milk-products.jpg Natural is the 'in' thing today. Customers are rejecting synthetic foods and are inclined towards natural food. The latest to join the list is milk. The California Dairies' board has asked its members to refrain from injecting their cows with synthetic bovine growth hormone. Erring members have been threatened with a surcharge. Disputes, however, abound regarding the board's directive since the FDA had approved Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST) 14 years back for supplementing natural bovine somatotropin (bST) that is produced in a cow's pituitary gland.

Benefits
a. It is a hormone injection.
b. It stimulates increased milk production in cows by increasing their appetite.
c. It benefits farmers and increases annual profit by almost $100 per cow.
d. Farmers who use it say it does not change the constitution of milk in any way.
e. It decreases the price of milk because of increased supply.
f. It is particularly beneficial for small farmers.
g. The FDA has said that milk from cows injected with this is absolutely safe.

Side-effects
a. It increases the growth of the hormone IGF-1 in cows.
b. Increased IGF-1 in humans can cause colon, breast and prostate cancer.
c. It can bring advance the puberty in teens.
d. It leads to an increased use of antibiotics.
e. In cows, rbST causes the bacterial udder infection, mastitis.