A Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer
Reports) survey found that 88% of people agreed that milk from cows
raised without synthetic bovine growth hormone should be allowed to be labeled
as such. Another professional survey by Lake Research Partners for Food and
Water Watch found 80% feeling the same way.
This hormone increases the rates of 16 different
harmful medical conditions in cows and there is substantial scientific evidence
that it may increase antibiotic resistance and cancer rates in humans.
Most industrialized nations of the world have
banned the use of rBGH, and the Codex Alimentarius, the U.N.s main food safety
body, concluded there was no consensus that its safe for human health.
Health Care Without Harm, an international
coalition of over 440 organizations that promotes safe and healthy practices in
hospitals, adopted a formal position statement opposing rBGH. Already, over 100
hospitals throughout the country have declared they will move toward serving
rBGH-free dairy products.
Similar rules or bills have been proposed in
other states which have been instigated by Monsanto, the hormones only
manufacturer, and its supporters. One corporation shouldnt have the right to
take away our right to know and freedom of speech. These rules are not
representative of Utah citizens.