- In Organic Bytes issue #121, the OCA reported that the
Pennsylvania Agriculture Department (PDA) was moving to ban labeling of
dairy products as rBGH-free. Under pressure from Monsanto, the manufacturer
of the genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone, the PDA listed 16
companies that would be required to remove rBGH-free labels by December
31, 2007. Market analysts surmised that once Pennsylvania successfully
banned such labeling, other states would likely follow.
- Thanks to a massive outcry from the public, Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell has intervened on this issue and is delaying probably
permanently the implementation of the rule in order to thoroughly review
the impact and legality of banning rBGH-free labels. This is great news
for dairy farmers and consumers. The OCA applauds all who took action on
- According to PDA spokesman Chris Ryder, "There was
some level of surprise. We weren't anticipating quite this response."
- Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rbghlink.cfm