At least there’s some good news regarding rBGH milk. Last 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) surveyed fairy farms and found that the number of dairy farmers using rBGH in their cows are decreasing. Obviously, this means that there are still more rBGH free milk brands than milk that came from treated cows.
The USDA found that, as the demand for rBST milk decreased, now only 1 in 5 cows are injected with rBGH. And if the general public and concerned groups and individuals keep on making a stand against the use of genetic engineering in the different industries -- in this case, in milk production -- then there will be very little to almost zero demand for genetically engineered milk and other genetically engineered organisms.
If this continues, it will be the best way that consumers like you can protect your children from the dangers of drinking milk from treated cows. It is a good idea then to protect rBGH free milk brands by continuing to buy non-GMO milk. This also works with other non-GMO products.
It will take some effort on your part, but there are some effective ways for you to buy non-GMO milk.
1. Buy From Trusted Sources
A straightforward advice and a very effective one. Get to know where you buy your milk, how they raise their cows and how they process their milk.
2. Buy From Farmers Markets
Another good advice is to buy your milk from farmers markets. These markets are good places to meet the producers and have a little chat. Buying from these markets also helps out the farmers. This is also a good place to buy from organic farmers.
3. Buy items found in Non GMO Shopping Guide
The United States government doesn’t tell GMO producers to label genetically modified goods. However, as a way to help consumers like you make informed decisions, there are some producers who band together to promote non-genetically modified brands. The NonGmoShoppingGuide.com has a list of such a compilation of brands. Get a hand on one of their lists and treat yourself to a GMO-free shopping day.
Growth Hormones In Cows? Is It In Your Milk?
The man-made growth hormones in cows end up in trace amounts in the rBGH milk that we (unknowingly) buy from our favorite department stores. The rBGH is not destroyed during the pasteurization process, reason why the lab-mad hormone eventually ends up in trace amounts in milk, which ends up in stores or used as ingredients in other products.
It isn’t rBGH that ends up in your milk. IGF-1, a hormone which promotes cell growth, from the injected cows also gets into the milk. More than the rBGH, the IGF-1 is of greater concern to many.
Are Artificial Hormones In Milk Dangerous To Kids?
Whatever way you look at it, the hormones in milk as well as the IGF-1 may pose a threat to the health of your kids. The hormones are unnatural and as such should be tested. However, because of the downward trend in the demand for rBGH milk, there is a good chance that farmers will eventually stop using the chemical. Consumers should keep on pushing for changes and ask that GMO products are labeled. That way, everyone can keep a safer distance from the said products.