Until recently, the State of Ohio had a ban on all milk labels which contained statements saying that the milk inside did not contain bovine growth hormones. So, a milk that did not have growth hormones COULD NOT SAY that it did not have growth hormones. That was completely illegal.
More precisely, the phrases “rbGH Free,” “rbST Free” and “artificial hormone free” were banned.
rBGH and rBST are commonly known as recombinant bovine growth hormones. Approved by the FDA in 1993, they are given to cows to make the animals grow faster and produce more milk.
rGBH elevates the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a naturally-occurring hormone that in high levels is linked to several types of cancers, among other things. European nations and Canada have banned rGBH milk because of the dangerous side effects of IGF-1. As I have written about before, organic milk is absolutely essential.
Fortunately, a federal court recently overturned a district court’s ruling, which said the labels could not be used. The district court concluded that consumers would somehow be misled and consumers would get confused.
The only thing consumers would get confused about was how and why the growth hormones were in there in the first place.
Getting “rBGH-free” statements on milk labels does two things: (1) it informs consumers as to what is truly in and not in their milk; and (2) it raises awareness about how the FDA and USDA are allowing corporations to give us food that makes us sick.
Obviously, I am very happy to hear about this verdict but it demonstrates the kind of uphill battle we are facing in this country.
Our government is so beholden to and heavily influenced by big ag that it will not differentiate between organic milk and milk that is pumped with harmful and artificial steroids.
This is certainly a step in the right direction, and I applaud the federal court’s decision. Well done.