THE MYSTERY IN YOUR MILK

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Reporters' Version

Part I, Version 29

NATSND, milk pouring into glass up/under for upcoming NARRATION

NARRATION 1: "Nature’s most nearly perfect food"—that’s how most of us have always thought of milk…wholesome, nutritious and pure just like it says on some of the trucks that deliver it.

But down on the farm where most of us never see? Some Florida farmers have been quietly squeezing more cash from their cows by injecting them with an artificial growth hormone so they’ll produce more milk than nature intended.

Thurman Hatten, Florida Dairy Farmer: "Yes I would say, people in Florida areusing it. (Reporter Jane Akre) And you yourself? (Hatten) Ahh…

NARRATION 2: Thurman Hatten is one of many Florida dairymen reluctant to admit that they’re injecting their cows every two weeks…

Farmer Hatten continues: "…it’s possible I could be usingit."

NARRATION 3: The drug some Florida farmers don’t want you to know they’re using is a Monsanto laboratory version of bovine growth hormone known as BGH.

Here's how it works: when the cow gets injected with extra BGH, it stimulates the production of another hormone called IGF-1. That's really the stuff that speeds up the cow's metabolism, causing her to produce up to 30% more milk. But some scientists like Dr. Samuel Epstein are warning what might be good for the farmers' bottom line might be big trouble down the line for people drinking the milk from treated cows.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, Scientist, University of Illinois: "…there are highlysuggestive if not persuasive lines of evidence showing that consumption of this milk posesrisks of breast and colon cancer."

NARRATION 4: Dr. Epstein is a scientist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He's earned three medical degrees, written eight books, and is frequently called upon to advise Congress about things in our environment which may cause cancer. He and others like Dr. William von Meyer point to what they say is a growing body of scientific evidence of a link between IGF-1 and human cancers which might not show up for years to come.

Dr. William Von Meyer, research scientist: "We're going to save some lives if wereview this now. If we allow BGH to go on, I’m sure we’re taking excessive riskswith society."

NARRATION 5: Dr. von Meyer has spent 30 years studying chemical products and testing their effects on humans. He's supervised many such tests on thousands of animals at schools such as the University of London and UCLA. He's headed agricultural, chemical and genetic research at some of America's most prestigious companies.

His concerns about BGH have have sparked an inquiry by Congressman Scott Klug who wants to know just how was BGH ever approved for use in this country three years ago while a dozen European countries, Canada, and New Zealand have all blocked the use of it there.

Monsanto is the giant chemical company which sells the synthetic hormone under the brand name Posilac…and Monsanto has consistently rejected the concerns of scientists around the world.

Dr. Robert Collier, chief Monsanto BGH scientist: "In fact, the FDA has commentedseveral times on this issue after there were concerns raised. They have publicly restatedhuman safety confidence…this is not something knowledgeable people have concernsabout."

Calf in pen: "Moo!"

NARRATION 6: While other companies have dropped by the wayside, Monsanto has invested a mountain of money into Bovine Growth Hormone. Company sales tapes encourage farmer's to use it as a tool to milk more profits out of every cow.

Video clip of Monsanto sales tape: "Of course you’ll want to inject Posilacinto every eligible cow, as each cow not treated is a lost income opportunity."

NARRATION 7: A number of critics including at least one state agriculture commissioner have called it "crack for cows" for the way it speeds up the cow's milk production…but despite it's promise of profit, some dairymen say the product doesn’t always lead to happy trails for the cows or for those who tend them.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairy Farmer: "It’s a tool that can be used but youbetter be careful ‘cause it can burn you…"

NARRATION 8: Near Wachula, Charles Knight won’t use Monsanto’s synthetic BGH anymore. He is one of many farmers who say they’ve watched Posilac burn their cows out sooner, shortening their lives by maybe two years. Knight says he had to replace 75% of his herd due to hoof problems and serious udder infections. Those are two of more than 20 potential troubles listed right on the product warning label. But apart from potential suffering for the animals, the major concern is how the hormone injected into the cow changes the milk that ends up on our tables.

Dr. Robert Collier: "…this is the most studied molecule certainly in thehistory of domestic animal science."

NARRATION 9: While that claim may be open to dispute, the Monsanto product did put the product through a decade's worth of testing before it was approved by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as an animal drug. But that's part of the problem, according to many scientists who say since BGH alters the milk we drink, it should meet the higher safety standards required of human drugs. The critics say tests on BGH milk that could have answered these concerns about long-term risk to humans were just never done.

Dr. William von Meyer, Research Scientist: "A human drug requires two years ofcarcinogenic testing and extensive birth defect testing. BGH was tested for 90 days on 30rats at any dose before it was approved."

Dr. Robert Collier: "But suffice it to say the cancer experts don't see the healthissue and it's unfortunate the public is being scared by an issue that shouldn’t beof concern."

NARRATION 10: Monsanto’s dairy research director points to what the FDA has repeatedly said since the day it approved BGH back in 1993: "The public can be confident that milk and meat from BGH-treated cows is safe to consume."

Nonetheless, influential food safety officials from around the world remain unconvinced. Just last summer, the members of an important United Nations committee again blocked efforts to give a virtual green light to selling the drug around the world. For the second time in two years, the committee decided synthetic BGH needs more study.

Reporter Jane Akre standup: "So just how many dairy cows in Florida are beinginjected with this synthetic hormone? No one knows for sure, but it’s enough tovirtually assure that at least some of the milk in every jug you bring home from thesupermarket these days comes from treated cows."

Clip of consumer protestors chanting: " No more BGH, No more BGH"……

NARATION 13: Tomorrow: how consumers across America have fought to stop the use of the drug….and why here in Florida you can’t know if the supermarket milk on your family’s table comes from treated or untreated cows.

Milk pouring into tall glass.

Jane Akre, Fox 13 News


THE MYSTERY IN YOUR MILK

Reporters' Version

Part II

Cow in field: "Moooo"

NARRATION 1: You won’t find Ol’ Flossie and Bossie on Fred Gore’s dairy farm in Zephyrhills. On Fred’s farm, all the cows have numbers instead of names—and they’re watched by electronic eyes 24 hours a day.

Fred Gore, Florida Dairy farmer: "they help tell me if proper procedures are beingfollowed."

NARRATION 2: At a modern dairy farm, cows wear transponders that even tell a computer how much milk she gave today.

Farmer Gore: "She’s giving 121 pounds a day."

NARRATION 3: In the competitive business of dairy farming these days, productivity is paramount. That’s why Fred Gore and others like him were all ears when the giant Monsanto chemical company started promoting it’s new product called Posilac.

Clip from Monsanto sales tape: "Posilac is the single most-tested product inhistory and it helps increase your profit potential."

NARRATION 4: Monsanto promised that Posilac—a laboratory version of the cow’s natural growth hormone—could get Ol’ 2356 and her friends to produce up to 30% more milk. That was good news to Florida farmers who need all the help they can get in a state where high heat, humidity and little local grain make dairy farming a struggle.

The "promise of Posilac" sounded great to dairyman Charles Knight…but he says it didn’t turn out that way.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairy Farmer: "About the same time we began having a lotof foot problems with our cows because they got so crippled they couldn’t walk."

NARRATION 5: Right after he started using the drug on his herd near Wachula three years ago, Knight says his animals were plagued with those problems and serious infections of his cows’ udders. Troubles he attributes to Posilac eventually caused him to replace the majority of his herd. He says when he called dairy experts at the University of Florida and at Monsanto, they both had the same response.

Farmer Knight: "It was like overwhelming because they said you’re the onlyperson having this problem so it must be what you’re doing here you must be havingmanagement problems."

NARRATION 6: The University of Florida, by the way, did much of the research on BGH and has received millions in gifts and grants from Monsanto. Knight says neither the university nor the company ever mentioned Monsanto research that showed hundreds of other cows on other farms were also suffering hoof problems and mastitis, a painful infection of the cow’s udders. If untreated, the infection can get into the cow’s milk so farmers try to cure it by giving the cow shots of antibiotics…more drugs that can find their way into the milk on your table, which could make your own body more resistant to antibiotics.

Dr. Michael Hanson, Scientist, Consumers Union: "So for example, if you drank milkthat had residues of eurythymicin in it, then bacteria in your stomach could pick upresistance to that eurythymicin so that if you came down with an illness you wouldn’tbe able to use eurythymicin to treat it."

NARRATION 7: Dr. Michael Hanson, a scientist with Consumers Union, is not alone in his concern. The investigative arm of Congress and more recently an important group of food safety experts from around the world have raised this very concern related to the use of Monsanto’s drug. Even the Posilac label warns: "…use of Posilac is associated with increased frequency of the use of medication in cows for mastitus…"

Citing thorough study of the product both before and after approval by the FDA, Monsanto insists there are safeguards in place to detect any potential problem with antibiotics in the milk.

Dr. Collier: "Not only is every tank truck load tested but a sample is taken fromevery bulk tank that way if a truck is found to be contaminated you have to be able toidentify which farm it came from."

NARRATION 8: At the Tampa dairy coop, checks are routine but co-op officials admit the testing is just not thorough enough to detect the many antibiotics a farmer could use. More-complete checks are done by a few grocers and by the state—but only on a spot basis.

Dr. Hanson: "In fact there is over 60 drugs that they believe can be used on farmsand they test for a very small percentage of them."

File video of consumer protestors chanting: "Boycott bgh, boycott bgh…"

NARRATION 9: Demonstrations against the product when it was approved three years ago showed Americans were not very supportive of injecting dairy cows with synthetic growth hormones. This University of Wisconsin study conducted just last year says 74% of consumers are worried about unknown harmful human health effects of BGH which might not show up until later.

And outside the U.S., officials in other countries also remain skeptical.

Dr. Collier: "There are no human or animal safety issues that would preventapproval in Canada once they’ve completed their review, not that I’m awareof."

NARRATION 10: But long-term human safety is exactly the concern expressed by a Canadian House committee on health. Here are the minutes of a 1995 meeting where members voted to ask Canada's Health minister to try and keep BGH off the market for at least two more years. Why? "…to allow members of Parliament to further examine the human health implications" of the drug.

It's still not legal to sell the unlicensed product north of the border despite the company's efforts to gain the approval of government regulators.

NATSOT: "Monsanto Canada whose representative allegedly raised the subject ofmoney….:

NARRATION 11: In the Fall of 1994, Canadian television quoted a Canadian health official as reporting Monsanto offered $1-2 million if her government committee would recommend BGH approval in Canada without further data or studies of the drug. Another member of her committee who was present when Monsanto made the offer was asked: "Was that a bribe?"

File video clip of CBC documentary, CBC Correspondent to committee member: "Isthat how it struck you? (Dr. Edwards) Certainly!"

Reporter Jane Akre on camera: "Monsanto said the report alleging bribery was"a blatant untruth", that Canadian regulators just didn’t understand theoffer of the money was for research. Monsanto demanded a retraction. The CanadianBroadcasting Company stands by its story."

NARRATION 12: Elsewhere, New Zealand and a dozen other countries—all members of the European Union—are also unconvinced about BGH. The product has been banned in Europe at least until the year 2,000.

Could skepticism about the safety of BGH around the world be fueled by memories of earlier Monsanto products?

Dr. Michael Hansen: "Monsanto has a very checkered history with some of its otherproducts…"

NARRATION 13: Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers’ Union is another American scientist still very skeptical about BGH. He says Monsanto was wrong years ago when it convinced the government PCB’s were safe. Those were put inside electrical conductors for years…until researchers in Japan and Sweden showed serious hazards to human health and the environment.

And you've heard of Agent Orange, 2-4-5-T, the defoliant used in Vietnam? Monsanto convinced the government it, too, was safe. It was later proven to be extremely harmful to humans…and a government investigator found what she said was "a clear pattern of fraudulent content in Monsanto’s research" which led to approval.

In the case of BGH, Monsanto was required to promptly report all complaints from farmers. Florida dairyman Charles Knight says he was complaining loud and clear that Posilac was decimating his herd…but four months later? he found the company had not passed a one of his complaints to the FDA as required.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairyman: "…so how many more hundreds of complaintsout there sat and were not registered with FDA?"

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Monsanto admits a long delay in reporting Knight's complaints. A company spokesman claims despite a series of on-farm visits and telephone conversations with Knight, it took four months for them to understand he was complaining about BGH. As for those safety claims for previous Monsanto products that turned out to be dangerous, the company offered no comment.

But back now to the dairy co-op here in Tampa and the use of synthetic BGH by local farmers.

Reporter Jane Akre to Riley Hogan, Tampa Dairy Co-Op: "Have you ever gotten acommunication from a grocer or processing plant asking your members not to use it? (Hogan)No ma’am."

NARRATION 15: When we continue tomorrow, you’ll see the man who controls much of Florida’s milk supply admit how local supermarkets did once try to avoid milk from Florida cows injected with BGH. We’ll show you exactly how their plan didn’t work…and we’ll reveal how the dairy industry has kept this issue so quiet for so long.

Hogan: "It’s only an issue if you make it an issue!"

Jane Akre, Fox 13 News.


THE MYSTERY IN YOUR MILK

Reporters' Version

Part III

NARRATION 1: Should you be concerned about what we found Florida dairymen doing to their cows? Ask the men who market Florida fresh milk and they’ll tell you:

Riley Hogan, Tampa Dairy Co-op: "…to them and certainly to me it’s anon-issue and I think to the general public it’s been somewhat of a non-issue."

NARRATION 2: Riley Hogan is talking about what many Florida farmers are doinginjecting their dairy cows with a synthetic bovine growth hormone or B-G-H to "rev them up" so they’ll produce more milk. That milk is then co-mingled in tanks with other milk from cows that may or may not be getting the hormone. Whether you know it or not, by the time it’s bottled, chances are milk from treated cows ends up in the jug you carry home. It’s made the milk on your table one of the first genetically engineered foods ever to be fed to your family…and the population at large.

Jeff LeMaster, Consumer/Dad: "And for her now that she’s eating people foodwe want to give her as much good stuff without the chemical additives as possible."

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Grocers and the dairy industry know synthetic BGH in milk worries consumers like Jeff and Janet LeMaster. A whopping 74% of those questioned in this University of Wisconsin study released just last year expressed concern about unknown harmful human health effects which might show up later.

Dr. Robert Collier, chief Monsanto BGH scientist: "What they need to know is thatthe milk hasn't changed and that's the important thing here-the milk hasn't changed.

NARRATION 4: That’s the assurance of Monsanto, the giant St. Louis-based chemical company that began marketing BGH 3 years ago under the name Posilac. It's the company position despite scientific studies which show the milk we're getting from BGH-treated cows has a higher level of something called IGF-1, a hormone believed to promote cancer.

That's what's worrying scientists such as Dr. Samuel Epstein, the University of Illinois professor with three medical degrees, author of many books on the environmental causes of cancer, and a frequent consultant to Congress.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, University of Illinois: "…there are highly suggestive ifnot persuasive lines of evidence showing that consumption of this milk poses risks ofbreast and colon cancer."

NARRATION 5: Government regulators in Canada, New Zealand and all of Europe have expressed similar concerns and refused to license the drug for sale in all those countries.

File Video, consumer protestors chanting: "Boycot BGH!…"

NARRATION 6: So three years ago when the drug was approved in America and protesters started dumping milk that contained the synthetic hormone, your grocer and your milkman decided something had to be done to protect sales.

Riley Hogan, Tampa Dairy Co-op: "For good business reasons Publix and I bothwanted to avoid the use of the product until there was public acceptance."

NARRATION 7: Maybe you recall these media reports from 1994 when Albertsons reassured Florida consumers "…we will do our utmost to ensure that (people) don’t get it" in their milk. Publix issued similar assurances. Riley Hogan wrote letters to his Florida dairymen to pass along the grocer’s request.

Reporter Jane Akre to Riley Hogan: "Did any of the dairymen get back to you?(Hogan) No. (Akre) What was their response? (Hogan) They accepted it I guess. Theydidn’t respond. (Akre) Did you follow-up with them and ask if they were using it?(Hogan) No, ma’am. (Akre) Was this sort of a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy,then? (Hogan) No, no.

NARRATION 8: Minutes later, Fox 13 investigator Steve Wilson asked:

Reporter Steve to Hogan: "Was anything ever done to make sure they were honoringthe request by Publix? I mean I know you honored the request, you wrote the letter, butdid anybody ever do anything to see… (Hogan) I did not do anything more, no sir.(Wilson) and did Publix ask you to do more? (Hogan) I don’t recall. Idon’t think so but I don’t recall.

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The truth is nobody ever did anything but go through the motions of asking farmers to keep BGH out of the milk supply. In fact, Hogan says he made one thing perfectly clear to the grocers long ago…

Riley Hogan: "I could not in any way assure them that they would not in any wayhave milk from treated cows."

NARRATION 10: And when we visited seven Central Florida dairy operations chosen at random, how many were heeding the grocers' request? Not a one. As we've been telling you this week, at all major Florida supermarkets and convenience stores alike, because milk is co-mingled in those big tanker trucks, there's little doubt the synthetic hormone has found its way into every jug you buy.

Ken Deaton, Florida Dairyman: "I know we've used it since 1993!"

NARRATION 11: The grocers haven't made a public comment about BGH in a long time. We wondered just how would they answer consumer concerns about the hormone today?

In response to inquiries I made as the mother of a 2-year-old, Publix wrote to say although they originally asked dairymen not to use it on their herds, "it is impossible for us to determine" whether or not they are.

Albertsons acknowledged: "It is widely accepted in the industry that most all dairy farmers now use BGH" … but "we do not know which or how many dairies use it".

But it’s a different story at Food Lion. Its president Tom Smith wrote us: "We have asked our dairy producers not to purchase milk from dairies using Bovine Growth Hormone…and will make our decision as to whether to sell these products at a later date."

We called the corporate office to confirm Smith’s letter and a spokesperson assured use Food Lion actually sends out inspectors to make sure Florida farmers aren't using it. And if they are? "we don’t buy from them," she assured us.

Natural sounds of dairy barn

NARRATION 12: But meet dairy farmer Fred Gore. He tells us he uses BGH…and he says he supplies milk that ends up on the shelves at Food Lion.

Fred Gore, Dairy Farmer: "It speeds up their metabolism where they’ll eatmore feed and give more milk."

NARRATION 13: Food Lion now admits…there are no inspectors checking and Food Lion milk does likely contain synthetic BGH.

Reporter Jane Akre to Ben and Jerry: "Does that have BGH in it? Absolutelynot!"

NARRATION 14: But not everybody’s using it. Ben and Jerry, America’s icons of ice cream, don’t want anything to do with it…and they’re leading the fight to give you a choice at the grocer’s dairy case.

Jerry Greenfield, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream: "My son eats a lot of ice cream,drinks a lot of milk, eats a lot of cheese and given the choice I want him eating productsthat don’t have BGH in them."

Jane Akre, Fox 13 News.


 

THE MYSTERY IN YOUR MILK

Reporters' Version

Part IV

Ben Cohen, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream: "A big part of the issue is thatconsumers are well aware that what the FDA said was fine and healthy 10 and 20 years ago,the FDA is saying is really bad for you today…

NARRATION 1: It’s one of the big reasons Ben and Jerry, makers of some of America’s favorite ice cream, are so opposed to farmers injecting their dairy cows with Bovine Growth Hormone genetically engineered in a Monsanto chemical lab. It's now used throughout Florida and elsewhere to rev up the cows so they'll produce a lot more milk…but some well-respected scientists are worried. They cite studies which show injecting cows with BGH changes the milk we drink and that it contains a higher level of another hormone believed to promote cancer in humans.

Monsanto says there is absolutely no cause for worry, its product is entirely safe.

Dr. Robert Collier, chief Monsanto BGH scientist: " This is a product that was themost extensively reviewed product ever to go through the Center for Veterinary Medicine soah-the implication that something wasn’t done thoroughly is not true."

Ben Cohen continues: "Thalidomide, Saccharin, DDT, you know, so a lot of consumersare starting to say ‘I want to make my own decisions’."

NARRATION 2: Ben and Jerry have long wanted to put labels on their nationally distributed ice cream products to alert consumers that none of it comes from cows injected with artificial BGH. But the makers of Chubby Hubby and Cherry Garcia quickly found officials in Illinois and at least three other states turning a cold shoulder to the idea. In some cases, products with similar labels were being confiscated by officials who agree with Monsanto that such labels are unnecessary and maybe even misleading.

Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream: "If someone wants to buy icecream that is BGH-free, how is somebody gonna know? If they want to buy milk for theirkids and they don’t want BGH in it, how do they know? They can’t evenknow!"

NARRATION 3: Monsanto has not only fought efforts to label products from cows injected with BGH…but supported regulations like those in Illinois that make it illegal for dairies not using it to let you know that.

Dr. William von Meyer is a BGH critic with 30 years experience in the study of chemical products and their effects on humans. He testified in favor for such a law in New York City.

Dr. William von Meyer, research scientist: "The city council there voted 11 to 1to label milk and that went to the legislature of New York and Monsanto was able toinfluence legislative votes so a mandatory label law was not enacted."

NARRATION 4: In a survey conducted by Monsanto itself, at least half the people questioned believe milk from cows treated with synthetic hormone is different…and most of them think untreated cows produce safer milk.
In Florida, state agriculture commissioner Bob Crawford supports what he says is the widespread use of the synthetic hormone…and he, too, opposes labeling.

Robert Crawford, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs: "Thereare a lot of things you could label and inundate the consumer with all kinds ofinformation that’s not necessary and this is one of them."

Reporter Jane Akre on camera: "Here in Florida no legislator has ever proposed alaw to require dairy products be labeled so you can easily identify which come fromBGH-treated cows. Commissioner Crawford says he would oppose such a law. He and a numberof state lawmakers have received generous contributions from Monsanto and Florida dairyinterests but Crawford says that had no influence on his position because he doesn’teven recall the gifts.

Commissioner Crawford: "If they did I appreciate it but it won’t effect thisissue, it must not have been very much or I would have remembered it."

 

Natural sounds at Golden Fleece dairy

NARRATION 5: Our investigation has found only one dairy in Florida which produces milk from cows not treated with BGH…and what happened when the folks at the Golden Fleece dairy in Central Florida wanted to label their products as synthetic BGH-free? Well, first they say Commissioner Crawford’s people strongly discouraged it, but what really deterred them was a fear Monsanto—the company which makes the hormone—would come after them in court.

Glen Norton, Golden Fleece Dairy: "From the information I heard and read I wasafraid at some point that if we tried to do extra labeling that Monsanto could causedamage to my small, fragile business."

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Norton and others like him may have reason to be scared. Right after Monsanto started marketing its BGH three years ago, a number of dairies that didn’t use it began to label their products so consumers would know.

Dr. Robert Collier: "In fact, there are quite a few co-ops that

do just that and we have not opposed that at all."

NARRATION 7: But that's not true. Monsanto did file lawsuits against two small dairies, forcing them to stop labeling. Then the company spread the news with follow-up letters to other dairies that apparently saw the writing on the wall…and they also stopped.

At Golden Fleece, Norton says he hopes the generic wording on his new labels will alert consumers without sparking a legal battle with Monsanto.

Glen Norton: "I think hormone (free) is the best way to describe it and otherproducts will follow suit, and in a generic sense it will cover all the bases."

NARRATION 8: The labels on Ben and Jerry's ice cream will soon be different, too, in wake of a recent legal victory in Illinois. Officials there will now allow a label which says "We oppose…bovine growth hormone" and "the family farmers who supply our milk and cream pledge not to treat their cows with (synthetic) BGH".

The label will also carry wording that says the FDA has said there is no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows, a claim some scientists sharply question. That wording, by the way, was written by Michael Taylor, an attorney who worked for Monsanto both before and after his time as an FDA official.

Some dairy people say Ben and Jerry have jumped on the anti-BGH bandwagon as just a way to sell more of their ice cream.

Ben Cohen: "The tremendous amount of chemicals that’s used in conventionalagriculture is having a horrible effect on the environment and on the health of ourcitizens and our customers and you know, (laugh), if you want to say is it ourself-interest? Yeah! We want to keep our customers alive. They eat more ice cream whenthey’re alive!"

NARRATION 9: As part of an effort to influence these reports, a lawyer hired by Monsanto wrote a Fox television executive saying the discussion of any possible link between the use of synthetic BGH and cancer is "…the most blatant form of scare mongering". In a second letter, he said Monsanto critics are in all probability "scientifically incompetent". He is referring to critics such as Dr. Samuel Epstein at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Epstein has three medical degrees, he's the author of eight books, and is frequently called to testify before Congress about the environmental causes of cancer.

Like other BGH critics, Epstein contends it's just wrong to introduce a product into the marketplace when there are so many important and still-unresolved human health questions.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, research scientist: "We’re living in the greatestdemocracy in the world in many ways but in other ways were in a corporate dictatorship inwhich big government and big industry decide what information the consumer can and shouldhave and its the objective of me and the Cancer Prevention Coalition to assure that thisinformation be made available and let the public decide…(c/a) ...and let grass-rootcitizens take over where government and industry has failed."

 

Jane Akre, FOX 13 News.

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