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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

Bovine Growth Hormones and Milk

By October 14, 2012

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Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST for Bovine somatotropin) is sometimes used to increase milk production in cows. I know that some of you are concerned that hose synthetic hormones may damage the milk. I've looked into that concern and it doesn't appear to be a problem for humans: Bovine Growth Hormones and Milk

You can buy milk that comes from cows not treated with the synthetic hormones, but the regular milk is fine. For humans anyway, it may not be so good for the cows. The synthetic hormones increase their risk for mastitis and foot (hoof?) problems. In fact, that's why the European Union and Canada have banned the use of these hormones in dairy cattle - and not because it's bad for humans.

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December 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm
(1) Mike says:

I am not convinced that these hormones do not affect humans who drink the milk. Also, one of my motivating factors is leaning toward cruelty free foods as much as possible, so good for Canada and The European Union. I have recently been drinking organic milk for the first time. While it costs a bit more it does seem to taste better to me. I wish that some meat company would come up with a campaign, backed up with the conditions for their cattle or other animals and the means of their slaughter, that their meat is comparatively cruelty free. They could do this by exposing the realities of conventional slaughterhouses, such as the fact that some cattle are not actually dead when they are supposed to be as they are suspended from chains and skinned. That is one factor that seriously curbs my appetite for meat.

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