume no dairy.
ANIMALS & THE PLANET Were Harmed in the Making of this Product: In a dairy cow’s short life before becoming ground beef, her male babies will live short horrific lives before being sold for veal and her female calves will be fed milk other than hers and then put through a continuous cycle of forced impregnation and lactation. These sentient “milk machines” will endure painful years of standing on concrete attached to automated equipment and will suffer through the extraordinary pain of being separated from their calves. Read a compelling Animal Rights & Oppression blog post about this separation. Dairy cows given artificial hormones often suffer from severe mastitis, hoof diseases, sores, internal bleeding, and deformed calves. Yet, the FDA took only 90 days to approve Monsanto’s hormone and ruled it safe for humans and cows.
The Earth cannot escape the “Dairy Warning Label” either. Although dairy scored second to beef in terms of nitrogen pollution (a big contributor to dead zones), as Americans eat far more dairy than beef, dairy’s nitrogen footprint is much bigger. Pollution and environmental issues are inevitable when dealing with football field-sized lagoons of waste.
Ditch the dairy, grab some greens, and sit in the sun for about 15 minutes a day (no sunscreen). Humans, like cows, get the calcium they need from a plant-based diet! Calcium is far MORE bioavailable in brussels sprouts, broccoli, and other dark green vegetables and we can get our Vitamin D from the sun and/or Vitamin D enriched foods. Get more info here regarding sources of calcium. There are also numerous healthy dairy alternatives available now in stores, including coconut milk, nut milks, and soy. Visit GoDairyFree.Org for lots of resources!
Additional PCRM article