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Banned in 27 Countries, Monsanto’s rBGH Inhabits Many U.S. Dairy Products

Anthony Gucciardi
December 19th, 2011
Updated 11/06/2012 at 11:34 pm
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Are you consuming Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone known as rBGH? The synthetic hormone is created using molecules and DNA sequences that are a result of molecular cloning, which has been linked to breast and gastrointestinal cancer. Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the United States are injected with this synthetic hormone, which means that you have most likely been highly exposed to rBGH if you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products.

RBGH is actually a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto was the first to create the recombinant version from genetically eningeered E. coli bacteria, releasing the result under the brand name “Posilac.” Since then, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, Elanco Animal Health, have acquired the Posilac brand. It is important to remember that Eli Lilly and Company are the makers of suicide-linked Prozac, who were able to cover up the 1980s research which found antidepressants to breed even more depression and suicidal thoughts.

Despite public outcry and the warnings of international health professionals, rBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation to allow for humans to consume milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Are U.S. government officials truly convinced that rBGH is safe for human consumption, or does it have more to do with the fact that key political figures who were instrumental in the approval of rBGH were actually affiliated with Monsanto?

  • Margaret Miller was in charge of preparing the report on rBGH following its approval at Monsanto, she was later the official in charge of reviewing her own report as Deputy Director of Human Safety and Consultative Services.
  • Michael R Taylor was a partner at the law firm that represented Monsanto on a variety of issues. Afterwards, Taylor became the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy, where he wrote the FDA’s rBGH labelling guidelines. In these guidelines, it was claimed that there is no difference between rBGH and regular milk. This stance is part of the reason why rBGH is still legal in the United States. Taylor then spent a few years working directly for Monsanto, and has been brought back by Barack Obama as the Food Safety Czar.

If the process in which rBGH was approved is not suspect enough, peer-reviewed research has identified rBGH as a risk factor for both breast and gastrointestinal cancer. It is evident that Monsanto and Eli Lilly and Company are two companies that put profits before public health.

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From around the web:

  • Carltina Johnson

    If this has been banned in 27 countries, then why are we buying milk with this agent!!!!

  • Curious

    Direct me to a website. I was just having a discussion with someone about this stuff

  • Forks Over Knives

    The USA has become the armpit of the world. No compassion, no responsibility for actions, greedy, lying and full of an overweight diabetic population riddled with cancer. We police the world for our own personal interests robbing and looting the defenseless. WE feed out people toxic foods while lobbyists rally and politicians spew forth lies. What do you expect from a country where the average IQ is 87. Public schools cant educate due to lack of funding while billion dollar drones kill innocents in foreign lands over foreign interests. You have been had people. The joke is on you. Grown your own food and if you cant do that……..Enjoy your chemo while your insurance company drops you for a pre-existing condition.

    • Anonymous

      Well said that man..

      • EEB

        Looks like your IQ is about 50?

    • Anonymous

      By definition, the average IQ is always 100.

  • Marie

    Thank you for all your comments. I'm one of the consumers who just buys what tastes good. I dont' read labels, and its a poor example for my 16 year old (only) son. The time you took to post your comments on this article are helping me. Thank you for taking time to express yourselve(s). Marie.

  • Tessa

    The other day I had my bf's friend tell me, it's "over-zealous" people who eat organic and think our food supply is bankrupt of its nutrients, etc. I don't even try to discuss this type of thing with ignorant people like him!! And this guy could very well be dying of cancer right now! He has cancer, his dad just died of cancer!! He is a mere skeleton of himself from cancer!! Seriously, some people are not just naive… they just don't "get it"!!! I'm glad I'm in the know, and I try to tell my loved ones what to buy and not buy … they think I'm being a snob, or they can't afford organic, but I'm in agreement with others here, pay now, not later!!

  • Becca

    It sickens me when I read of how many other countries do not allow these harmful additives in the food supply BUT the good ol USA does allow it!! Coca-Cola, for one, removes aspartame for other countries who DO NOT allow aspartame in their food supply, meanwhile, they leave it in Diet Coke in the USA bc our government would rather their cronies make $$ at the expense of the people who do not know any better!! THAT is a shame!! Oh karma, karma, karma is going to get these greedy bastards in the end!!! Hmmm, who has the last laugh then?? Still, it is not good for the people … ignorance is not bliss!!

  • Rita Scannell

    Size really does matter – part of the problem is the scale of the country Small is beautiful.

    Get some lead from what we're doing in Ireland. Look at

  • Stephanie

    The scary thing is that most consumers are naive when it comes to buying food produce, and don’t take responsibility for researching what they are putting into their bodies. I agree that organic foods are more expensive but in the long run the expense of possible medical care due to ill health in the future outweighs the expense.

    • Dollbaby55

      Stepahnie, you couldn't be more on point. My motto is and has been for the last 10 years to: Pay Now, Rather than Later.

  • Francis Deighan

    It's sad when Americans have to buy expensive, special "organic" products instead of demanding that All agricultural products hold a high standard in general. USA is lost in a sea of market capitalists nonsense that is killing its own consumers. But, I suppose Monsanto has a new product to fix that too…

    • Anonymous

      Yea it's called starvation..

  • hi

    If you take the time to shop carefully you would be surprised how many organic products you can find at reasonable prices. Also you can grow you own. You can join a community garden if you have them in your area. Use your common sense when shopping. Also avoid products that are known to have high levels of pesticides.

  • Jo Ann

    two words…BUY ORGANIC! and support your local farmers. It is obvious that our government does not care about whether rBGH is bad or not because they do not even test these additives themselves, but, rely on the corporation's own "studies" for the information that they have. BUT…it is time to shut the revolving door that puts ex-"lawmakers" with an obvious agenda into lobby positions. The ex-lawmakers, and I use that term loosely, are attractive to Lobby firms because of their connections and their ability to walk onto the floor of congress and the senate during curtial votes. This serves two purposes…1. Allows the lobbyist to know how "their" congressmen and senators vote, and, 2. allows them to pay them off when they vote the way they want them to. Sickening, isn't it?

    • Maria sol

      Good for you that you can afford organic products!

      • Toby

        Can you afford the Dr. bills ?

      • Maureen King

        I've heard it said…and you know it's true: "Now" you can pay the price for organic foods, and live long and well, or buy the tainted, poisoned, GMO, etc. foods now, and pay the doctors "later" for the risks you choose to take now….by eating the WRONG foods that you THINK you can't afford! The 'later' price is way too high for me, "now" and later, too! Let's stay well…it's much more afforadable, ya think?

  • Marco Cappetta

    I'd add this to the list of reckless US food practices: Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the most common type of fatal poisoning in many countries. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odorless, and tasteless, but highly toxic. Carbon monoxide is used in US packaging systems, mainly with fresh meat products such as beef, pork, and fish to keep them looking fresh. The process remains controversial for fears that it masks spoilage. The process is banned in many other countries, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, and the European Union. (source Wikipedia).

  • Tim

    One thing we need to know in articles like this is… when were these chemicals / alternatives introduced into the food supply? Is this a recent trend? Or have I been consuming this for 30+ years?

    • andi

      America's Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH) for cows on February 4th, 1994.

      • Di

        What is your point? Just because something is approved does not mean it is safe. $$$ always trumps everything in a capitalist society. I bet if you checked out all the players at Monsanto, they have many friends in very high places.

        • jjj

          Seeing as he is replying to Tim, I think his point was that it was most likely introduced into our food supply in 1994 (the date it was approved in the USA), not whether it was safe or not.

      • Ramona L

        Did you know that the decision makers at the FDA that previously and some currently are at the top of Montesanto when all these products were being questioned by the public and Montesanto's own scientists? Do your research, it is the most incredible example of corruption possible. If you are aware and you dont care that is one thing, but do yourself a favour and open your eyes to the country of USA and the giant corporations that just want to make money. All at the expense of you, the trusting citizen. The FDA also gets paid off, and not by you……by the $$$$ companies like Montesanto!!!

      • beccadog10

        With the help of Michael Taylor, of Monsanto and the first Food Czar of the U.S. FDA. In fact, the administration of Bush-Quayle created the FDA policy on novel foods using recombinant DNA and other genetically engineered organisms (called genetically modified organisms) with the guidance of Michael Taylor, and then created a position at the FDA for him.

        Taylor has gone back and forth to Monsanto and back to the FDA repeatedly. Under Obama, Michael Taylor is "Food Czar" of the FDA.

        I would not trust anything the FDA says on recombinant DNA in pharmaceuticals or food.