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    What about rBGH and C.a.n.c.e.r.?

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    June 2, 2010

    Increasingly, scientific evidence, including a recent report by the President’s Cancer Panel, is linking the chemicals in our foods to the high rates of cancer.

    And the issue is highly charged. Because food is never just food. Food is love. Food is politics. It is industry. It is controversy.

    But is food cancer?

    As modern food-production methods introduce new environmental exposures to carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds into our food supply, when we eat meat, poultry and dairy, we now eat the residue of everything the animal ate, including growth hormones, pesticides and contaminants.

    Today, the United States has the highest rates of cancer of any country in the world with 1 out of every 2 American men and 1 out of every 3 American women expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes [1].

    Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 15-54, affecting 1 in 8 women[2] .

    It is now known that only 1 out of every 10 breast cancer cases have a genetic component, making 9 out of 10 breast cancer cases environmentally triggered. [3]

    Since its introduction into the American food supply in 1993, bovine growth hormone (rBGH/rBST), a genetically engineered product first patented and introduced by Monsanto, has proven controversial because of its potential carcinogenic effects[4].

    In contrast to the introduction of this bovine growth hormone in the United States, the European Union nations as well as Australia, Japan, Canada and Norway, Switzerland and New Zealand never allowed its introduction into their national dairy supplies.

    rBGH/rBST has been shown to raise insulin-like growth factor levels in the body, associated with an increased risk of breast cancer[5]. It is now recognized that American women have about a five-fold greater risk of breast cancer than women in countries that do not permit the sale of hormonal beef and dairy.

    Currently, in the United States, the only way to avoid dairy that has been treated with this genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is to purchase certified organic milk. Wal-Mart is the biggest seller of certified organic milk.

    So maybe the question isn’t “Got Milk?” but rather, why the US is the only developed country in the world asking“Got rBGH?” and how much longer we will have to wonder if we’ve got cancer?

    “The situation is like the tobacco industry. They knew about it but suppressed information. Tobacco is bad enough. The size of genetic modification and problems it may cause us are tremendous; tobacco will be nothing in comparison with this. People should be made accountable for the crimes they committed.” ~Arpad Pusztai, biologist, whistleblower.


    [1] American Cancer Society

    [2] National Cancer Institute

    [3] Breast Cancer Fund

    [4] Robyn O’Brien, The Unhealthy Truth

    [5] Breast Cancer Fund

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