As the debate on the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms rages on in different parts of the world, health experts from the US are telling parents that modified bovine growth hormone in milk is dangerous to the welfare of milk-drinkers, especially the little children.
The genetically engineered rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone is a man-made hormone that is regularly injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production by about 10%-15%. RBGH accomplishes this by increasing the levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) in the cows.
Scientists And Doctors Say That rBGH Dangers Are Real
Now, many are claiming that the reports of rBGH dangers are fabricated but health authorities as well as some scientists say that the ill-effects of drinking rBGH milk are all too real. One of the traits of rBGH is that it doesn’t get destroyed in the pasteurization process, which makes it a threat to the safety of anyone who drinks milk from modified dairy cows.
Another danger comes from the IGF-1 itself. Like rBGH, IGF-1 doesn’t get destroyed when dairy producers pasteurize their milk. The IGF-1, which affects cell growth, can be dangerous to milk drinkers, because when the IGF-1 is ingested it can become a potential cancer accelerator. IGF-1 has been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
Aside from these, pus from the cows who develop certain kinds of wounds because of their reaction to rBGH, also get in the milk and in turn, be ingested by consumers.
Why Milk Without rBGH Is Best For Your Family
That’s why parents should keep in mind that good old milk without rBGH, just the way Mother Nature made it, is still best for the family. They should make it a point to buy only rBGH free milk brands. After all, unmodified milk has always been considered and proven to be a good part of our daily diet.
What parents should do is to refrain from buying milk that came from rBGH-tainted cows. However, doing that isn’t as simple as it sounds. First of all, the USDA doesn’t require producers of genetically modified food to label their products. This means that GM food, or in this case, GM milk can easily be passed off as any other kind of milk.
Organic producers or those who produce food without genetically modifying them, however, are labeling their products as organic products to indicate that these items are produced or grown naturally. This is part of these producers’ effort to help American consumers enjoy their right to choose whether to buy genetically modified items or not. In turn, consumers who want to buy only organic products should support these producers and farmers if they all want to keep their tables free of mutant food.
Of course, parents want to keep their family safe, and with regards to genetically modified foods, much of the responsibility falls on their hands as consumers. With the FDA allowing the use of rBGH and with the US government not requiring producers to label GM foods, parents should keep a close watch on what they eat and buy.