International Ban on US Milk: 20% Still Contains rBGH
The rest of the world does not want our milk and hasn't for over ten years! In 1999 over concerns of growth hormones used in US dairy production, the United Nations Food Safety Agency did not endorse rBGH essentially banning US milk. Despite international concerns, 20 percent of US milk still contains the hormone. Healthy Child Healthy World reports:
About 20 percent of our milk is genetically engineered, technically known as rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), which contains high levels of a natural growth factor known as IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor one). This survives digestion and is readily absorbed from the small intestine into the blood. Increased levels of IGF-1 have been shown to increase risks of breast cancer in 19 scientific publications, risks of colon cancer in 10 publications, and prostate cancer in seven publications. Of further concern, increased IGF-1 levels block natural defense mechanisms against early microscopic cancers, known as apoptosis.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at May 27, 2010 1:25 AM