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rBGH: How Artificial Hormones Damage the Dairy Industry and Endanger Public Health

rBGH: How Artificial Hormones Damage the Dairy Industry and Endanger Public Health

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Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a drug that is injected into cows to increase their milk production. Developed by the agricultural company Monsanto and approved for commercial use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, by 2000 it had become the largest selling pharmaceutical product in the history of the dairy industry. RBGH has never been approved for commercial use in Canada or the European Union due to concerns about the drug’s impact on animal health. The artificial hormone’s known side effects include increased udder infections and reproductive problems in cows. Notably, a growing body of scientific research also suggests a link between drinking rBGH-treated milk and certain types of cancer in humans.
Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a drug that is injected into cows to increase their milk production. Developed by the agricultural company Monsanto and approved for commercial use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, by 2000 it had become the largest selling pharmaceutical product in the history of the dairy industry. RBGH has never been approved for commercial use in Canada or the European Union due to concerns about the drug’s impact on animal health. The artificial hormone’s known side effects include increased udder infections and reproductive problems in cows. Notably, a growing body of scientific research also suggests a link between drinking rBGH-treated milk and certain types of cancer in humans.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Jul 10, 2009
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rBGH
How Artificial HormonesDamage the Dairy Industryand Endanger Public Health
 
 About Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challengethe corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transformingthe public consciousness about what we eat and drink. Food & Water Watch works with grassroots organizations aroundthe world to create an economically and environmentally viable future. Through research, public and policymaker educa-tion, media and lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainablemanner, and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers and groundwater.
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Introduction...................................................................................................................................................................1Behind FDA approval of rBGH..................................................................................................................................................2 
 FDA ignores and denies possible health impacts
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Conflicts of interest?
.....................................................................................................................................................3 What the Science Tells Us Now: Post-Approval Studies of rBGH...........................................................................................4
Animal welfare
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Antibiotic resistance
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 Hormonal effects in humans
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 Harming human reproduction?
....................................................................................................................................5 Why rBGH? Growth Hormones and the Push to “Get Big or Get Out”.....................................................................................6Labeling......................................................................................................................................................................................7rBGH Has a New Owner.............................................................................................................................................................8Community Responses to rBGH................................................................................................................................................10Take Action................................................................................................................................................................................11Endnotes..........................................................................................................................................................12
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How Artificial Hormones Damage the Dairy Industryand Endanger Public Health

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