Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Very popular Ice Cream Company Full of Crap

I had a hankering for some ice cream the other day, so I sent my husband out to pick some up. He called me from the store and said that they did not have the Ben & Jerry's flavor that I wanted, and wanted to know if he should pick up another brand. The brand he suggested (which I will not mention and spare myself the danger of getting sued) was one that I knew was good, but was not sure if they used rBST/rBGH (the same thing) hormones in their ice cream.
I looked on their website and saw no mention of it, so I just sent them an email to ask.
In the meanwhile, my husband brought home a very good Ben & Jerry's selection :)

I received a response from the ice cream company a couple of days later, and I was pretty surprised at what they said:

Dear Ms. Aarden,

Thank you for requesting information on the use of milk from cows that have been treated with Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, or rBST, in our Ice Cream products.

Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin increases a cow's milk output by supplementing the animal's own natural rBST hormone. Extensive FDA study has shown that milk from treated cows has the same nutritional value and composition as milk from untreated cows. The decision to feed this supplement is made by the farmer and cannot be independently verified, since there is no method of differentiating between the hormone fed as a supplement and the hormone produced naturally by the cow.

Questions or concerns regarding the use of rBST can be addressed directly to the FDA. The agency responsible for the approval is the Center for Veterinary Medicine at:

Center for Veterinary Medicine

Communications Staff (CVM)

Food and Drug Administration

7519 Standish Place


Rockville, MD 20855



Thank you for taking the time to contact our company.

Sincerely, Jane Consumer Response Representative

Seriously? Do they think people are still that gullible, really? With all the evidence and research out there to make it pretty darn clear that this hormone is a danger to our health, do they still think they can get away with a response like that?

If it is so safe, why is it banned all over Europe and Canada? They are talking about a hormone that is injected into cows to make them produce and unnatural amount of milk. That is clearly unnatural, and used only in the interest of greed.

The facts are:

* rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 veterinary health risks on its Posilac label including mastitis and udder inflammation.
* rBGH milk is contaminated by pus from mastitis induced by rBGH, and then antibiotics must be used to treat the mastitis.
* rBGH milk is contaminated by the GE hormone which can be absorbed through the gut and induce immunological effects.
* rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally very different from natural milk.
* rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been incriminated as major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
* rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms.

We need to cast our votes with our dollars and vow not to support the use of this hormone.

Here is a list of Producers who do not use this hormone:

& here is a great website that helps you shop GMO free:

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