Got Milk? Got Hormones?


Who wants the unruly hormones of a teenager? How about a big dose of them in your glass of milk? For quite a few years now rbGH, or genetically modified bovine growth hormones have been slipped in your milk without even a notice. When dairy farmers found out, they tried to label their milk as “rbGH-free”. A term that Monsanto, a genetic engineering and agriculture company, almost got banned. They tried to make it unlawful for companies to put that label on their milk. Why? Because it could cost them their bloated market share of profits from rbGH milk.

What are Bovine Growth Hormones?

When companies focus on profits, not their product, their is room for error and maltreatment of not only animals but the end product. RbGH and its genetic counterparts were created to trigger the hormones in a cow that occur after they have given birth. Why? So they produce an excessive amount of milk. Simple business economics then step in. More milk from one cow means more profits, more profits mean cheaper prices, which mean a larger market share, meaning higher profits. If only the reality of that circle was accurate.

What is the risk associated with rbGH ingestion?

While still under-researched due to great efforts by Monsanto, the risks are starting to become exposed. The highest? Cancer. If you are at risk for any sort of hereditary cancer, immediately switch to milk labeled as either ” Certified Organic” or “rbGH Free”. Associations including the American Public Health Association and the American Nurses Association have publicly demoted the hormone-induced milk as a cancer risk. There are several other potential health risks associated with this milk. This is not to mention the risks of drinking milk from cows living in unhealthy conditions. Many cows who are fed hormones repeatedly are unable to stand on their own because their udders have become so swollen from the excessive milk production. Companies have designed ways to force them to stand, ways to re-strap their udders, and other less than pleasant solutions to something whose real solution is to get rid of hormones all together.

So get educated, and buy certified organic or hormone-free milk. These farmers care more for your health and the welfare of their animals than the large corporations such as Monsanto who have quantified in place of qualified their products.

Bottoms up on this wholesome treat, hormone free I hope.

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  1. Considering the large amount of milk I’ve drank over the years, this is a disturbing story. I’ve been somewhat aware of the hormones added to milk for a while, but I didn’t think it was also a cancer risk. It is amazing that companies could get away with something like this for so long.

  2. Wow, this is totally new to me. How appalling it is to carry out unethical practices like this. It’s right up there with what KFC allegedly do with their chicken too. Hope they can put an end to these practice for good.

  3. Yes, it is surprising, but it has to do with who regulates what (to an extent). The USDA, FDA, EPA, and a few other organizations all regulate food and health issues to an extent. This is a specific USDA issue, and legislatively, the majority of farm and agriculture related laws favor mega farming over biodiversity, animal welfare, and other sustainability and health issues.

    Thanks to the farmers who fought to be able to label things “hormone free” though, this choice is easy to make and identify in the grocery aisles. A few bucks more in some cases, but based on the research and the general principles of hormone ingestion, a worthwhile investment in your health. Glad it was informative!

  4. The ironic part is that people consider milk to be a healthy beverage. So many people are consuming milk totally unaware of the risks. They think they are actually putting something good into their body, yet it could be quite harmful. I wonder if these hormones will stay in the cows’ systems for life or if there is some way to recover.

  5. Cow milk is for Cows, not humans!! It’s very dangerous to drink milk from another species, the effects to our bodies are destructive.

  6. @SEO Miami: that is a bit extreme. We can get a lot of important nutrients from milk products. I really doubt anybody is going to start producing dairy products made of human breast milk.

    • @Aluminum, I gotta agree with you, there’s no way that would ever work lol. And even if that somehow became a product.. I think its fair to say it would be very very expensive, since the amount of that type of milk is very limited.


  7. Almost hurts to see the cows with such huge udders. I’ve never really been in favor of such genetic modifications in animals in the first place.

    • @Komodo yeah, you are right, it’s a bit sad to see some of the things that goes on.


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