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Renter reports: "Companies like Monsanto, the original producer of Posilac (an rBST) product had to reluctantly put safety warnings on the sides of their packages - admitting that it has about 20 'toxic effects' on the cows."

Much of the US milk supply is contaminated by growth hormones. (photo: California Dairy Association)
Much of the US milk supply is contaminated by growth hormones. (photo: California Dairy Association)

Monsanto's Cloned Growth Hormone Contaminates US Milk

By Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

03 July 12


reast-feeding mothers are often cautioned against eating and drinking certain things; it's because some of these things can find their way into their breast milk and then their baby. Wouldn't it make sense, then, that some of the hormones and antibiotics given to dairy cattle would make their way into your milk carton? One hormone, recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, is given to about 20% of dairy cattle in the United States, having unknown effects on individuals who consume their milk.

Is rBST safe?

IS rBST safe? That depends on who you ask. Companies like Monsanto, the original producer of Posilac (an rBST) product had to reluctantly put safety warnings on the sides of their packages - admitting that it has about 20 "toxic effects" on the cows.

It's a hormone that forces cows to produce more milk. More milk = more money, but the hormone makes the cows sick. Among other things, it causes mastitis which is an infection of the udder. This infection causes pus to be released into the milk. Yes, pus is in your milk.

In turn, large scale dairy operations that use rBST must use more antibiotics in the cows to counter the infection causing effects of the hormones.

According to the Organic Consumers Association, Dr. Samuel S. Epstein of the Cancer Prevention Coalition warns:

  • rBST milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.

  • Milk from cows injected with rBST is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the gut into the blood of people who consume this milk or products made from it.

  • rBST milk is supercharged with high levels of the natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut.

  • Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated in well-documented scientific publications as causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Additionally, IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers.

Interestingly, numerous large and wealthy countries have banned the use of hormones in milk including all countries of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and New Zealand. The United States, obviously has not.

What does this mean for you?

It simply gives you another reason to buy organic, hormone-free dairy products (if you must consume dairy). And if you think you can do without dairy - it's just another reason to go vegan or simply avoid dairy. your social media marketing partner


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+23 # keenon the truth 2012-07-03 17:02
Does anyone know what Monsanto workers eat? I once heard a story, no idea if it's true, that the cafeteria in a Monsanto facility in the UK supplied organic food to the workers.
+13 # jwb110 2012-07-04 10:39
Quoting keenon the truth:
Does anyone know what Monsanto workers eat? I once heard a story, no idea if it's true, that the cafeteria in a Monsanto facility in the UK supplied organic food to the workers.

I'd like to know what Monsanto Executives eat or the Congressmen who are in their hip pockets.
+11 # The Voice of Reason 2012-07-04 12:39
Like all businesses that have Congers in their pockets, they eat us.

I stopped drinking milk years ago. and alcohol for that matter. I don't like to participate in predator economies.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 19:53
Amen They, Government Officials are so full of denying anything wrong they are eating. However, FDA knows and they should be made to eat it all

I do not drink milk but I use cream, sour cream, cheese...althou gh I try to use as much organic as about the millions who cannot afford.

We have the right to Eat food that is not intentionally passed thru FDA knowing testing has not been done.

Union of Concerned Scientists have given me opportunity to stay aware of many things Our Country flips off. Canada saved my life warning against flu shot in GW administration. Friends in Australia, Hawaii, Norway are always teaching us awareness. US Government Agencies take money, admit to passing meds without testing, chemicals without testing, Then we have Dept of Ag who also profit on pushing Monsanto thru. Twenty five years my friends and I have screamed to fight Monsanto....Man y of you put your heads in sand or called us
TreeHuggers or other rift.
Now for ten years all I read is Monsanto Poisoning the food we eat in America and they are goin to Africa.
If you have friends or family send this article to them, get people aware. Let's close up Monsanto once and for all...remember they can go under another name and do it all over again...
Bon Apetit
+2 # Street Level 2012-07-05 22:50
As far back as 1999, Monsanto won't serve GMO's in their own Canteen.

(The firm running the canteen at Monsanto's pharmaceuticals factory at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire , serves only GM-free meals, Friends of the Earth said. In a notice in the canteen, Sutcliffe Catering, owned by the Granada Group, said it had taken the decision "to remove, as far as practicable, GM soya and maize from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the above steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve."

Monsanto confirmed the position. "Yes, this is the case, and it is because we believe in choice," said the company's spokesman, Tony Coombes. But employees at Monsanto's agribusiness plant at Cambridge were happy to eat GM produce, he said. "The notice in the restaurant there says some products may contain GMOs [genetically modified organisms] - because our staff are happy to eat food sprayed with fewer chemicals.")

Bastards, they'll kill us all.
-28 # barkingcarpet 2012-07-03 21:58
+81 # aquapete 2012-07-03 22:03
This article about contamination of U.S. milk with rBST, a drug pushed by Monsanto, so cows can produce more milk is one glaring example of how perverted our business system has become. The people be damned (in terms of possible side effects from this hormonal drug), and the cows be damnned in terms of the toxic effects on them. It's the MONEY! More milk equals more money money. The farmers who allow their cows to be injected with this rBST so they can produce more milk, regardless of the consequences for their animals health, should be ashamed of themselves.

I look at the labels of the milk I buy and look for NO rBST used in the cows that produced this milk.

In our country/society , MONEY has become the King. Anything is justified to make more money, regardless of how many people or animals it harms. When are people going to realize that going down this path only will lead to our ultimate destruction as a viable society and people.
+12 # Michael_K 2012-07-04 14:56
I remember the milk association bozos suing and preventing anyone from advertizing their milk as rBST free. Then, they hounded and ruined Florida reporters who attempted to write about it.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:00
We demanded labels, we demanded that people pay attention. We had proof of what was going to happen...Monsan to makes chemicals some the worst, killing chemicals in the world.
I cannot believe no one paid attention...Now everyone reads this stuff for the past ten years, still you keep allowing non labels, keep buying.
You are in charge and do not want to take the Responsiblity. Cancer is real, there are cures and guess what chemicals to cause more are passed daily.
Who allowed it. Easy FDA, Government, Lobbyists but how about the millions here in USA that Can Read and do not pay attention?
+42 # brux 2012-07-03 22:09
There is a video out there on Vimeo called "Back To Eden" that is amazing in what one guy has found out about how to grow plants and animals too and how to make the soil and the environment better than it was before.

He's a bit of a religious guy, but I can actually see why when he explains his life's experience and work. It's really beautiful and it could be the basis of a whole new way of full employment and health in the US.

If we put people to work restoring the country and the environment and growing crops that don't make people sick how much would that add to our GNP bottom line as well as help the people and the land?

Check the "BackTo Eden" video out. Monsanto does a lot of interesting research, but the products they turn it into are sick and based on death and cause sickness. Get Monsanto out of our good system and put the people's will back into what they eat. Let us know and decide what we want to eat.
+1 # Michael_K 2012-07-04 14:58
"organic" milk would be "raw milk" from healyhy cows who were not fed hormones.

That kind of milk gets food co-ops assaulted by SWAT teams, in the US.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:04
You can home pasturize by cooking milk slowly up to temp.
Hate to tell you but raw milk and cheese is legal, and we have the right to buy it. We do not find it in supermarkets due to cross contamination law. But anyone interested can learn how to use Raw Products, siphon cream for other uses and I know across the US Local Farmers Markets are selling Raw Milk and swat teams
+10 # leedeegirl 2012-07-03 22:30
have been using "organic" milk for MANY years ... but i thought rBGH was the issue ... what's up with rBST???
+4 # Mrcead 2012-07-04 05:47
This is just the tip of the iceberg, scandals have many, many layers. Who knows, there may be an entire generations of 21 hr/day work clones nearing maturity who can actually eat all of this modified crap.
+1 # mdhome 2012-07-05 18:18
Same stuff.
+60 # jayjay 2012-07-03 22:35
Never mind the 22 countries which have banned rBST, there's 49 which have banned generically modified foods. Of course, the U.S.isn't one of them even though Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to pass such a law. But the Senate turned him down. Once again our so-called leaders have sold out to corporate interests and Monsanto is once again smack in the middle, with its GMO corn.
+17 # genierae 2012-07-04 06:29
We need to stop this false equivalency concerning "our so-called leaders" and put a name to them, they are right-wing Republicans. They are completely controlled by corporate interests and until a majority of Americans figure this out, we will be subject to their tyranny. Some Democrats are also corporate-contr olled, but most of them try to serve the people they represent. They are constantly obstructed by Republicans in D.C., and so nothing much gets done. If we want progress, we must throw out these extremist lunatics, but don't tar them all members of Congress with the same brush, please.
-8 # brux 2012-07-04 10:24
I'm for banning most GMOs but not all, they don't need to ban GMOs they just need to label the products and let people decide for themselves.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:07
I hope those people all have insurance. They have the right to buy it but I believe there are laws about intentionally killing people and that is what the Government and Monsanto is doing.
Bon apetit
+62 # Mrcead 2012-07-03 22:50
Sadly, I don't see an end to any of this. These people only recognize and fear powers greater than their own. The politicians drag their feet because they own shares in these companies. Maybe Europe can send troops to free us from our domestic terrorists.
+7 # cy31b 2012-07-03 23:23
One report recently found that cows were dying from the genetically altered grass they eat as it formed cyanide in the cows stomachs.
+10 # crickett 2012-07-04 00:04
Did you know that alfalfa (as well as corn) has been genetically modified so that animal flesh and all dairy products will now be full of genetically modified toxins.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:09
So will the earth from the manure which will also runoff into the water.
Yep knew this for 45 years, we were all part of learning things since Nader in 60's Love Canal in 70's and decades of Media warnings
Yes RSN has had the Alfalfa GMO infor right here
+14 # tigerlille 2012-07-04 01:06
Disgusting cruelty to the cows. There is a large dairy farm near where I live. I've taken by daughter there a few times (she loves visiting the birthing barn).Their philosophy is that humane treatment of the cows makes for a successful business, and their business certainly thrives. It is simply not necessary to torture animals to make a buck. This kind of perverted business practice is truly evil.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:10
Take them this article and show it to your neighbors.
Change is up to you Teach your Children well. We can all turn things around
+15 # X Dane 2012-07-04 01:36
Brazil is suing Monsanto, because they (Monsanto) "police" farmers in Brazil. If their fields get contaminated by grain blown onto their fields.....Some thing, the farmers do not want.....Monsan to DEMANDS a fine of 3% of the profit the farmer make.
It sounds like insanity. It is, but what's more. IT IS BANDITRY. And I hope Brazil wins the suit.
+5 # mdhome 2012-07-05 18:21
I heard they did win, made Monsanto pays a bunch.
+11 # X Dane 2012-07-04 02:04
I do not understand that we can not bring suit against Monsanto, for endangering the health of us. There is so much cancer, and now we learn, That Monsanto most likely is partly responsible.

We need some good reporters investigating this. The lives they save, may be their own, or that of some one they live Maybe a child?? We can not let them make us ill. We have to do SOMETHING

Little girls reach puberty at a much younger age, and women reach menopause many years earlier, because of the hormones the animals are injected with, and of course we are also in danger because of the antibiotics. Any lawyers here. Please give us some ideas.
+3 # banichi 2012-07-04 12:02
Quoting X Dane:
I do not understand that we can not bring suit against Monsanto, for endangering the health of us. There is so much cancer, and now we learn, That Monsanto most likely is partly responsible.

Unfortunately, Monsanto has covered that eventuality. Here's a link:

It has become very much of a 'buyer beware' issue. Until the laws that Monsanto has quietly had passed by their pocket politicians are changed - and that means electing more responsible politicians - this will not change.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:16
Buyer beware is only on products. Contaminating the earth and water is a whole new topic. You see you are being poisoned by ignorance of farmers who believe the Government wouldn't allow poison to be sold and we are whacko's
But under the Constitution, we are guarnteed Quality of Life. So when Farmers use products that are shown to cause Disease, Monsanto continues to produce it...they are now allowing the Earth to be poisoned and with every rainfall, Water Much of which is Well Water, some Municipal Water,
Use your brain, Unfortuantely we have warned everyone and now you can fight or keep sitting your head in sand...Your Choice But do not blame Monsanto when you are just as much to blame.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:12
You can and could have for decades. I would look up Lois Marie Gibbs she has a group that has been fighting since 70's still is. Located in Va.
They even teach communities how to organize on lots of subjects. But it is up to you
+15 # tiape 2012-07-04 05:09
And to think that the republicans want less government and allow companies to regulate themselves. What a scarey thot when it comes to companies like Monsanto
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:18
Government has been allowing this for over 40 years that I know of. Media has told everyone. Environmentalis ts warned everyone So Republicans are the worst of the culprits, Dems next but really Consumers are Lazy...want everyone to do it for them....Not happening anymore

We warned, fought Now you can grow up and organize.
+7 # vdelgoriosr 2012-07-04 05:10
The pursuit of money it the root and eventual cause of all evil.
+7 # GF4A 2012-07-04 05:31
Sorry to say, but this is NOT "new" news! Bovine growth hormone has been around for a long, long time: since the early 90s.

All I can say is : DUH! Of COURSE -- if you are drinking store bought milk -- DUH -- you ARE drinking rBST !!

The answer? Hmmmm... get off yer butts and DO SOMETHING!

---> PUSH for the legalization of (raw) unpasteurized milk!

See the following article:
+2 # mdhome 2012-07-05 18:28
You could end up buying rBST milk that was not pasteurized. Just because it is pasteurized does not mean it has the rBST. They are two entirely two different things. I owned a dairy for 25 years, never made a decent income despit 80-90 hour weeks, no vacation never a day off not the 4 of July or Christmas. Never used that rBST, knew when it came to market, but was suspicious. went broke, oh well.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:23
Anyone under 20 has not been told, sure science teachers aren't. Parents are too busy.
30 to 40 are too busy in Malls
50 year olds are still voting Republican and not believing the Government would hurt us But us in 60 age range, most of us are on teeter with the totter. We are the hippies that wanted to eat from the land while the other half made asses of us. But we pursued our preferences, our kids thought us fools. I still eat and grow organic. I still have to fight for others, but I fight for those who cannot afford not the lazy slobs who mooch off everyone else. I think about children, Seniors not those who could change but would rather sit with their head in the sand, letting everyone else do the work.
We aren't goin that way, we are tired...
Anyone can pastuerize Raw Milk. No harder than making coffee in a machine
+10 # RnR 2012-07-04 06:02
We really need Michael Moore and Matt Taibi on this abomination
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:25
To do what. Neither one is going to change the USA You have to change what is going on. DUH
We are in this mess due to people like you no matter what their party.
+12 # genierae 2012-07-04 06:49
What would our world be like if the common good were placed ahead of financial profit? If a good product was the first priority, then people would not hesitate to buy that product and profits would come automatically. Greed has no legitimate place in this society, it only corrupts it, and as a result the common good always suffers. As a top priority, Capitalism doesn't work, and can even be said to be an enemy of the people. Yet it continues to ravage our society because of the people's indifference.

"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Frederick Douglas
-15 # Texas Aggie 2012-07-04 07:27
This article is a good example of the triumph of the dumbing down of science in our public schools. Or it is an excellent example of spinning like a dreidel.

1. Mastitis is not caused by hormones of any kind. It is caused by bacterial infection of the mammary gland. Ask any nursing mother who has suffered from mastitis how much hormones she was taking at the time.

2. Every tank of milk is checked for the presence of antibiotics and if any are detected (and the tests can detect a single treatment in a truck load of milk), the whole tank is discarded and the farmer is not paid. If it happens more than once, the farmer is penalized on top of losing his income. Figures for 2009 are that 0.026% of the tanks were positive. That is 2.6 out of 10,000. Your bath water has more antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals than that.

3. And speaking about pus in the milk, the incidence of somatic cells in organically raised milk is at least as high if not higher because under organic rules, they are not allowed to treat with antibiotics so the cow continues to shed bacteria and WBC in her milk from chronic mastitis.

4. Just as there is no difference between the insulin produced by genetically altered bacteria and human insulin, there is no chemical or structural difference between the rBST and what is produced by the cow's pituitary. That is the reason that no test can detect rBST and differentiate it from the "natural" hormone.
+11 # brux 2012-07-04 10:20
I don't think this is dumbing down, what's dumb is Monsanto telling us over and over that their products are safe when they are not. The whole GMO thing is a huge problem. The Monsanto vision of the future is really disturbing and sickening, and it is rammed down our throats with lies as well.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:37
Organic milk is tested more than not or cannot be certified organic whether pasteurized or not. Anyone can pasteurize milk that is a no brainer...look at web search.
Look up wikipedia, cdc, mayo clinic, there are at least a hundred vet clinics, Union of Concerned Scientists but number one is not true nor is it totally false.
Cow's Liver cna detect false agents but Farmers do not listen, so eventually the cattle are carrying disease from their moms, and are inferior breed.
Any over breeding causes mutations Republican Party is sure a proof of that. But it is in the science, biology and can be looked into. Sad thing is the teachers are dumb enough, than told not to teach...nice to be paid to do nothing.
+14 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-07-04 07:33
These hormones have been banned in Canada for decades.
+7 # btokar 2012-07-04 07:55
A few clarifications: First, rBST is just another name for rBGH: 'somatotropin' vs. 'growth hormone.' The former name was adopted by Monsanto because it seemed less alarming, but the meaning is identical. Second, the drug is now manufactured and sold by Eli Lilly (Elanco), who bought it from Monsanto in 2008. Third, usage may be less than 20% now, as the drug's popularity among dairy producers has declined significantly, partly due to public opposition, partly because the 'benefits' for farmers have largely been outweighed by serious cow health problems. But it's still a serious concern, even though many large regional dairies now discourage its use.
+5 # btokar 2012-07-04 07:59
PS: The UK Monsanto cafeteria story is true, though it came out about 10 years ago and may or may not still be the case.
+12 # Mainiac 2012-07-04 08:36
Couple of things we can do now. Don’t buy Monsanto products like Roundup (sold under Scott’s Lawn Products)and fight to get churches and pension funds to divest.Keep after Congress to stop our military from using Monsanto crap. Educating the troops would help.
Ideas from other people?
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:38
Watch for Bayer and others remember corporations want money and will lie...
+9 # mitchell donian 2012-07-04 08:46
Pfizer in late 1950s came up with di-ethyl stilbestrol (DES), a chemical neutering agent which was then injected into chickens and cattle. Its selling point was it facilitated added weight, thus fattening profits. Sloan-Kettering research quickly determined it to be a carcinogen. A few years later DES was banned for use in cattle. Inspection of such use was removed. Subsequent inspections three years later found triple the use in the cattle industry. Although outlawed for use in cattle and livestock it was approved as a substance for use in women as an aide in the birth process. A few years later Congress accepted findings that DES caused uterine and testicular cancer in the children of these women. The government accepted the liability and compensated, and still compensates those afflicted by this practise. Presently Congress is dealing with the overuse of antibiotics in cattle and livestock feed, a practise which has compromised, and in some cases obviated the effectiveness of antibiotics in human treatment.
+8 # brux 2012-07-04 10:14
Sickening, Monsanto should be doing research, no one has the brains or wisdom to use the products they developed wisely or safely. I am a big fan of capitalism, but not for this kind of stuff, they have to make and sell products that they no idea are safe or not and they use the public as guinnea pigs. Sickening, just like the Nazis.
+7 # Shirley in Berkeley 2012-07-04 10:30
If growth hormones are getting into our food, it's not too much of a stretch to think we should start looking at this in relation to our nationwide epidemic of obesity. We're eating too much, but why are we so hungry all the time?
+3 # X Dane 2012-07-04 13:52

Because you are SEEING adds non stop, for foods and snacks. That MAKES you hungry. Even if you are NOT. It is also eating all the wrong things, mainly snack items, which have, Zero value.
+2 # 8myveggies 2012-07-05 03:43
Why are we all so tired all the time?
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:42
Get blood tests Take good organic vitamins but go to a doctor as tiredness is base for illness. Hopefully, a good diet, uptake in vitamins will get you on your way. Good leafy green salads ... wash them first.
+2 # Mrcead 2012-07-05 17:47
I believe it has more to do with all of the starch added to processed foods. It fills you up but they're empty nutritionally and you still feel hungry, like whenever you eat just plain rice so you eat more in order to "feel full" (but it never feels like when you've had a really good home cooked meal). Corn is added to almost everything from beef to sweeteners (corn syrup)to the dry starch itself that make up sauces and sauce mixes. All of that extra starch / carbs won't get burned off because they'll get replenished within 24 hours long before you even begin to burn them off so they just pack on top of each other.

I went on a primal diet and I've never felt better. You basically eat what hunter gatherers ate and skip the processed stuff. The first 3 weeks are hardest but you won't crave the empty foods any more. Just look at the packaging and see what has corn syrup or cornstarch or some sort of grain which has corn in it somewhere. It's even in our fuel for crying out loud. It's the -sawdust as a filler- of the 21st century.

Eat like a caveman / cavewoman and you'll be amazed at the results.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:40
If our food since the sixties, and in the Media until recently
Search this article to others...called Awareness.
+4 # RnR 2012-07-04 14:18
Call 1-800-ROUNDUP and snitch on your farmer neighbor - that is exactly what monsanto set up - every monsanto employee should lose their citizenship along with every washington, dc shill taking money from them
0 # ATN 2012-07-05 11:49
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:43
Then you are the same as they are. I told them all to sit with me and drink up but I am then no better than those who are killing us, our children, parents and animals.
Get involved...
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-07-05 20:56
The Search engine is an amazing tool
Mastitis occur when white blood cells (leukocytes) are released into the mammary gland (invasion of bacteria into the teat canal) Milk secreting tissue is 'damaged' due to Toxins. Mastitis can also be caused by Chemical, thats right Chemical, mechanical or thermal injury
Animal is in fever, swelling, and pain.

I know about Mastitis from thermal. My dog had to have Cesarian section, and I had to hand feed those babies for weeks. Ildy was on antibiotics and could not feed her pups. She was swollen. I do not need anyone to tell me about Mastitis. I have seen women with it also. Hollywood Rancher who raises cattle for profit doesnot give a crap if their animals are infected. Certainly doesnot care if you are.

Monsanto could produce cancer cures, could produce organic but why bother. I am sure they have special beef for their family.

Goats, Sheep and all mammals can get Mastitis. Ranching is causing their own problems, as are farmers. But remember what goes in them comes out...on your table, in the ground, into the water. So eat up, drink up

50 years of Warnings, Media was involved as were Good Politicians. Then we just went Fast Food crazy and they gave you what you wanted poorly, over bred animals. Want change, then do something ab out it.

If you want to write about something, read up first. Search Engine... What a great place to learn.

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