Tuesday, February 5, 2008

What's In Your Milk Label?

I recently had a chance to watch the film The Corporation, a documentary examining the nature of the corporation as a physical, individual entity living and acting in our post-modern world, with all the various and disturbing side-effects.

Good ol' Monsanto and its prize product Posilac, or recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), used to increase milk production in dairy cows for "maximum profit potential", was prominently featured. I shuddered at the images of the cows suffering from mastitis and other various side effects from this wonder drug, and I wonder what special hellish planet awaits those who think the use of rGBH is worth the pain brought about.

In related news, the Indiana State Legislature is about to pass a bill which "would prevent dairy labels that contain a 'compositional or production-related claim that is supported solely by sworn statements, affidavits, or testimonials." In other words, anything related to the moral or ethical dimensions of the product would be off-limits."

In other other words, if you want to know whether your milk contains this hybrid chemical holocaust, too bad. It's not worth your time or health, according to the politicians and their attached lobbyists in Indiana. Check out the full article here for more info.

Solutions as always: Go vegan, buy local (non-corporate, and that includes corporate "organic"), and support cow protection programs.

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