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“The time has
come the walrus said, To speak of many things…”
While there may not
be a talking walrus on the premises, this is the time to speak
of a very serious matter known as rBGH.
What is this? It’s
a genetically-engineered, artificial hormone used to make dairy
cows more productive.
What can it do? It
can cause udder infections (as well as other ailments) in cows,
which then must be treated with antibiotics. In addition, injections
of rBGH (as well as rBST) increase another hormone, IGF-1, in
cows and their milk.
What does this mean
to you? As a human, it is possible that your chances
contracting colon, breast, and prostate cancer just went up.
Why the fuss? Because
not only is rBGH possibly in milk that you purchase
for home use, it is likely that every time you go out and get
a milk shake, an ice cream cone, a Starbuck’s latte, you
Did you say Starbucks?
Indeed I did. Can you imagine? The world‘s #1
specialty coffee retailer serves you designer coffee possibly
hormones. Now, it is true that they offer soy milk and organic
you ask, but these are an option, not a standard, and you will
How will I know if
my dairy products are injected with these hormones?
Generally, you won’t unless you buy organic or purchase
from farms that you personally visit. Current USDA guidelines
only demand that
organic products contain that kind of labeling. Many large companies,
as Ben and Jerry’s and Tillamook cheese, only use milk
farms, which do not inject hormones in their cows.
So what can I do
about it? Make a fuss. Call and/or write or even visit
your local grocery store, restaurant chain, or ice cream parlor
and ask where
their dairy products come from.
Download some cards they have created or
make your own leaflets, then you and your friends distribute
them to as
many Starbucks as you can during the week of June 19 - 25. Or
better yet, start
tomorrow. Keep them in a glove compartment - spot a Starbucks
- give them
Contact your local
politicians and the USDA. Let them know that you know
that they have approved the use of rBGH, even though many countries,
including Canada, Australia, Japan and all of the European Union,
banned its use.
Why should I bother?
If not for you, think of the effects from years to
come on your children, your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren….
them that AmericaJR.com sent you!