By Samuel S. Epstein, MD
rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) is a genetically engineered, potent
variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by
Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection
of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about
10%. Monsanto has stated that about one third of dairy cows are in herds
where the hormone is used.
Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insist that
rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe
for consumers. This is blatantly false:
The risks of cancer to consumers and particularly their children, including
those enrolled in the National School Lunch Program, are undisputable.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition filed a Citizen Petition to the FDA requesting
labeling of rBGH milk and other dairy products. You will find the full
text of this and more than 60 references on the CPC website:
What’s In Your Milk (2006)
Introduction by Ben Cohen,
Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Foreword by Jeffrey M. Smith,
author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception
This book is a unique resource on rBGH milk. It presents Dr. Epstein’s
trailblazing scientific publications since 1989, which have played a major
role in influencing other nations, including Canada, 24 European nations,
Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan to ban rBGH milk.
The book also presents: the author’s editorials and letters to major
newspapers, and correspondence with the FDA, Congressman John Conyers,
and other key members of Congress and the Senate.
Epstein details evidence of interlocking conflicts of interest between
Monsanto and the White House, the American Medical Association and American
Cancer Society. He also details evidence of Monsanto’s white collar
crime; the suppression and manipulation of information on the veterinary
and public health dangers of rBGH milk; and evidence of Monsanto’s
“Hit Squad,” which attempted to stifle and discredit him.
Of compelling interest is the story behind Fox Television’s firing
of Jane Akre, a veteran journalist, following her in-depth interview on
rBGH with Dr. Epstein, his subsequent day-long deposition by Monsanto
on her behalf, her subsequent litigation against Fox, and Fox’s
successful counter suit.
Monsanto’s corporate recklessness, compounded by FDA’s complicity
and refusal to require labeling of rBGH milk, more than justify the rejection
of any assurances of its safety. Of further interest is the critical relevance
of this information to the ongoing growing concerns and debate on genetically
engineered foods, including irrefutable evidence discrediting the “trust
us” safety assurances of Monsanto, and other industries.
The book also presents resource materials, including listings of national
and international anti-biotech, public health, veterinary and animal rights
activist groups. Also listed are rBGH-free U.S. dairy producers, such
as Horizon Organic, and Swiss Valley Farms.
Endorsements include: Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Democrat,
House Judiciary Committee; Mark Achbar, Executive Producer of the multiple
prize-winning documentary The Corporation; Ronnie Cummins, National Director,
Organic Consumers Association; and Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the
world’s most visited natural health website.
The book is available from Trafford Publishing,
www.trafford.com/06-0676, or by calling Trafford’s Order Desk at 888-232-4444 or 250-383-6864,
and subsequently at amazon.com and main bookstores.
Dr. Epstein is professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University
of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and Chairman of the international
Cancer Prevention Coalition. He is the author of 270 scientific publications,
and author or co-author of 12 books. These include the prize winning 1978
The Politics of Cancer, the 1995
The Safe Shopper’s Bible, and the 2005 Cancer-Gate:
How to Win the Losing Cancer War. He is recipient of multiple awards, including the 1998 Right Livelihood
Award (the Alternative Nobel Prize) for “incomparable contributions
to cancer prevention, and for his leadership role in warning of the dangers
of rBGH milk;” the 2000 Project Censored Award (the Alternative
Pulitzer Prize); and the 2005 Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal “for
Humanitarianism, and International Contributions to Cancer Prevention.”
Dr. Epstein is currently Chairman of the nation-wide
Cancer Prevention Coalition.