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Make sure your milk is rBGH-free!

Make sure your milk is rBGH-free!

Milk- it does a body good, right?  Milk does indeed provide a good dose of calcium and other nutrients, but if the carton you buy doesn’t say it’s rBGH-free, then you could be at a higher risk for cancer.  Take a stand against this cancer-causing growth hormone and sign a petition to ask Ely Lilly, the manufacturer of the drug, to put an end to injecting us with the unnecessary- and from milking cancer.

How is Ely Lilly milking cancer?  What can you do about it?  Click below to read more…

Milk was such a big deal when I was growing up.  It would make a splash in your morning cereal, sit on the Styrofoam trays in the school cafeteria, and if you had trouble sleeping, a warm glass of milk always made it better.  Adults made sure you drank every last drop of your milk, and celebrities with the famous white moustache told you it does a body good.  While it’s definitely true that milk and other dairy products are good for your body, milk can also be bad for your health.

Last week, M.I.S.S. was invited to listen in on a blogger conference call to learn more about how one company is not only giving milk a bad taste, but also profiting from it.  Ely Lilly, a pharmaceutical giant that’s already under public scrutiny for illegal marketing techniques, is basically milking cancer.  Sadly, there’s just no better way to describe it.

Ely Lilly is the top and sole manufacturer of the artificial hormone, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, or rBGH , a drug given to dairy cows to produce more milk, because simply, more milk equals more money.  This drug was developed by biotech giant Monsato and approved by the FDA in the early 1990’s, despite the initial evidence of links to cancer.  Now, rBGH can increase the risk of cancer, including breast cancer, but yet it’s still strong on the market in the U.S.  All across the lands this drug is banned, from Japan to Amsterdam, and Canada to Kenya, but why is it still legal here? Corporations like Wal-Mart have even gone rBGH-free in their brand of milk!  In this country, to make strides we have to make movements, and this is only the start of it.

But this is not it, folks.  Ely Lilly is part of a cancer profit circle, making money from cancer-prevention drugs, cancer-treatment drugs, and cancer-causing drugs like rBGH.  From the looks of it, anyone would think that Ely Lilly is all pink for breast cancer, but in reality, because of the addition of rBGH to their list of drugs, it’s pinkwashing at its dirtiest.

Thankfully, Breast Cancer Action’s website, Think Before You Pink, has taken this issue by the udders.  Think Before You Pink is dedicated to making consumers understand about the mass pinkwashing that is happening in the market.  Their efforts have already called out major corporations to put an end to their pinkwashing marketing strategies, like KFC’s pink bucket or Yoplait’s pink lid yogurts, which raised money for breast cancer research, yet used rBGH dairy.  Yoplait went rBGH-free, and soon after, so did Dannon, but Think Before You Pink wants to stop it straight from the source.

Last year, Think Before You Pink launched a similar Milking Cancer campaign against Ely Lilly.  Postcards from concerned consumers flooded Ely Lilly, asking them to stop the manufacturing of rBGH…but the company never responded.  This silence is slowly killing people, and it’s time to stop this vicious cycle.

What can you do?  Try these tips to help stop Ely Lilly from milking cancer!

  • SIGN THE PETITION! It’s so easy to do, there’s no reason not to.  Their goal is to get 6,220 e-signatures- one for every day that rBGH was on the market.  Last time I checked it was halfway there…let’s get it going ladies!
  • Check your labels.  Make sure the milk and dairy products are rBGH-free.  Money drives the companies, and if there is none in the market, then hopefully they’ll stop.  Dairy companies that are rBGH-free usually inform their customers right on front of the label, so make sure to look out for that.  Organic milk is always hormone-free and is usually the best bet, but it can be more costly.  If it’s your health you’re talking about, though, it’s worth the extra cents.
  • Peep the scenes.  Going rBGH-free is not only important in your own fridge, but also in the places you and your community frequent.  Check in with your local coffee shops, schools, or restaurants to make sure that their dairy products are also rBGH-free.
  • Spread the word.  Tell your family and friends to go rBGH-free, and while they’re at it, sign the petition, too!  Spread this all over Twitter, and make sure to use the hashtag #MilkingCancer.
  • Eat healthy.  This really has nothing to do with Ely Lilly, but with your own health.  Fruits and vegetables are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, so make sure to get your proper portions to keep your body protected.

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