March 24, 2011 by esarsea
The above link was posted to THE BS BLOG using the share feature on The Daily Green. It’s an article from 8/20/2008 that discusses pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly’s purchase of Monsanto’s rBGH business for $300 million.
In the article the author questions the wisdom of Eli Lilly’s purchase of the controversial hormone manufacturing division, noting that, “The artificial hormone, sold as Prosilac, was given to 22% of dairy cows in 2002, and 17% in 2007, a decline of 22%.”
The article closes by saying:
“Eli Lilly is not helping its shareholders by buying a product that the marketplace is already abandoning,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “Consumers don’t want to drink milk produced with artificial hormones, retailers don’t want to sell it and fewer and fewer dairy farmers are using it.”
So the question is, Why?
Well, here’s why. Prosilac and rBGH has been linked to prostate and breast cancer. Eli Lilly also manufactures breat cancer treatment medications, and a pill that lowers the risk of breast cancer.
So the profit circle is complete. Own the cause, and own the treatment. According to Think Before You Pink, Eli Lilly’s cancer drugs made $2,638,000,000 for the company in 2008 alone.
Click the preceeding “Think Before You Pink” link to read about “Milking Cancer” and to watch a short video on the topic.