Members of the Kansas Legislature have joined the esteemed lawmakers or regulators in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio who want to spare their citizens the challenge of too much information. Specifically, they want to keep consumers ignorant of whether the milk they’re drinking comes from cows not dosed with recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH, which is also known as bovine somatotropin, or rBST. These are artificially derived hormones given to cows to increase their milk production.
Controversy over the hormones isn’t new. Opponents of the labeling, primarily some conventional dairy farmers and Monsanto, which sells the hormone, contend that the milk and cows are the same, with or without the rGBH. They add that the labels imply there’s something wrong with milk from rBGH cows.
The Pennsylvanians, after much controversy, decided that it was OK to state that milk was produced from cows without rGBH/rBST. That decision came after much public outcry.
I can’t claim to know that the cows and the milk are the same or different with or without rGBH. As someone who likes to know where my food comes from, though — and last year’s recalls have given me lots of company, I think — I like to know that kind of information.
If you agree and you’re a Kansan, you can let your lawmakers know through the Center for Food Safety’s action page.