MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences

Re: what is your stand on the use of bovine growth hormone?

Date: Tue Jul 11 20:08:15 2000
Posted By: Robert LaBudde, Staff, Food science, Least Cost Formulations, Ltd.
Area of science: Agricultural Sciences
ID: 960470606.Ag

Apparently you want an opinion vs. factual information.

Here goes:

1. I believe bovine somatropin hormone is generally as safe as advocates 

2. I also believe European objections to BSH are principally a non-tariff 
trade barrier to protect their heavily subsidized agriculture and exclude 
foreign competition.

3. I also believe BSH is a completely unnecessary product. All 
industrialized countries have a glut of milk anyway. The intense 
competition leads to slim profit margins. The slim profits lure the farmer 
into using BSH as a means of increasing output. Neither the farmer nor 
society are served by expanding production in an already surplus 
production system. Once one farmer uses it, the others are forced in by 

4. As you can see, I believe this issue is more one of exploitative 
economics than public health.

5. Ask yourself what arguments you have heard from advocates as to why BSH 
is NEEDED, as opposed to SAFE. If you find any, let me know!

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