|MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences|
Apparently you want an opinion vs. factual information. Here goes: 1. I believe bovine somatropin hormone is generally as safe as advocates claim. 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 competition. 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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