Why I'm boycotting Haagen Dazs, Breyers, and Baskin-Robbins

For better health and because we oppose cruelty to cows, our household buys mostly organic, rBGH-free milk. I swear I can tell the difference by taste and by gross stuff floating in some of the rBGH milk.

For many reasons, “The product is already prohibited in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union.” Americans and our cows are suffering because our corrupt political system and greedy corporations treat cows not as animals but as milk production machines:

Image of a poor rBGH cow with giant udder

rBGH’s creator — Monsanto — couldn’t care less about animal welfare or even human health. Monsanto cares only about Monsanto’s profitability.

For more information on rBGH:

But I didn’t realize some big-name ice cream companies are still using milk from rBGH-tortured cows:

Ben & Jerry’s gets all their milk from dairies that have pledged not to inject their cows with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Why, then, can’t Haagen Dazs, Breyers and Baskin-Robbins do the same?

Starbucks now guarantees that all their milk, cream and other dairy products are rBGH-free. So do Yoplait and Dannon yogurts, Tillamook cheese, Chipotle restaurants, and many others…. As if to add insult to injury, Haagen Dazs and Breyers have the audacity to tell us, right on the label, that their ice cream is “ All Natural.”

…[I]njecting the genetically engineered hormone into cows increases the levels of a substance called IGF-1 in their milk. Monsanto’s own studies found that the amount of IGF-1 in milk more than doubled when cows were injected with rBGH. Studies by independent researchers show gains as much as six-fold….

According to an article in the May 9, 1998 issue of the medical journal The Lancet, pre-menopausal women with even moderately elevated blood levels of IGF-1 are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with lower levels.

…The artificial hormone is also notorious for causing the cows much pain and distress. It does this by increasing painful and debilitating diseases like lameness and mastitis in cows who are injected with it. And because it increases udder infections in cows, it has greatly increased the use of antibiotics in the U.S. dairy industry. If you wanted to design a system to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria, you’d be hard pressed to do better.

Does the increase in udder infections have an effect on the milk, and thus any ice cream, cheese or other product made from it? Most definitely, according to Dr. Richard Burroughs, a veterinarian deeply familiar with rBGH. “It results in an increase of white blood cells,” he says, “which means there’s pus in the milk!” The antibiotic use, he adds, “leaves residues in the milk. It’s all very serious.”

Posted by James on Monday, August 23, 2010