We’ve been cutting down on our consumption of milk and dairy over time, especially milk, since I went to school for holistic nutrition and learned about the wide spectrum of types of milk and their health effects, both good and bad. 8 years ago, I didn’t know any better. I was innocently unaware that not all milk is created equal.
What I want to share with you today is my ongoing disgust with the practices of certain dairy farmers, the FDA, and Monsanto (the manufacturer of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, otherwise known as rBGH or rBST). But you don’t have to take my word for it, I’ve included a list of resources including videos and articles to help you decide what type of milk you want to serve to your family.
What you need to know is that milk treated with rBGH has been linked to health hazards like cancer, contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria, and has been banned in other industrialize nations like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the European Union. If that’s not enough to intrigue you to read more, how about the fact that milk from cows treated with rBGH has pus in it? Gross. Even hospitals in the US are banning milk from cows treated with rBGH.
Good news? Organic milk by definition does NOT contain rBGH. You can also find conventional milk labeled “rBGH free”.
Additional reading and viewing:
rBGH/rBST – Center for Food Safety (article)