Free Market Win! (rBGH)

We’re gaining ground on the rBGH front!


In January, thanks to consumer pushback, major milk buyers – including Grassland Dairy Products and Mullins Cheese – began refusing to buy milk from cows that were injected with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone).  Numerous other dairy plants followed suit, including Foremost Farms – the largest dairy cooperative in Wisconsin.


By May, rBGH was also banned by cheese plants, including: Land O’Lakes, AMPI, Agropur, Saputo Cheese, First District Assn., and Bongard’s Creameries.  Those bans generally take effect December 1, 2017.


Thankfully, the market is shifting!


rBGH is a genetically engineered hormone that is injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production.  It was the first genetically engineered hormone released into our food supply.   As discussed in Hands Off My Food!, the FDA approved rBGH in spite of the fact that:

1. The scientific literature reports a connection between rBGH and the promotion of certain cancers.

2. FDA scientists repeatedly warned that rBGH could put public health in danger.

3. The Government Accountability Office advised against approval.

4. FDA regulations had to be changed in order to approve the drug.

5. Two industry-sponsored rat studies were used as the primary evidence to support the safety of milk from rBGH cows for human consumption.

6. Most other industrialized nations banned the use of rBGH.


Fortunately, we are witnessing a consumer-driven push back.    


Let’s keep the momentum going!


What You Can Do:

1. Instead of conventional, buy organic dairy products such as: organic milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter.

2. If you prefer to consume conventional dairy products, read the label.  Make sure the product states on the label that it was not sourced from cows treated with rBGH (aka rBST).

3. If your conventional dairy products are sourced from cows treated with rBGH, you can choose to call or email the company and ask them to stop.  Alternatively, you can call or email your supermarket and request they start carrying conventional products that are not sourced from cows treated with rBGH.

 4. Call or email your local schools and hospitals.  Ask them to remove all rBGH products from their facility, if they haven’t already.



1. The Milkweed, Pete Hardin, Issue No. 456, July 2017.

2. Hands Off My Food!: How Government and Industry Have Corrupted Our Food and Easy Ways to Fight Back, Dr. Sina McCullough, 2017.

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