Another WTF


March 24, 2011 by esarsea

If you Google, “Monsanto Milk Labeling” or anything similar, you will likely receive hundreds of thousands of results. The battle has been ongoing since 2003 when Monsanto sued Oakhurst Dairy of Portland, Maine for labeling their milk as being free of artificial growth hormones. I won’t take the time to link to various articles and publications.

The FDA, long in Monsanto’s back pocket, does not require dairy products containing rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to be labeled as such. In fact, the FDA doesn’t require any genetically modified foods to be labeled. 

However, it appears the FDA is now worried about the popcorn you eat at the movie theater. In this article, the LA Times is reporting that the FDA has proposed new rules which would require cinemas to post the caloric content of popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels and other prepared foods. 

At first glance it would not seem a big deal that the FDA wants consumers to be informed about the nutritional value of the foods they eat. Similar to the nutritional charts one might see posted at a fast-food restaurant.

However, the FDA does not require labeling of meat and dairy products that contain Monsanto’s recombinant bovine growth hormone, even though rBGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. 

The United States General Accounting Office (the investigative arm of Congress) previously recommended the FDA not approve bovine growth hormone for use.  The Consumer’s Union (Publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine) has warned of the potential hazards to human health caused by consuming products derived from rBGH-treated cows.

Yet we still unknowingly ingest rBGH in our milk, cheese, yogurt and meats (old dairy cows are frequently used for hamburger). Unknowingly because Monsanto doesn’t want us to know — and what Monsanto wants, Monsanto gets — with the help of our own Food and Drug Adminstation.

You know the FDA…that government agency who (from there very own website) are , “Responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and products that give off radiation.”

Thank God the FDA has their priorities straight. The dangers of not knowing how many calories are in movie theater popcorn certainly outweigh any potential hazards presented by genetically modified foods and rBGH.

At least we still have the press looking out for our best interests…

One thought on “Another WTF

  1. Becky says:

    Yeah, I’ve recently noticed the milk jugs we buy no longer say whether or not they contain rBGH. I’ve been more concerned recently too, as my daughter seems to be showing signs of puberty a bit early, and is a big milk drinker as well as consumer of chicken nuggets. ( I’ve debated whether I should deny her favorite food, knowing the evils of factory-farmed chicken)

    I also have a minor in health education, and I’m well aware of the calorie content of movie theatre food. When we splurge for a day at the movies, however, healthy food is not my priority. Popcorn drenched in fake fattening butter is part of the experience.

    I tried to watch the video, but I had no sound. The volume icon on the computer disappeared and I can’t find it.

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