Look For Milk With No Artificial Hormones Or Antibiotics

By | June 11, 2009

cowNext time you pick up a gallon of milk look for the words “no artificial hormones or antibiotics used” on the carton.

That’s because in 1993, the FDA approved the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), otherwise known as bovine somatotropin (rbST), in cows. Farmers inject this synthetic hormone into the cow to increase their milk production. Note that this same practice has been banned in Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

According to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, cows injected with rBGH tend to have a higher instance of udder infections called mastitis. As a result they are treated more often with antibiotics. This increase in drug use can contribute to the growth of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, a major public health concern.

Milk from the cows that are injected with rBGH are not marked or labeled, therefore dairy farmers who do not use rBGH voluntarily and proudly label their products with such wording as “no artificial hormones or antibiotics used.”

7 thoughts on “Look For Milk With No Artificial Hormones Or Antibiotics

  1. Camila

    OMG I didn’t know about mastitis and antibiotics, that is really scary. Thanks for the information.

  2. Ben

    Artificial Hormones Or Antibiotics really sketch me out…I don’t like thinking that I am putting these types of medicine into my body. I always look for natural dairy products.

  3. Kate

    Thanks for the information. I’m trying to be greener, and this definitely will help me start my journey for a greener me.

  4. Shirt Printing

    Dont ever watch a documentary on the care of cows on farms and factories cause you will never want to eat meat or drink milk again.

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