Why are we seeing 7 year old girls developing breasts and starting their menses?
The year was 1937, when dairy was seen as not as profitable as it could be, some people took a look at how cows could be made to produce more milk in their milk cycle period.
That’s when bovine somatotropin (BST or bovine growth hormone) was introduced and proved to increase the amount of milk produced. Several companies were looking for a solution to increase milk production but it was the Monsanto Company that developed a synthetic (recombinant) version of this hormone (rBST) and got it to market first. With their strong legislative influence and team of legal representation, in February 1994, rBST was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the U.S. As it was commonly used in the U.S., rBST raised too many concerns and consumers demanded for rBST-free cows. About 25% of dairy cows continue to get rBST injections.
However, there are claims that this practice can have negative consequences for the animals themselves. A European Union scientific commission was asked to report on the incidence of mastitis (an inflammation of the cows’ teats) and other disorders in dairy cows as well as other areas of health for cows.
What the study found was that the use of rBST caused a number of health issues for dairy cows i.e. foot and hoof problems, mastitis and reactions where rBST was injected, also there were findings of reproductive disorders. Results showed it was not safe for dairy cows and recommended rBST use be stopped. Seeing this report, Health Canada and other countries prohibited the use of rBST starting around 1999 rBST has not been allowed on the market in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel or the European Union since 2000. Argentina also banned the use of rBST.
A document created by the FDA states that, when injected into dairy cattle, the product can increase milk production by an average of more than 10% over the span of 300 days, in cows whose feed levels are increased. For dairy farmers, this means an incredible increase when you consider a dairy farm with 10,000 or 50,000 cows. The profits from that averaged 10% increase amounts to thousands of dollars of increased income.
The use of rBST increases health problems with cows, including mastitis.
ORLANDO — National Milk Producers Federation has set Jan. 1, 2017, as the date for dairy farmers participating in the industry’s Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care Program to phase out the practice of tail docking.
At the federation’s annual meeting Oct. 26 in Orlando, the board approved a resolution hastening by five years the previously established 2022 deadline for discontinuing tail docking. Switch trimming is recommended as a preferred alternative.
WARNING, the above video is graphic and it was felt that knowing how animals on big farms are being treated because of some old beliefs that have no evidence. In fact, science has several studies showing how this inhumane practice does nothing but hurt the cow when it happens and in the long term. In brief, tail docking is another way of saying cutting off 1/3 of the cow’s tail. This leaves cows defenseless against swatting for flies, which leads to another health issue for the cow.
The main reason for bringing these issues, i.e. rBST, tail docking, stressed living environments and other health concerns for cows, is because an increase of growth hormone and stress hormones transfer from a cow’s milk into humans by way of eating or drinking milk, ice cream, cheese, even butter.
Consuming dairy products has been going on for hundreds of years but not dairy products from sick or poorly treated animals. It is the recommendation that if milk, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products are going to be consumed, they must be certified organic and consumed with limits. Dairy is suspect as one of the causes of obesity and other diseases of modern age. The question really is, is it the dairy products or how they have been tainted over the last 5 decades?