If just 10 percent of dairy cows in America were injected with a dye that produced blue milk, it would be hard to find products made from white milk.
We would see blue–or at least light blue–milk products in every refrigerator and cupboard in America because it would appear in our infant formulas, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, butter, medications, crackers, processed foods, and school lunches. If blue milk proved not to be safe for humans, the health of virtually all Americans would be jeopardized.
It isn’t news that cows in America are being injected with a bioengineered growth hormone to boost milk production (known as rbGH, rbST, or BST). This has been going on since the early ‘90s, and then 10 percent of the cow’s were being injected. Just how safe is this?
Undisputed fact: The bovine growth hormone stimulates the cow’s liver to produce another protein hormone–insulin-like growth factor (IGF1). IGF-1 can be greatly increased–up to more than 75 percent–in milk from rbST-treated cows.
Independent Scientists say that if absorbed by humans, increased IGF-1 in milk is of serious health significance because when orally delivered, humans may absorb it and that IGF-1 is a co-factor for human cell devision at one part per billion. A cell division factor like IGF-1 is termed a mitogen. And, IGF-1 in higher amounts is associated with colon tumors and breast tumor tissue.
There is controversy about whether or not humans absorb IGF-1 orally. Why take a chance? Organic milk is easily available in almost all supermarkets.