by Marion Nestle
Jul 22 2008

Guess the sponsor: rbGH milk study

Even I am astonished by this one. Greg Miller of the National Dairy Council sends me all the studies that favor eating dairy products.  This one is a classic (of sorts) from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association .  The study compares the nutrient value of conventional milk, rbGH-free milk, and organic milk and finds–surprise!–no significant difference. In case you need a reminder, rbGH is recombinant bovine growth hormone, the genetically engineered hormone that increases milk production in cows.  Monsanto makes it.  OK, class: it’s quiz time.  The study has ten authors.  Guess who seven of them work for (or used to work for)? Guess who paid for the study?  And what are the other three authors doing there?

  • Ashley Colpaart

    My friend Melinda made a good point:
    What’s not measured in this report should be jumping off the page to any critcal thinker:
    IGF; antibiotic use (which residues tested for and which not); somatic cell count; CLA; pasture time; omega 3 fatty acids; vitamin E; life expectancy of
    the cow, etc. etc.

    What’s not included is just as important as what is!

  • Meredith

    Marion, you might want to let your website managers know that your RSS feed is displaying oddly. I’m viewing it in Google reader, and each double space (” “) you include after a period shows up as question marks. For instance, this post shows up as follows:

    “Even I am astonished by this one. Greg Miller of the National Dairy Council sends me all the studies that favor eating dairy products.?? This one is a classic (of sorts) from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association .?? The study compares the nutrient value of conventional milk, rbGH-free milk, and organic milk and finds–surprise!–no significant difference. In case you need a reminder, rbGH is recombinant bovine growth hormone, the genetically engineered hormone that increases milk production in cows.?? Monsanto makes it.?? OK, class: it’s quiz time.?? The study has ten authors.?? Guess who seven of them work for (or used to work for)? Guess who paid for the study??? And what are the other three authors doing there?”

    Thought you might want to know! Thanks for the great blog, as always!

  • http://whattoeatbook.com Marion

    Electronically challenged as I am, I have no idea why it iis doing this. I will ask my blog guru to check it out. Thanks much.