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Organic Milk Much Better

Here’s a short article that will summarize some key things to know for making a decision to buy Organic milk, or at the very least, milk that is from cows that were not fed the rBGH growth hormone. Be careful of some of the deceptive labelling practices. Some milk is labelled “Does not contain rBGH”, however, that’ is misleading. The problem isn’t with the milk containing rBGH, it’s with the cows being fed the rBGH.

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Here’s an exerpt of the list of reasons not to drink rBGH milk.

#  rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its Posilac drug label.

# rBGH milk is often contaminated with pus, due to mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and also with antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. This poses risks of nationwide antibiotic resistance to life threatening infections.

# rBGH milk is chemically, and nutritionally different than natural milk. These differences include increased levels of milk fat, posing cardiovascular risks.

# Milk from cows injected with rBGH is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the gut into the blood, and provoke foreign antibodies.

# rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut. These levels are further increased following pasteurization.

# In numerous published scientific studies over the last two decades, excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.

# IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms, technically known as apoptosis, against the growth of early submicroscopic cancers.

Perhaps more shocking, is that in 1999 the European Commision report, with a body of well recognized international experts concluded that avoiding the rBGH milk in favor of organic milk “would appear to be the most practical and immediate dietary intervention to . . . achieve the goal of preventing cancer.”

Unfortunately, with Monsanto, the maker of rBGH, also deeply intrenched in the FDA, the power to make a change is in the hands of consumers instead of policy makers. So I encourage everyone to make the choice to buy organic milk.

As a side note, in California, Clover Stornetta farms makes an Organic brand ($6.00/gallon) and a regular brand of milk ($3.50 /gallon). Both are from cows not raised on rBGH, however, the regular brand is much cheaper. The organic brand goes one step further and completely organically certifies each step of the process and uses a different farm for that process. Currently we purchase the regular brand of Clover Stornetta since we usually drink about 2 gallons a week and couldn’t justify purchasing the organic brand.

Read the labelling carefully and make sure that the cows are not fed rBGH. Preferrably the cows should come from a farm that treats the cows humanely and allows them to graze in pastures. Clover Stornetta farms allow for the cows to graze during the months that the grasses are available and it’s not too wet (4-5 months of the year). Clover Stornetta Farms

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