Freedom of choice is going down the gutter on this continent.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kstaven, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    The Pennsylvania Government Thinks You Are Too Dumb to Make Your Own Shopping Choices

    As of January 1, 2008, Pennsylvania will ban all labels on milk and dairy products that indicated they come from cows that haven’t been treated with artificial bovine growth hormone, also know as rBGH or rBST. State officials say that such labels are “confusing”.

    Farmers use artificial bovine growth hormone to increase milk production. The U.S. government has long maintained that it is safe, but it is illegal in many other countries. Many American consumers dislike the idea of milk that comes from cows that are treated with artificial hormones, and many national grocery store chains have begun offering rBGH-free options, or stopped selling milk from rBGH-treated cows entirely.

    In reaction, Monsanto, which manufactures rBGH, has spent more than a decade trying to persuade federal and state authorities to ban non-rBGH labels, and they have now managed to convince Dennis Wolff, Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary to play it their way.

    Wolff argues that “hormone free” labels are misleading, as cows produce hormones naturally. But even labels that are more carefully worded, such as “contains no artificial hormones” will be banned in Pennsylvania because Mr. Wolff says that there is no scientific test which can verify such a claim.

    The ban will also extend to phrases such as “pesticide free” and “antibiotic free.” Wolff says such labels are confusing for consumers because they suggest milk without those labels is unsafe.

    Monsanto has continued to maintain that rBGH is completely safe, despite the fact that research has found the opposite to be true. Europe and Canada has banned it completely due to its health risks, as it’s been found to increase the levels of cancer causing chemicals in the milk.
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Yep, been headed that way for YEARS....

    Goes to show, the goverment thinks we're all idiots!

    "confusing!" [​IMG] what a lame excuse - why don't they just SAY "you're all idiots unable to make your own choices!"
  3. poppycat

    poppycat Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Actually Monsanto KNOWS you're too smart to choose milk with rBST in it. That's why they want it off the label.

    Just how much have they contributed to Wolff's campaign? That's what I'd like to know.

    Where's that machine gun emoticon when you need it?
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    No doubts other states will follow the example. Throughout history people have fought and died for the freedom we allow our governments to take away. That is sad.
  5. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    Quote:Monsanto is a force to contend with, and they aren't in business to promote healthy eating. Here's the gun [​IMG]
  6. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Braums labels their milk this way in OKlahomaand I just want some company to try to come into OK and say they can't I knew Mr. Braum and his faimly when I was younger and in OK Braums is a power to be reckoned with. and while most of the larger grocery chains have sent their milk prices soarring Braums comparatively has not, maybe because braums headquarters is about 45 miles from me and another of their farms is about 5 miles from me. Everyonce in a while my hubbie a semi mechanic gets some prison milk (most chocolate yes prisoners get chocolate milk) from one of the drivers I know that they are pumped full of horomones however have you ever tried to drink milk from a bag before not easy.
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
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    Oh! I would be absolutely furious!
    The local dairy that I buy from has a label on their products stating that they are "rBST-free". All this does is say that the cows aren't fed that particular growth hormone; it doesn't make any insinuation that it is or isn't good for you.
    My personal complaint against the whole thing goes beyond the human health implications. I think that milk, like eggs, is a gift from nature, and should be treated as such. I think it is ungrateful and typically egocentric of us to be unhappy with the bounty nature gives us, and then try to artificially increase that bounty by feeding animals things that we know do them no good (it is a proven fact that cows on artificial hormones suffer from an increase in mastitis, which is not a pleasant ailment to endure).
    If I lived in PA, I would be on the phone to my reps! [​IMG]
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Beware the statement "Hi, we're the government and we're here to help you." What follows will strip away your freedoms, you can bet on it.
  9. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Grrrrrrr! Monsanto Grrrrrr! :thun
  10. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Quote:Aww come on . They do such a good job with things like prohibition, and the mail, and education and the economy, and vietnam, and Iraq, and NAIS and well............everybody make mistakes Cyn. and they do it so well too, makes you wanna just go out and vote a new batch of idiots in. Dont it?

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