California bans hormones in milk

Since California is the largest dairy state in the country, this is a big step in having all hormones removed across the US.  I think this measure demonstrates that people are starting to become more aware about the food they eat.  We are voting with our dollars and organics are taking a significant foot-hold.  Conventional growers are having to take steps to ensure they stay in business.  This is good news for California but better news for us consumers.

FRESNO-Consumer groups are applauding a major dairy cooperative’s decision to dissuade its farmers from using a synthetic hormone to coax more milk from cows, a move some insiders say could have a ripple effect across the dairy industry.

Members of California Dairies Inc., which ships over 14 billion pounds of milk annually, must stop injecting their herds with the genetically engineered hormone rBST by Aug. 1 or face having to pay a premium for the co-op to truck their milk to alternative markets.

RBST, or recombinant bovine somatotropin, is banned in Canada and Europe, mostly over concerns that it makes cows more prone to illness.

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