This is a clip from The Corporation, a documentary from 2003 directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot. Two news investigators profile Monsanto's bovine growth hormone for a story on the Fox news show "The Investigators" only to be harassed first by lawyers representing Monsanto, then by Fox themselves. It's a very interesting clip, the two reporters have done their jobs, represented both sides of the story, refuse to give in to the wishes of both corporations to falsify their findings and wind up with nothing. It turns out that it is NOT illegal to report false news. It doesn't shock me, I just never really thought about it. The whole documentary is great and free to watch on Hulu.com.
I was going to add that when you see "rBST free" on dairy labels this is what that means, it's free of the bovine growth hormone recombinant bovine somatatropin. When I went to lord google to get the correct spelling of the hormone I find this (below) from www.stoplabelinglies.com and since I love to stop lies I read it.
|ACSH Agrees rbST-Free Milk Marketing Misleading|
| By : Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D. - (ACSH) |
August 29, 2007
By Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D.
August 29, 2007
Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) have ruled that companies that sell milk and other
dairy products may state that the milk comes from cows that were not
treated with recombinant bovine somatatropin (rBST)
bioengineered hormone is identical to the one naturally produced by cows
and, when injected, extends the period of milk production. Monsanto, the
corporation that produces rBST, had sued to restrict such labeling.
Marketers who use the "our cows aren't given rBST" approach are thus
legally correct but scientifically wrongheaded. There's nothing
unhealthful or dangerous (to humans or cows) from using rBST, in spite
of activists' claims (does anyone doubt that the proponents of organic
foods are behind these claims?). But the implication of this labeling is
that the milk from rBST-treated cows is somehow inferior to that from
untreated cows, which it isn't. Thus it perpetuates a myth about the
supposed advantages of "natural" products.
While ACSH is in favor of truthful advertising and marketing, sometimes
following the letter of the law can lead to the dissemination of
misinformation. This is such a case.
Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D., is Director of Nutrition at the American Council
on Science and Health (ACSH.org, HealthFactsAndFears.com).
Source: American Council on Science and Health.
Can I say any more? We have the director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health siding with Monsanto, making a dig against proponents of organic foods and stating that the advantages of "natural" foods are a myth. Not to mention lying about the effects on cows and humans that rBST causes. Yikes. I guess Dr. Kava was already familiar with the title of my post.