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Got School Milk?

Got School Milk?

With fondness, I can remember my early elementary school days and the pride of being “milk monitor”, which meant I got to go to the cafeteria and pick up the small cartons of milk my classmates and I would enjoy during lunchtime.  Seems pretty innocent and wholesome, but, unfortunately, most school milk isn’t.

It is probable that the majority of milk consumed by students in cafeterias today contains the artificial growth hormone rBGH.  This hormone is commonly injected into cows in order to increase milk production.  Numerous studies have been conducted and the evidence that levels of rGBH in humans have a direct link to various forms of cancers, including prostate and breast cancer, is mounting.

For the poor cows, the use of rGBH increases the painful breast infection mastitis due to increased milk production.  Consequently, they’re given antibiotics, which can also be passed along thru the milk to the consumer.

If you want your child to consume milk, it’s wisest to go the organic route.  Serve it to your child at home or in a reusable bottle that is kept cold.  But for the love of all our children, let’s give our schools the opportunity to purchase and distribute rGBH free and organic milk.  As Ann Cooper, a chef and school food advocate with Lunch Lessons LLC Food Family Farming Foundation, stated: “Legislation must be put into effect that eliminates artificial hormones and antibiotics from all milk served in school cafeterias all across the country – our children’s health depends upon this.”  Contact your Congressional representative, asking her or him to make it easier for children to access milk free of artificial hormones.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

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1:18PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

thanks.

4:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

How about goat milk...more nutritious and easier to digest than cow milk.Almond milk is good to.

12:57PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

That's scary. Thanks for the information.

9:52AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

My daughter's school does not ALLOW the kids who eat the school lunch to bring a water bottle, it's factory farmed milk or nothing. It's obscene that they won't just give them WATER, that's the most basic human hospitality there is, offering someone a drink of plain old water - no one is allergic to it, it's cost effective, natural, and healthful. Our culture is seriously out of balance when they refuse to serve water to the kids.

12:19AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:20PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Schools need to start offering non-dairy milks such as almond , soy, and coconut milk beverages to children instead of assuming everybody needs or wants cow's milk. The dairy industry continues to promote this lie.

4:46PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

The only milk our bodies were designed to comsume was breast milk when we were infants. It is as Pam H. said "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth". With what the dairy industry does to animals these days no one really know whether their products are really safe. I say give the children water or juice.

10:54PM PST on Dec 21, 2009

I don't agree with offering only soy milk- I don't drink soy milk. (because of worries about the hormone disruption from unfermented soy which my obgyn warned me about when we learned I was pregnant with a boy) People should be allowed to pick. But I definitely agree that no one should have to drink hormone and antibiotic treated milk just because it's cheaper!

11:06AM PST on Nov 21, 2009

All schools should offer only soy milk.

10:58AM PST on Nov 21, 2009

I think it's better they drink milk than sodas.

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