Genetic Engineering Out of Control – Even Ice Cream Is Not Safe From Greedy Industry

You’re likely aware that much of the corn you eat is genetically modified. And you may know that if you buy your food from the local super market, it’s hard to get away from GM food products, especially in processed food.  But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know for certain the food you’re feeding your family is truly wholesome.

For example, did you know that a significant percentage of milk in the US is genetically engineered?  That means that any milk products from cheese to ice cream are contaminated with a bovine growth hormone known as rBGH.  rBGH is an artificial, genetically engineered hormone that increases milk production in dairy cows.  This causes a host of problems for the cattle and the humans who drink their milk.

One popular ice cream company, Ben and Jerry’s, has committed to using milk that contains NO genetically modified bovine growth hormone.  However, Breyers, Haagen Dazs, and Baskin-Robbins continue to use rBGH tainted milk despite the fact that the hormone has been banned in countries around the world.   Even worse, if you carefully read the labels you’ll find Breyers and Haagen Dazs both declare that their dairy products are “all natural.”

Natural?  Since when are genetically engineered hormones “natural?”

The problem with rBGH.

When a cow is injected with rBGH , there is an increase of a substance called IGF-1 in the milk it produces – as much as six times the normal amount. However, back in the early nineties the FDA approved rBGH after requiring only 90 days of testing on a few dozen rats. This decision has turned out to be one of the most controversial the FDA has had to live down as many scientists, government officials, and farmers advised against it. And now we know this extreme excess in IGF-1 can lead to breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

IGF-1 is short for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1.  This growth factor occurs naturally and it does promote normal growth.  That’s why historically drinking milk has been encouraged because it “promotes strong bones and teeth.”  However, as with most things, too much IGF-1 means bad news and too much is exactly what you get with rBGH milk.

IGF-1 is easily absorbed into your bloodstream and is known to block apoptosis, a defense mechanism against cancer development.  As a result, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancers are linked to the consumption of increased IGF-1 levels and there is documentation to show this.  The risks are real and that is why you won’t find Australians, Europeans, Canadians or Japanese consuming U.S. dairy products.   Milk produced in the United States is banned in these countries.  Outrageous, isn’t it?

However, U.S. supermarkets are stocked full of rBGH milk, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, sour cream and just about any other milk product available.

What you can do to promote change.

While many health experts advice against consuming dairy at all, except for products made with raw milk, many Americans enjoy an occasional ice cream or dairy dessert.   Ben and Jerry’s, Yoplait, Dannon, and Starbucks no longer use rBGH because of consumer demand.  If you buy Breyers and Haagen Dazs dairy products, perhaps your voice can help promote change.  Contact these companies and ask them to stop using rBGH milk.  As a consumer, you have more clout than you may realize.

Author: Sylvia Anderson

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