Let consumers make informed choices

Let consumers make informed choices

There are 8 comments on the The Morning Call story from Nov 23, 2007, titled Let consumers make informed choices. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has banned milk companies from labeling their packaging ''rBST-free'' or ''BGH-free'' . Thanks to intense pressure by Monsanto Company, which manufactures artificial ...

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William

Williamsburg, IA

#1 Nov 23, 2007
My family and I purchase only non-rBGH(non-rBST) milk. This means that we (and all the other families who are like us) are left with only one choice when it comes to dairy products: If it doesn't specifically state that it is non-rBGH (atificial hormone free), we don't buy it, period.

Seems like the PA Dept.of Ag. is doing a great disservice to both its citizens and its dairies. So whom are they serving? What happend to 'of the people, by the people, for the people' in the state of Pennsylvania?
Barbara

Birdsboro, PA

#2 Nov 24, 2007
William wrote:
So whom are they serving? What happend to 'of the people, by the people, for the people' in the state of Pennsylvania?
They sold us out to Monsanto. Monsanto is in the business of getting what it wants at the expense of farmers and consumers. See

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
Andy

Laceyville, PA

#3 Nov 28, 2007
Why couldn't the grocery stores advertise which milk is hormone free?
Barbara

Birdsboro, PA

#4 Nov 28, 2007
Andy wrote:
Why couldn't the grocery stores advertise which milk is hormone free?
The reason being given is that it will "confuse" consumers by making them think artificial hormone free milk is better than milk from cows treated with bovine growth hormone manufactured by Monsanto. Monsanto doesn't like competition and has a willing partner in our Secy of Agriculture to make sure consumers don't get a choice.
If you want milk labeled, you need to call and complain. Be sure to tell them you aren't confused. Maybe suggest that milk from treated cows should be labeled for real truth in advertising.
Oracle

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Nov 28, 2007
Every day we meat eaters eat hormone induced chickens, pigs, or cows. For you veggie heads you eat genetically altered wheat, corn or soy. Get a grip on yourselves. It hasn't killed anyone yet.. never will.
william

Williamsburg, IA

#6 Nov 29, 2007
Oracle wrote:
Every day we meat eaters eat hormone induced chickens
I am not aware of any biotech that markets genetically modified wheat seeds in the US. What is the name of this wheat seed brand and which biotech is selling it? Thanks ...
Barbara

Birdsboro, PA

#7 Nov 29, 2007
Oracle wrote:
Every day we meat eaters eat hormone induced chickens, pigs, or cows. For you veggie heads you eat genetically altered wheat, corn or soy. Get a grip on yourselves. It hasn't killed anyone yet.. never will.
Realistically, you don't know that for sure. Maybe it's harmless and maybe it's not. Maybe all the genetically modified organisms (GMO) are what is causing an upswing in childhood allergies and myriad other health problems. The American people are guinea pigs in a huge experiment by industry. Did you sign up for that?
William

Williamsburg, IA

#8 Nov 30, 2007
Barbara wrote:
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Realistically, you don't know that for sure.
I completely agree with you on this, and I believe that it is only a matter of time before science uncovers the significant, negative health-safety properties of genetically engineered crops.

Pro-GMO activists often say that GMO’s are no different from the traditional plant breeding techniques that farmers have been using for years. This is simply not true. Recombinant DNA technologies were discovered in 1973 and were not used commercially until 1996. This technology (which allows not only trans-species transgenics, but also trans-kingdom transgencis) is dangerous, and its discovery triggered the 1975 Asilomar Conference in Pacific Grove, California.

From a July 1, 2007 article in the New York Times (’A Challenge to Gene Theory, a Tougher Look at Biotech’- Denise Caruso):“Evidence of a networked genome shatters the scientific basis for virtually every official risk assessment of today’s commercial biotech products, from genetically engineered crops to pharmaceuticals.”

This is too often the path for ‘scientific’ proclamations, especially where money is involved: what is ‘safe’ today is a health hazard tomorrow. The unique problem with GMO’s is that once they are let loose on the environment, you cannot recall them. They cross-pollinate with other plant varieties.

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