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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:40 PM
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Got milk? Or, with today's hormonified moo, got pus?
http://www.ejnet.org/bgh/nogood.html

The recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), a genetically engineered hormone manufactured by Monsanto, has sparked a controversy nationwide since its introduction to the marketplace a couple of years ago. Sometimes referred to as Bovine Somatotropin (rBST), the bioengineered hormone is injected in the cows every other week to force the cows to produce more milk than their bodies normally would. rBGH is similar, although not identical, to a hormone that the cow naturally produces. Increasing levels of this hormone boosts milk production, causing a number of problems with the milk, among them, raising levels of pus, antibiotics residues and a cancer-accelerating hormone called IGF-1.

Pus

Whenever cows are forced to produce more milk, they become more susceptible to udder infections called mastitis. Mastitis is a condition which can increase the amount of cows pus which ends up in the milk. Monsanto's own data shows that there is a 79% increase in mastitis (udder infections) and a resulting 19% increase in somatic cell counts (pus & bacteria in the milk). In fact, the warning label on Monsantos Posilac drug (their brand name for rBGH) explicitly states: "Cows injected with POSILAC are at an increased risk for clinical mastitis (visibly abnormal milk). The number of cows affected with clinical mastitis and the number of cases per cow may increase.... In some herds, use of POSILAC has been associated with increases in somatic cell counts ." The warning label goes on to say "use of POSILAC may result in an increase in digestive disorders such as indigestion, bloat, and diarrhea.... Studies indicated that cows injected with POSILAC had increased numbers of enlarged hocks and lesions (e.g., lacerations, enlargements, calluses) of the knee...and...of the foot region."


Okey. I'll stick with hormone-free milk, thanks all the same you corporate puspots. :puke: Oh, the article has more.
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:44 PM
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1. uh- going to the co-op now to but the organic stuff
couldn't read the message
:puke:
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:45 PM
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2. This is why I either buy organic or drink soymilk instead (n/t)
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:45 PM
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3. Rice Dream, please.
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Aiptasia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:46 PM
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4. Does "Coffeemate" count as milk?
I gave up milk about 10 years ago. I was never a big cereal eater so I don't miss it. However, when I was a kid I used to drink it by the gallon.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:47 PM
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5. *sips latte with organic milk* can't scare me!
:P
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:49 PM
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6. nope, we only use organic dairy products
my kids' dad grew up on a dairy farm. when organic milk came available, he was the first to pay almost $4 a half gallon for it!

he'll buy them sugary cereal, juices and snacks, but he will NOT bend on the organic milk. never.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:51 PM
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7. I wouldn't touch anything with dairy in it.
Soymilk or nothing.

Disgusting.
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:11 PM
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8. Fucking gross!
n/t
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:16 PM
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10. Don't blame me. I didn't pull the udder that's fighting back.
Just a hypno-service announcement the world needs to know.
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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:17 PM
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9. Organic for me too!!
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:18 PM
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11. I love milk, but organic only for me. n/t
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