At the moment, the United States government doesn’t order producers of genetically modified goods from labeling their products. Such non-branding puts all consumers in danger of going home with GMO products in their grocery bags. In the same manner, if you aren’t careful, you just might end up feeding the rBST in milk to Junior.
rBST (ecombinant bovine somatotropin) or rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is a bovine growth hormone that is genetically engineered in a laboratory. The said man-made hormone isn’t processed or destroyed during the pasteurization process and ends up in trace amounts in the rBST milk brands that are sold in stores. And because these GM milk aren’t labeled, there is a very real danger that Junior will have rBST in his morning breakfast.
You should really be careful when buying your milk. This will be hard because the US government doesn’t require the labeling of GMO products – there will be no immediate way for you to determine whether a particular brand is GMO or non-GMO.
There are still some steps that you can take to keep Junior safe from the possible risks that genetically engineered food pose. Taking these steps will help you choose the products that are made without the use or help of genetic engineering or those products that are grown organically or naturally. These need not be limited to dairy products only. Here's some tips to stay away from rBST milk.
1. Know Your Sources
Take the time to chat with dairy farmers and crop growers. Know how they produce their products, from the start to packaging. What are the things that are used and consumed during the process? By taking the time to know your sources well, you will be able to keep you and your family safe.
2. Buy From Farmers Markets
Another good place to get your items is from a farmers market. Here small-scale to medium-scale farmers sell their goods. This is a good place to find farmers who do not use genetically engineered chemicals or feeds in their farms.
Why Is There rBGH In Milk?
Dairy farmers put rBGH in milk to increase the cow’s milk production by increasing another hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). Sadly both hormones end up in trace amounts in GMO milk.
Milk Growth Hormone Helps No One At All
The man-made milk growth hormone doesn’t help anyone. Not you. And not even the cow. In fact, cows injected with rBGH tend to develop mastitis or udder infections. Thus these cows are given more antibiotics, which add another possible problem to the equation: antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
All these things are happening because farmers want more milk. It’s a comfort to know then that the demand for GMO-milk is decreasing. If everyone continues to be aware of the risks that GMO milk might pose then there will be a conscious move towards going back to non-GMO milk brands. Farmers will even be forced to stop using rBGH on their cows.