"What would you do if I killed your rBGH story?" he asked. What he really wanted to know was whether we would tell anyone the real reason why he was killing the story. In other words, would we leak details of the pressure from Monsanto that led to a coverup of what the station had already ballyhooed as important health information every customer should know?
This really stinks.
Please read this story by Jane Akres on PR Watch. Or watch the video below.
It's about Monsanto's successful campaign to have a report about the strong links between cancer - particularly breast cancer - and rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) shelved, despite a tough fight by the journalists who put the report together. rBGH is used in about half of all dairy cattle in the U.S., and research correlates its use to cancer.
According to Wikipedia, the United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Posilac was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier. Read about rBGH and its health implications here.
Monsanto won this round, meaning women are the big losers.
Since that point, Monsanto sold the vaccine to a subdivision of Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical company.
And please, insist on the label, "No rBGH," on all your dairy products.