In 1997, the investigative reporting duo of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, while working for Fox News, cracked a story about Monsanto’s conspiracy to push bovine growth hormone while ignoring the potential risks to its “end users.”
The channel was extremely reticent, to say the least, to run the story after coming under pressure by Monsanto.
After being fired, the couple successfully sued under Florida’s whistleblower laws.
However, Fox won on appeal as courts found FCC regulations against news falsification was a “policy”, and not a law.
Catch that? as per FCC Regulations, when Fox made the demand for these two reporters to falsely report the news, these two reporters were indeed required to follow through.
Fox then countersued in 2004 for court fees and legal costs.
Several large dairy producers and food companies have made news recently by getting rid of recombinant bovine growth hormone, also known as rBGH or rBST, from their milk supply.
This is great news for consumers, since this genetically engineered growth hormone is known to cause harm to cows and poses health risks to humans.
In yet another attack on consumers’ right to know, Monsanto, the company behind rBGH under the trade name “Posilac”, has ‘asked’ the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of labels identifying “rBGH-free” or “rBST-free” dairy products.
Monsanto claims such labels are “misleading” to consumers, and infer that dairy products without such a label are inferior.
We want – we need – we demand these labels remain, and we demand more of them!
The FDA approved the use of voluntary labels more than 12 years ago at the request of dairy companies seeking to respond to customer concerns over the use of the genetically engineered hormone.
Since the FDA refused to require mandatory labeling of dairy products from cows treated with rBGH, voluntary labeling by non-adopters is the only label consumers can count on to make informed decisions about what to feed themselves and their families.
If Monsanto succeeds in convincing FDA to restrict rBGH-free labeling, consumers will lose this valuable information about how their food is produced.
Protect Your Right to Know – Contact your representatives and the FDA NOW.
If you would like to send your own personal comments on this subject, you can email them to FDA Commissioner von Eschenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not restrict labeling of rBGH-free products!
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