This bill would ban any type of labeling that enables consumers to know if their dairy products contain rBGH (rBST), a genetically engineered hormone that induces cows to produce more milk. Under the guise of protecting consumers from misleading information, this bill actually censors truthful information consumers want and need. It even extends to all agricultural products.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing this Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Senate Agriculture Committee. Please take a minute to e-mail or call the members of the Committee before Feb. 26 to express your opposition. And if you have time, please contact your own state senator.
One other thing you can do – please pass this message along to anyone you think might be willing to help.
Some suggested wording is below, but please feel free to put your message in your own words. And if you have a particular perspective, such as a farmer, business person, mother, doctor, etc., it's always good to personalize:
If you're short of time, that's all you need to say. If you'd like to elaborate, here are some other good points:
- A Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) survey found that 88% of people agreed that "milk from cows raised without synthetic bovine growth hormone should be allowed to be labeled as such." Another professional survey by Lake Research Partners for Food and Water Watch found 80% feeling the same way.
- This hormone increases the rates of 16 different harmful medical conditions in cows and there is substantial scientific evidence that it may increase antibiotic resistance and cancer rates in humans.
- Most industrialized nations of the world have banned rBGH, and the Codex Alimentarius, the U.N.'s main food safety body, concluded there was no consensus that it's safe for human health.
- Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of over 440 organizations that promotes safe and healthy practices in hospitals, adopted a formal position statement opposing rBGH. Already, over 100 hospitals throughout the country have declared they will move toward serving rBGH-free dairy products.
- Similar bills or rules have been proposed in other states which have been instigated by Monsanto, the hormone's only manufacturer, and its supporters. One corporation shouldn't have the right to take away our right to know and freedom of speech. This bill is not representative of Kansas citizens.
· Again, a personal touch is great – a mother not wanting rBGH products for her kids, a business protecting commercial free speech, a doctor or nurse concerned about health effects, etc.
Please contact these senators on the Agriculture Committee before this Tuesday, Feb. 26
R - Mark Taddiken – Chair
R - Roger C Pine - Vice Chair
D - Marci Francisco - Ranking Minority
R - Stephen R Morris – Member
D - Janis K Lee – Member
R - Terry Bruce – Member
R - Tim Huelskamp – Member
R - Derek Schmidt – Member
R - Ralph Ostmeyer – Member