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Campaign to Prohibit Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH)

-The Pure Milk Campaign-

The Pure Milk Campaign (part of the larger Pure Food Campaign), was an assembled coalition of farmers, consumer groups, animal welfare organizations, which launched a nationwide consumer boycott of milk and dairy products containing genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (BGH) also known as Bovine Somatotropin (BST). The Campaign carried out protests that included the symbolic dumping of milk in New York and several other cities.  In response, many of the nation's leading supermarket chains, food processors, dairy cooperatives and distributors agreed to provide consumers with milk and dairy products that is BGH-free.


Washington Post, Independent Study Urged of Bovine Growth Hormone; Adequacy of Marketing Research Challenged, September 17, 1987

Science, Market Sours on Milk Hormone, November 17, 1989

Los Angeles Times, Two States OK Milk Hormone Moratoriums, April 28, 1990

Nature, Bovine Growth Hormone Meets New Safety Concerns, August 20, 1992

Nature, F.D.A Panel Sees Problems With Labelling of Milk Hormone, May 13, 1993

Time, Udder Insanity! A Battle is Raging Over Safety of Milk From Cows Treated With a Genetically Engineered Hormone, May 17, 1993

New York Times Grocers Challenge Use of New Drug For Milk Output, February 4, 1994

Nature, BST Enters Battle For Consumers, February 17, 1994

Washington Post, Probe of 2 FDA Officials Sought; Industry Ties Before Approval of Bovine Growth Hormone Are At Issue, April 19, 1994

Washington Post, Probe Clears 3 At FDA Who Approved Cow Hormone, October 29, 1994


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