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.