The recent decade has seen the rise in the development of so-called “genetically-engineered” foods, from genetically-modified corn to rice, vegetables and even hormones for cows. One of the most commonly-used hormones for milk production is called rbgh. Rbgh stands for recombinant bovine growth hormone. Rbgh is an artificial copy of a normally-occurring hormone that’s found in dairy cows, and the brand is produced by the company Monsanto. This hormone is generally sold to farmers, where it gets injected into the dairy cow, and it helps in increasing milk production, by as much as fifteen percent. Here are more facts about the genetically-engineered milk growth hormone.
How Cow Growth Hormone Can Spoil Milk
The cow growth hormone rgbh has been tested industrial giants like Monsanto to greatly help increase milk production by as much as fifteen percent. However, the company didn’t tell the public about its potentially harmful effects to both humans, and cows. According to environmental advocates, rbgh affects livestock too. It can lead to potentially lead to fatal lameness in cows, and also lead to mutations on cows, as well as painful udder infections called mastitis. Mastitis often results because of the over-use of antibiotics, and this often leads to the contamination, and early spoilage of milk. Because of mastitis, milk spoils faster due to the increased levels of pus in the infected cow’s milk.
rBGH Cancer Is A Real Danger
According to the Consumer’s Union in the United States, rbgh cancer is a real danger. The consumer group asserts that rbgh in milk should not be approved, because rgbh can lead to the development of breast, colon and prostate cancers. A recent New York Times study also revealed that a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School, increased levels of rgbh have a positive association with cancer in humans. The milk that comes from rgbh-treated cows also contains high levels of Insulin Growth Factor 1, or IGF. When humans have heightened IGF levels, they also faced higher risks of colon and breast cancer.
What startles consumer groups is why the US Food and Drug Administration approve the use of this drug, whereas rgbh is banned in most countries. The Consumer’s Union is also puzzled as to why the FDA has approved Monsanto’s production of rgbh, despite the overwhelming amount of data provided by health researchers, regarding the ill-effects of the milk growth hormone on both humans and cows. The US FDA approved the hormone’s use in 1993, although the effects were never thoroughly analyzed, and the FDA merely relied on one study that was administered by industrial giant Monsanto, where the growth hormone was injected into thirty rats for 90 days. The study was never published though, and yet the FDA even asserted that the experiment showed no adverse problems with rbgh in milk.