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 Milk and Honey, er, Hormones 
 
by Organic Consumers Association - 1/18/2008
Pennsylvania changes course and allows farmers to alert consumers that they do-or don't-ply their dairy cows with hormones
By Lisa Stein
Scientific American, January 18, 2008
Straight to the Source

Bowing to pressure from consumer advocates, Pennsylvania officials have dropped plans to bar farmers from revealing whether or not milk hails from hormone-enhanced cows. The state's agriculture department on Thursday issued new guidelines that allow dairies to label milk so that customers know if it was produced from cows pumped with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).

The move comes less than two weeks before a February 1 ban was set to take effect that would have barred dairies in the Keystone State from slapping certain labels on milk products, including "from cows not treated with growth hormone rBST'' and "free of artificial growth hormones."

''This is a victory for free speech, free markets, sustainable farming and the consumer's right to know," Michael Hansen, a senior scientist with the Consumers Union (CU), said about the state's about-face. "Consumers increasingly want to know more about how their food is produced and, particularly, whether it is produced in a natural and sustainable manner. There is no justification for prohibiting information about rBGH use on a milk label.''

He added that the state should be applauded for "realizing that its initial regulation prohibiting such labeling was flawed and for reversing its position.''

Full Story: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=milk-industry-gag-order-on-artificial-hormones-lifted

   
Provided by Organic Consumers Association on 1/18/2008
 
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