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Stick it to Starbucks

by Sheila Franklin
calicutta@hotmail.com

“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 get IGF-1.

Did you say Starbucks? Indeed I did. Can you imagine? The world‘s #1 specialty coffee retailer serves you designer coffee possibly laced with hormones. Now, it is true that they offer soy milk and organic choices if you ask, but these are an option, not a standard, and you will be charged extra.

How will I know if my dairy products are injected with these hormones? Generally, you won’t unless you buy organic or purchase dairy products from farms that you personally visit. Current USDA guidelines only demand that organic products contain that kind of labeling. Many large companies, such as Ben and Jerry’s and Tillamook cheese, only use milk from sustainable
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.

Visit www.sustainabletable.org. 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 a visit.

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, have 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….

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