There are so many things that I could write about that I basically had to pick a topic out of a hat today. I notice an awakening. People are more knowledgeable and genuinely interested in changing our current environmental situation, and I see good stuff everywhere. What I mean by good stuff is a ton of information about different concerns and actual solutions offered to fix them. The common denominator solution is us. We are important, we call the shots and we are the healthy future.
I am pumped. I prefer not to look at the big problem but rather the big solution. With all of this knowledge we become more powerful.
Here is a tidbit about milk. Canada and much of the world has banned this particular hormone. The US still uses it and any dairy product coming from the US could contain it. The “it” is called rbGH or Bovine somatotropin. In simple terms it is a hormone injected into cattle to increase milk production by 10 to 15 percent. It makes them lactate. As we know, more lactation means more production and more output. What is the consequence of this? Yep, that lovely condition called mastitis. As a result of the infection, an unsafe amount of blood and pus enters the milk. In order to prevent that from happening farmers are forced to deliver very high levels of antibiotics to cattle in order to reduce the contaminants dripping into the milk.
Our cow’s milk ends up consisting of a cocktail of antibiotics and hormones brought on by the need for companies to make cows lactate quicker. This my friends is a very brief and to the point definition of rgBH hormone and why you want to avoid it. Just imagine the effects of drinking this milk on a little child’s developing body? An excess of hormones can be linked to early onset of puberty, and too many antibiotics are linked to antibiotic resistant strains of super bugs.
Believe it or not, this brings me back to happy. We have the choice not to drink it, and ultimately create less demand. Not only will we be healthier for that choice but there will be plenty of happy cattle to boot! Nobody is forcing us to drink it and anything we decide is our choice. Remember, the consumer is in the driver’s seat at all times and the manufacturer is aiming to please. With a little tweak in dietary habits a whole new world can unfold.