It seems that, thanks to industrial agriculture giants, RBGH-free milk is at risk in Kansas. There’s only one woman, the governor of Kansas, who can stop it and she needs to hear from you.
How the Kansas Law Affects Kansas
The Kansas bill would restrict any national dairy from labeling its milk as RBGH-free for Kansas markets. That means that consumer choice will be extremely restricted with no way to identify RBGH-free milk or differentiate between RBGH-laden milk and RBGH-free milk on the milk carton. The bill effectively takes Kansas consumer choice out of the consumers’ hands.
Kansas residents simply won’t know whether or not their milk contains the engineered hormone. Why? Because manufacturers won’t be allowed to label the milk appropriately!
How the Kansas Law Affects You
So, if you’re concerned about RBGH and its effects on your health and the health of your family, this bill should concern you regardless of whether or not you live in Kansas. The reason it affects people all across the nation is that a bill like this sets a disturbing precedent for it to happen in your state. Moreover, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is slated to become your Secretary of Health and Human Services, if she fails to veto this bill how can we trust her to look out for the health interests of an entire nation?
Other Bloggers on Kansas Milk
- Cheeseslave: Email Kansas Gov. Sebelius â€” No Growth Hormones in Milk!
- Ren: Your Milk on Drugs
- Media & The Environment: Kansas Cries over “Hormone Free” Milk
Why Oppose the Law
- It removes consumer choice from the hands of the consumers.
- It further homogenizes our agricultural system by disallowing manufacturers from appropriately labeling and differentiating their product from others.
- It promotes the use of RBGH/RBST, engineered hormones are linked to higher concentrations of IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, which contributes to the growth of various cancers including breast, colon and prostrate cancers.
- Because RBGH is linked to disease in cows, and do you really want your milk coming from sick animals?
- Because consumers time and time again have expressed their concern over these artificial and synthetic hormones, but instead of addressing and resolving the issues; industrial giants are using their political sway to sweep it all under the rug.
Has it Happened Before?
Sadly, the answer is yes. This came up in 2007 in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers, with the urging of Monsanto, passed a law that made it illegal to label milk as RBGH-free; however, due to massive outcry from consumers and consumer groups Pennsylvania held off on enacting the law until after an evaluation period ending in February of 2008. This time frame allowed consumers to consistently voice their concerns regarding the new labeling law. Again, after massive public outcry Pennsylvania lawmakers did what lawmakers should: they represented their constituents’ interests and rescinded the law in January of 2008. With that success in mind, please act now.
What To Do Now
- Spread the Word! Blog about this issue. Discuss it on message boards. Add it to facebook. Tweet about the issue. Stumble this post and others addressing the same topic. Email your friends, family and other real food lovers.
- Contact Governor Sebelius! You can email her online regarding this issue at the Institute for Responsible Technology.
- Don’t shut up and don’t take it! This is your food. What you eat is a political act.
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