Today was a special day for a lot of different reasons. First there was the 10/10/10 Global Work Party organized by 350.org where people at 7,347 different events in 188 countries got to work on climate change. Then there was The Portland Marathon where so many of my friends ran in the cold and the rain (I’m so proud of you all!!!). And lastly, but more appropriate for this blog, today was the first ever official Non-GMO Day, and we already have things to celebrate!
The United States Court of Appeals upheld our (specifically OH citizens) right to know when there are GMO’s in our milk! For years now, conventional dairy farmers have increased yield in their dairy cattle through the use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). These growth hormones are similar to steroids and result in an average increased yield of 10-15%, but up to 40% in some cows. Hey, more production is always better, right? Wrong! These hormones have been proven to negatively impact the health of cows including bacterial infections (which mean more puss and antibiotics in your milk), hoof diseases, internal bleeding, and even deformed calves. They also increase the levels of Insulin Growth Factor-1 in the milk, which can lead to colon, prostate and breast cancer in humans. Can you believe that the FDA actually allows this stuff on the market?!?!
For all of these reasons, it is so important that consumers have the right to choose. Do you want to buy milk from sick cows? Well apparently the US Appeals Court didn’t either, because even though tons of the lobbyists were fighting against labeling your milk for rBGH & rBST, they didn’t win, and that’s a huge win for us!!!