Consequences of Genetically Engineered Milk (31/1/2005)

Monsanto's genetically engineered cattle drug rBGH is banned in Canada and the EU but was pushed through in the U.S. in extraordinary circumstances.

Consequences of Genetically Engineered Milk

Eleven years ago, the greatest controversy in FDA history began with a lie when the Clinton White House (Executive Branch Report on rbGH, February 9, 1994) concluded: "BGH-treated milk is safe because it is indistinguishable from normal milk."

The drug manufacturer (Monsanto) hired ex-Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop to compound the lie. Koop's press release, dated February 6, 1994:

"Milk from cows given supplemental bovine somatotropin is the same as any other milk.. Unfortunately, a few fringe groups are using misleading statements and blatant falsehoods as part of a long-running campaign to scare consumers about a perfectly safe food."

Did the National Institutes of Health agree? Here is what they concluded four years earlier:

"Recombinant rbGH treatment produces an increase in the concentration of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in cow's milk."

"Levels of IGF increase in milk after cows are treated with rbGH."
National Institutes of Health, Assessment of Bovine Somatotropin, December, 1990

"A strong positive association was observed between IGF-I levels and prostate cancer risk."
Science, vol. 279. January 23, 1998

"Insulin-like growth factor is thought to have a role in breast cancer."
The Lancet, vol. 351. May 9, 1998

"High plasma levels of IGF-I were associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Plasma levels of IGF-I are higher...in patients with lung cancer than in control subjects."
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 91, no. 2. January 20, 1999.

"The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system is widely involved in human carcinogenesis. A significant association between high circulating IGF-I concentrations and an increased risk of lung, colon, prostate and pre- menopausal breast cancer has recently been reported."
International Journal of Cancer, 2000 Aug, 87:4, 601-5

"...serum IGF-I levels increased significantly in the milk drinking group, an increase of about 10% above baseline-but was unchanged in the control group."
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 10. October 1999

Robert Cohen

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